What is the different between weight loss and fat loss? Which of these two types of body mass losing processes is healthier? Which of the two can be attained quicker, which of the two works more effectively? And ultimately, which between weight loss and fat loss is an overall better body mass losing process? A great comparative match-up these two make, but in the end, there may only be one which would ultimately be better than the other.
First off, fat loss and weight loss are two totally different
processes. The common misconception people often make is thinking and
claiming that the loss of fat and weight loss are one and the same. That
could not be any more wrong. While losing weight can mean loss of fat,
it does not necessarily mean that they are one and the same process of
losing body mass. There are specifics ways each hold, and though they
may have a few elements which are highly identical, they are separate
What is fat loss? In its most basic definition, the loss of fat is
the process of losing body fat using a variety of means. Those means may
differ from exercise, to diet, to even liposuction procedures. However
the means may differ, as long as their goals are focused toward losing
Fat is not all bad, but is not all good either. Fat is needed by the
body because it is what the body burns when it is put through stress and
work. It is unhealthy for either a man or a woman to have 0% body fat;
what would his or her body have to burn then? In the absence of fat, the
body eats other parts of itself like muscle, which is more on weight
loss already. The normal fat percentage men should have is between 12 to
about 20 percent; women should have significantly more, around 15 to
about 25 percent, since they would need extra fat for when they get
This is easily mistaken to be the same as weight loss since a lot of
people think all their weight is composed of fat. This is not true. Yes,
a person's weight is composed of his or her fat, but overall weight is
total accumulation of more than just fat (which will be touched upon
later on when weight loss is discussed). Fat is not the only factor
which makes a person heavy. Fat is, however, the most dispensable and
expendable excess of the body which can be lost to make a person's
weight lighter, without his or her body being unhealthy.
Weight loss, similar to fat loss, is also the process of the body
losing fat, but not only fat. A person's body is composed not only of
fat, but also of bones, muscles, tissues, organs, skin, and many more.
Fat alone does not make a body heavy, but all the internal and external
parts of the body, as long as it is attached to it, is what makes a body
weigh the way it does. Weight loss then, is the process in which the
body loses fat, or muscle mass, or bone mass, or organ weight, or skin
weight, or a combination of all of these.
Weight loss is not entirely a bad process your body can potentially
go through, but compared to losing fat, it is not an advisable process
for your body to go through. Weight, as an overall category, is highly
essential for your body's overall health. Losing muscle mass or bone
mass is not something your body should go through. This is why your body
needs fat, so it does not eat muscle or bone mass.
When a person loses more than just fat, the body highly decreases in
weight. If you are an individual who has no more fat to burn or lose,
you should be very, very careful not to go overboard and lose more than
just fat. People like anorexics suffering from anorexia often do not
have fat left in their bodies to lose or burn, so they become thinner,
and more fragile, until they die due to severe weight loss.
In this match-up between these two goals, it may seem that fat loss
is the preferred victor over weight loss. It may be the case, but do
keep in mind that weight loss is not an option you shouldn't choose to
take. Just be wary, however, to only have a goal of losing fat and not
any other type of weight, and this match-up might end with a draw.
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