The 3 Components of Weight???


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”Weight loss” is a common term today, often misunderstood and usually abused by those pushing artificial quick fixes. At the Metabolic Research Center, we focus on whole lifestyle change, taking hormones, diet, exercise and general lifestyle all into account. As you continue down your weight loss journey with us, it is important to understand what makes up the numbers and which things need to be measured to paint an accurate picture of your health.

Fat Weight. Fat cells are tricky little things. Once formed they can never be unformed. The body fills them with stored energy and creates more as needed. However as you lose weight, they flatten out, but still cling to your body! Just remember that empty fat cells are far healthier than full ones and your body will have no need to create more once you deplete them of stored energy.

Muscle Weight. The common misconception is that “a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat.” Let’s clear this up right now. When both are placed on a scale, a pound is a pound. What people really mean to say is that muscle tissue is denser than fat tissue and takes up less room in the body. On average, lean muscle is 18% more dense than fat, and is far smoother and tighter than lumpy fluffy fat cells. Remember this as you step on the scale and grade your progress. You may have lost a pound of fat but gained a pound of muscle. To keep this in perspective, try tracking your size changes with a body measuring tape or fat caliper.

Water Weight. This term is most often associated with hormones and bloating. But did you know that your muscles naturally carry a great deal of water weight? This is because of glycogen. Your body runs on this stuff and it converts carbohydrates or fat into it to use for fuel. Every gram of glycogen has 2 to 3 grams of water attached to it. As your diet changes and you are more efficiently burning the glycogen from carbohydrates, your body will turn to the muscles for extra energy. As this glycogen is burned off, you’re losing 3 to 4 times the weight in just water.

The key is to use several tools to track your progress. Your eMetabolic specialist will help you on your journey and keep your perspective clear. Stick with it, stay positive, and get a clear understanding of what “weight loss” means for you.

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