Did you know losing weight can sometimes make you fatter?
Updated: Jan 13, 2022
This seems totally unreal....how can it be? You lower your caloric intake, start moving more.....and you are losing weight so how can that make you fatter? We have all been trained on guiding our fat loss by weight, but that is a giant myth....you see weight is composed of so much more than just fat, and unless you know what your weight is made of, there is no way of knowing if you are actually losing fat....or sadly gaining it!
For example, "A" and "B" were the same height and weight, and had the same percentage of body fat. Each lost 10 lbs over the same period of time. Although their weights are still identical, "A" is now fatter! She simply cut calories, and got to moving, which resulted in a loss of muscle tissue, meaning her percentage of body fat increased. "B" decided to see a sports science nutritionist, just like Bill at Devine Body Design, she exercised, made some small changes that were suggested to her, like what to eat/drink before, during and after her workouts. She made a few small changes to her diet, but not much and in a very short period of time, "B" dropped her body fat from 27% to 21%, meaning she increased her lean muscle mass, therefore her metabolism increased, causing fat to burn.
It is Important to Know What Your Weight is Made of
It's not the amount of weight you have, but the amount of body fat vs. lean muscle mass that is potentially dangerous to your health. You can only know the true measurement of these with an accurate body composition machine.
Carrying too much body fat...even if externally you look thin....can increase your risk of developing serious health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Maintaining a healthy body fat to lean muscle mass ratio can reduce your risk and help prevent the onset of these conditions....not to mention you look and feel better all around!
Until now, getting an accurate body composition reading (a machine that can measure your body fat, lean muscle mass, bone mass, water% and much much more) has been expensive and time consuming, usually conducted only through medical and athletic facilities--or simply left to guesswork.
But now there is another option....make an appointment with Bill at Devine Body Design and get your accurate body composition test done today....It's FREE with no purchase necessary!
Devine Body Design
6681 Magnolia AVe STe.A
Riverside, CA 92506
If you are curious about how the machine we use is the most accurate, here is a breakdown of the different body composition machines and their record of measurement and accuracy:
1) DXA (Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry). This method allows fat distribution throughout the entire body to be read in a single scan. It is extremely reliable and provides a high degree of precision requiring only one measurement. However, the equipment is very expensive, a person must lie perfectly still for 10-20 minutes while the scan is taken exposing them to low level radiation. DXA is used mainly in research studies.
2) Hydrostatic Weighing (Underwater Weighing). Done correctly, this method is also quite accurate, and the results are often repeatable. However, the test is somewhat subjective because it relies upon the subject's ability to expel all oxygen from their lungs while submerged in a tank of water. Oxygen remaining in the lungs will skew the results. In clinical settings, this procedure is repeated a number of times, and an average is taken. The "tank" is expensive and the inconvenience to the user is considerable. Because of the cost, lengthy testing process and physical burden to the subject, this method is more suitable for research studies.
3) Conventional BIA. Conventional Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis methods are accurate, but the process is not as convenient as the Multi-Frequency BIA method and may be somewhat subjective based on the placement of electrodes. The user must be in a horizontal position while electrodes and conductive jelly are placed on a wrist and ankle. This procedure is usually performed in a physician's office or clinic. Most conventional BIA manufacturers use Hydrostatic Weighing as the reference method.
4) Multi-Frequency BIA (Devine Body Design uses this Body Composition Machine). The Multi-Frequency BIA produces very accurate results that are highly correlated with both DXA (the reference method) and Hydrostatic Weighing. Measurements are very repeatable when tests are performed under consistent conditions. There is no physical imposition to the user and the entire procedure takes less than one minute!
5) Calipers. Skinfold measurements taken by calipers are easy to do, inexpensive and the method is portable. However, results can be very subjective depending on the skill of the technician and the site(s) measured. The quality of the clipers is also a factor. Inexpensive models sold for home use are usually less accurate than those used by an accredited technician. Additionally, the more obese the subject, the more difficult to "pinch" the skin correctly. Many people find calipers to be uncomfortable and invasive.
6) NIR (Near Infra-Red). This method has become popular because it is simple, fast, non-invasive and the equipment is relatively inexpensive. However, studies have produced mixed results, and a high degree of error has occurred with very lean and very obese people. Numerous sources report that more research is needed to substantiate this method.
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