Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your personal trainer in Amarillo.  Yesterday’s topic contrasted losing weight for now or losing weight for good. Today we are taking that topic a little further with, if a pound is a pound, what does it matter what I lose?  Well, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but a pound of muscle and a pound of fat are not the same thing.  I’ll explain why a little later on.  If you have questions about today’s blog or would like more information about how to cast off your excess bulk, give us a call: 806-322-3188.

I think most of you would agree that you would rather work towards keeping the weight off for good instead of planning to gain it back later on with a shortcut like a crash diet. The problem lies within the workouts, the nutrition, and the habits you have misaligning with your goal.  If you take on a hardcore crash diet, you know you’ll lose weight, but can you maintain it after the diet is completed?  Weight loss via crash dieting is impossible to continue for life. It is too restrictive to last past the 3, 6, or 8 week program. Many folks get bored/frustrated/annoyed by the limitations even before the program is over. Consider, as you’re choosing your approach to your weight loss, “will I be willing to continue this habit everyday after the program is over? Can I get the help I need and slowly progress towards what I want over time?” Slowly!?, you say. I know most of us don’t want to think about losing weight slowly. We are busy people with things to do and they need to be done now. Unfortunately for a lifestyle goal like weight loss, it doesn’t work that way. Whenever we take our time to lose weight, it will be easier to keep those pounds off for good.

A pound is a pound, what does it matter what I lose? Right. A pound is a unit of measurement and that weight is the same regardless if it is a pound of muscle or a pound of fat, but which one you lose will make a huge difference in how you look and feel.  You’ll hear people say that a pound of muscle weighs more than pound of fat. That’s not true.  A pound of cotton balls and a pound of bacon are the same weight, but the difference comes in the appearance.  A muscle is lean and dense whereas fat is bulbous and jellied.  Understanding that the kind of weight you lose, muscle versus fat, is important.

The hard part if figuring out what you are losing and when. You can stand on a scale, but the number you see isn’t divided up into muscle and fat percentages. It’s a summation of your body in that moment in time – digestion, fluids, bones, and all.  When someone begins a weight loss program, what are they losing? The first thing the body will yield is water weight. Our body’s conserve a lot of water. For every 1 carb gram your body stores 3 grams of water. If your diet consists mainly of carbohydrates, your body will be holding onto a TON of water.  Also, if you aren’t a big water drinker and keeping yourself hydrated, your body will reserve even more water when it gets the chance because it is not sure when the next time it will see those molecules again. The body requires water everyday to function.  Water is the first thing to go when you are eating nutritiously.

If you remove carbs and replace it with vegetables and protein and increase your water consumption, the reservoir of water weight will drop off.  This is only a piece of the puzzle. It is easy to drop the weight, then resume your old carb-eating-habit and put it all back on.  Dropping water weight does not a lifestyle change make.

People who aren’t feeding the body properly while taking on high endurance workouts or following overly-strict meal plans, they will begin to lose muscle mass. Your body will stop functioning at an optimal level and begin to start conserving fat in an effort to stave off starvation. Even if you aren’t working out and just going through the daily grind, your body needs fuel to move. When you are doing restrictive calorie diets, you lose muscle and hoard water while becoming more bloated. Your body will eventually change it’s resting metabolic rate. This requires you to eat even less to lose weight. Our bodies will adapt very quickly.

The third thing you will lose during some diets, is inflammation.  That’s a great thing to rid your body of; not all diet plans focus on inflammation.  If you are eating according to your body’s needs and you are eliminating ingredients that your body does not process well, you have the opportunity to burn up some inflammation. The first 3 weeks of our Down Size program focuses on combing through the organs to get rid of inflammation. The average person carries approximately 10 – 15 pounds of inflammation. That’s just fluff that you don’t need!  Know any guys in your life who have the “beer belly” or distended gut?  That’s often caused by inflammation from eating the wrong things. A food based detox (nothing crazy like the liquid fast or  cleanse) where you can eat everything but the inflammation culprits can make a huge change for people.

If you follow a good balance of foods that your body will process well, your body will discard fat. That’s the missing piece.  Most personal trainers  in Amarillo and online resources I’ve seen focus on the number on the scale rather than your overall health. The latter comes from losing fat and inflammation whereas the former works solely from water weight and muscle loss.

At Custom Fitness we focus on a slow burn to get at the stubborn fat and reset the body from inflammatory damage. Most of our Down Size participants will lose, on average, one to three percent body fat.  We show them an ultrasound cross section of their waist. They can actually visualize the layers of fat to muscle when they begin and when they’ve completed the program.  This spurs on their motivation and they have learned healthy habits along the way to keep the progress going.

If you would be interested in losing up to 20 pounds of the inflammation and fat based weight for good, our last Down Size session for 2017 is open for registration.  The program begins October 30th and we have a few spots remaining. We cap all of our sessions to 20 participants to keep our services personable. We want to know who you are and what your goals are. You are more to us than just a gym membership.  If you lose 15 inches throughout the 6 week course, you’ll receive a 100% refund.  Sound like something you’re ready to try? Reach out to our team and we’ll hook you up with an application.

If Down Size is too large a step for you and you’re just interested in how Custom Fitness can get you on track to the better body and healthier life you envision, we can do that too.  Our team can create a tailored-to-you exercise program and teach you how healthy eating doesn’t have to taste like cardboard. We will be your accountability partner and work with you every step of the way.  You can contact us at 806-322-3188 or info@customfitness.biz.  We would love to bring you in for a consultation to see if what we do is a fit for what you need. At Custom Fitness we are YOUR personal trainer in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day!