It's unfortunate that we’re living in very body conscious times. Though many people have taken a stand recently to cut through the noise, expose the photoshopping and the unrealistic expectations, and separate the truth from the fakery – there still needs to be some things cleared up.
You are not fat, you have fat
“I’m fat”, “I don’t want to get fat”, “Do I look fat in this?” or "I feel fat". It’s probably not outrageous to assume that be you male, female, young or old, you’ve used phrases like these before. But fat isn’t a state of being. To put it into perspective for a minute - If you had a broken leg, you wouldn’t say “I am a broken leg”. You wouldn’t say “I am asthma”, you have asthma. We have a lot of skin on your body– but you aren’t skin! You get my gist.
The reality to remember is that we all store fat on our bodies, and there are several types…
Brown – brown fat is derived from muscle, and is mostly found in hibernating animals and newborn babies. Though it is more prevalent in infancy, and decreases as we get older, we do still store small amounts of this fat in adulthood. Brown fat is made up of iron-containing mitochondria (the energy powerhouse of the cell), and its function is to burn energy in order to generate heat.
White – The more common fat store on our bodies, of which there are several types. The purpose of white fat is mainly to store energy as it's the largest energy reserve in the body. It is used as cushioning when you fall and it protects your vital organs from being damaged. Fat is vital. We need it to insulate our bodies and absorb important vitamins. But there are some harmful types of white fat, and having too much of it around the organs is when it can become dangerous.
This isn’t to say that fat loss isn’t important to you. If fat loss is your goal, we can start making changes in the 'Take Control' programme. It’s just a friendly reminder to be kind in the way that you talk to yourself.
Which means your weight… it isn’t just fat!
Another common outcry, “I need to lose weight”. The word weight is thrown around with a lot of, well, weight attached to it. Your overall body weight is not simply your fat. This is why it’s important not to rely on the scales to dictate how you feel about your body, and how you target your health.
Stepping on a scale measures only one thing – the entire weight of your body.
When you’re calculating that overall weight, you’re getting the measurement of your: fat, muscle, bone, organs, water – not to mention the remainder of matter, tissues, tendons, ligaments.
There are also some vital things you’re not factoring in when you’re calculating your weight this way: Age, Gender, Height.
If one of your goals is to lose some weight, the best way to separate fat from everything else, is to calculate your body fat percentage. And just always be aware, that if you’re also gaining muscle, you might not necessarily see a drastic drop in your overall weight.
If you're crash dieting then you will lose muscle and water, not necessarily body fat. If you regain the weight then you will gain further body fat and damage your metabolism due to losing muscle during your crash diet. This is why it's important to lose weight in a more controlled and balanced way. In a way that's sustainable and healthy for you and your body.
I always recommend taking photos an measurements through your journey, so that you can see a more truthful view of the changes in your physique over time.
It really is a case of what goes in VS what goes out
There are some seriously bonkers diets out there, put together without even an A Level of science involved in their conception. There are also some really strict and restrictive eating programmes for people training for extreme challenges (like bodybuilding). You can find these everywhere online, and they will look like a desirable quick fix, but even the bodybuilding pros themselves will tell you that whilst these restrictive diets might get you a competition win, they can’t be lived on sustainably.
If you’re out of shape, think about how long it took you to get there. It didn’t happen overnight. The same applies for getting back into shape, you’re going to need to have a certain amount of patience… but that’s why I offer a programme that will help you for the rest of your life, not just to lose weight quickly. If we start making those changes now (and make changes that you can sustain), in a years time you’ll look back and be surprised at how far you’ve come.
You’re smart. You probably know just as well as I do that the fad diet at the sketchy online source isn’t going to get you the results you want. If fat loss is one of your goals, and you’d like to regain control of your body, click the button below to check out a bespoke solution that will actually work.
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The Take Control Programme
The 12 week Take Control programme is an online course that helps you lose weight and keep it off. It provides you with a step-by-step process that allows you to take control of your weight, your health, and your future.