When comparing fat loss vs weight loss, there is a significant difference in the approach required and the results you can expect. More importantly, the permanence of one vs the other is the key. On this page I will explain the difference in the results, the approach and the reasons for the sustainability difference between the two descriptions.
This chart captures the difference in a nutshell. How, you might ask, can there be such an obvious set of differences when comparing fat loss vs weight loss? Well, just think about it for a moment. If we look at weight loss, there are a number of ways to lose weight. You can starve yourself, dehydrate yourself, wear yourself out with endless hours on at treadmill or you can change your lifestyle and make your body a fat burning juggernaut. You see, fat loss is a subset of weight loss. The big difference is that, with fat loss, you are getting rid of something that your body barely needs and you definitely don't want in a large quantity for your long term health. Losing any of the other ways is not sustainable and not healthy for you long term.
It boils down to this....focus on your body and how you feel instead of the scale. It's about your fitness and health, not just your weight. You can be so skinny that you are sick looking. You may have seen people like that. The next time you see them, they may have put a bunch of weight back on. Not good!!
In fact, it is even very likely that you will gain some weight, at some point in the journey, when focusing on fat loss vs weight loss. Why? Because the best way to burn fat is to build muscle. Muscle is more dense than fat. So when you replace fat with muscle you actually get heavier (to a limited extent unless your goal is to get massive) at some point. Don't panic, though. This is a GOOD thing. Having that muscle helps you burn fat even when at rest. This is because that new muscle you have been developing needs fuel to recover and grow. The fat in your body is an excellent source of fuel for this process. Here is a link to this described in a different way.
We've now covered the differences in results for this comparison and touched on the approach. Now let's discuss the sustainability aspect of fat loss vs weight loss.
I mentioned at the outset that the sustainability of fat loss (a specific term) is the key difference when compared to weight loss (a general term). In order to make fat loss sustainable, i.e, permanent, one has to be willing to make a permanent lifestyle change. Not being fat is a lifestyle decision that affects more than your appearance. It also significantly affects your long-term health. I am betting that you already know that or you would not be reading this site. As you will find throughout Newleaneryou.com, I advocate for changes in your fitness and nutrition programs that will evolve with you for the remainder of your life. It's not a fad exercise program or diet. It's a way of living your life in a healthy manner. It is not a quick fix. It takes time and commitment. That is why committing to strength training and proper nutrition is a life-long sustainable approach. It becomes part of what you are, not just what you do.
I won't duplicate what is published elsewhere on this site. In summary: I want you to make weight training and a balanced diet with lean protein, complex carbohydrates and fruits and veggies to be a major part of your life. Burn fat, don't just lose weight. Doing so will last you a lifetime.