Fat Loss Vs Weight Loss: What Helps More In The Longer Run?

When it comes to weight loss, we often get confused between fat and weight loss

Vani Malik
Written by: Vani MalikPublished at: Feb 20, 2020Updated at: Feb 20, 2020
Fat Loss Vs Weight Loss: What Helps More In The Longer Run?

Weight management is one of the major concerns for most people. When it comes to losing weight, there are certain things that we all overlook. To be in the race of looking slim and trim, we forget how one should lose weight without compromising on body aesthetics. There are two essential factors that we must consider while losing weight - fat loss and weight loss. It may sound the same, but these are two very different aspects that we must know about before starting on a weight loss journey.

Fat Loss And Weight Loss Are Different


Gaurav Taneja, certified nutritionist, pilot, civil engineer and a vlogger explains that fat loss, losing fats from our body, should be our aim and not weight loss. The two are very different from each other. “Fat loss is losing excess fat from your body and weight loss is losing the mass of our body, which can be water weight, muscle weight, fat deposits or even bony mass (mostly scene in old people). Most of the people think that weight loss is the right way, but this is not necessary. For example, if you go to gym, and do an intensive workout to lose fats, you might lose fats and gain muscles, and your weight would remain the same, but it’s still far better than having fat deposits in our body, on the contrary, if we lose weight and in the process lose our muscle mass as well as body fats, we will look less on the weighing scale but in the process, we have lost our muscle strength, which can make us weak, in the fitness world a term for this is skinny fats,” he explains.

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Weight Loss Is Easier Than Fat Loss


You can control your diet and still lose weight without exercising or working out, but this doesn’t mean you are losing extra fat from your body. Losing muscle mass can make one feel weak to do day-to-day chores too. You need a proper trainer and diet regime to lose fats in your body. For example, when you have jaundice, you still lose weight, but does it make you fitter or healthier? Losing weight is easy with the new trends of crash diet, which is very popular amongst models or to be bride and groom, but these kind of crash diets are extremely harmful to your body. As soon as you stop following the plan, you gain weight rapidly, which will make you even weaker rather than healthier.

Limitations of Fad Diets

Nutritionist Gaurav Taneja explains, “Going on fad diets is the latest trend, but one should know the side effects it can have on the body. Some visible side effects which can be witnessed after a few weeks of fad diets include a weak eyesight, hair loss and pale nails. Moreover, more than anything it common for those on fad diets to feel weaker and fatigued most of the times while losing weight.”

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Most Fad Diets Restrict Fats


In most of the fad diets, which guarantee fast weight loss, you stop eating fats altogether, which is wrong. Our body needs protein, fats and carbohydrates in moderate amounts to function properly. If you stop the intake of fat altogether, our body thinks we are deprived of fats and will hold onto the fat deposits in our body.

In conclusion, fat loss is a slow but long-lasting and healthy process.

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