Whats the difference? A 2 min read
Many people join PLT wanting to ‘lose weight’ but what does that really mean?
Often people don’t even use a bathroom scale so it really means they wish to reduce their body size, change its appearance, make it perform better, make clothes looser/go down clothes sizes.
Your body, being approx. 65% water, will regulate the water it holds because ‘life’. If you become dehydrated, or if you’ve ever done a water cut, your weight goes down but eventually your body the regulates fluids it holds and your weight returns to its previous level .
So to move your weight down you need to burn fat.
** This doesn’t mean ‘burning fat when you exercise, that’s fat as an energy source, you need to ‘burn off’ the adipose tissue and that’s a different substrate**
So you’re working with a coach at PLT and your coach has you eating to a deficit; no PLT clients, on a weight loss plan, eats enough to gain fat... but one day your weight spikes - is that fat?
No, that’s just body fluids shifting, it can’t ever be fat but it’s very annoying we understand that!
You may have heard of a "WHOOSH" ?
As you lose fat, your body refills the fat cells with water, again your body’s trying to maintain homeostasis and life, eventually the fat cell collapses and ‘whoosh’ the scale drops! This is a common occurrence you may have already experienced!
If your body doesn’t have enough fuel to support it it will burn fat. When you’re sick, or women have their monthly cycle, your body will flood with fluids but you’re still burning fat. This is why post sickness or your cycle ends, your weight generally drops. It was burning fat all along but hiding it - pesky body!
This is why your coach looks at your weight averages, never your one day weight, what you weigh on check-in day means little to us...it’s your overall week always.
So if you can, try and understand the difference between fat loss and weight loss, its fat loss you are working towards not weight loss, and you’ll find the bathroom scale is a less scary object!
Hi, I'm Paul Leonard.