Losing Weight VS Losing Fat
Losing weight does not always mean smaller number on the scales. However I have noticed that not very many people can get their heads around this idea. I prefer to say “losing fat” or even better “shredding” (assuming we are talking about fat). Why do I want to change the wording? What is the difference? And who cares?
Well, I would like people to change the way they say things in order to change their thinking. Fake it till you make it, they say. Saying something which is not here yet can in fact make it be there, one day. The difference between “loosing weight” and “shredding” is massive, in my opinion. Loosing weight often means loosing actual physical weight not only reducing the fat percentage but also weakening muscles and making bones fragile as a result. Therefore, looking weight is relatively unhealthy in comparison with shredding which implies reducing fat percentage keeping muscles and bones healthy. Now, I care about it simply because by changing two words we change the entire concept and hence the approach to weight loss.
Some Scary Stats About Aussies
While I was writing my university assignment, I learnt some very curious facts from a variety of courses. Did you know…
In 2011–12, around 60 per cent of Australian adults were classified as overweight or obese. In 2007, around 25 per cent of children aged 2–16 were overweight or obese. Everyone knows how Australians love their outdoor time, playing cricket, tanning on the beach, mostly staying active and healthy. However according to several sources, Australia (and now New Zealand as well) is one of the fattest countries in the developed world. Moreover, if Australians continue at the current pace of weight gain, by 2025, close to 80 per cent of all Australian adults and a third of all children will be overweight or obese. A health survey released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that in 2011-12, 63 per cent of adults are overweight (35 per cent) or obese (28 per cent). The figure was up from 61 per cent in 2007-08 which is clearly very concerning.
There is clearly something wrong with the country which I have always perceived as highly active and absolutely obsessed with fitness and sports. Well, I myself put over 10 kg since arrival to Down Under which makes me wonder. Did you know that restaurants and takeaway meals is the highest weekly item of food expenditure for Australian households in all income groups? It is cultural in Australia to eat out and consume alcohol throughout the week and unfortunately it is not doing any good for the nation. People in Australia simply eat too much and too unhealthy!
It is of a special concern for people with “poorer” genetics like myself. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that genetics can influence the way people “capture, store, and release energy from food”. For example, I can exercise five times a day but eat poorly and keep gaining fat instead of burning it while exercising. Some people need very little effort to shape their bodies the way they want them and others struggle for years.
On other hand, many people are sure that with a lot of effort and determination, any genetic curse can be broken. Generally suggested plan of the fat attack is the following:
CHANGE YOUR LIFE. In order to be able to follow any exercise or eating plan you need to change your habits and the way of thinking. Many people struggle with becoming “healthy” . Friends, family and co-workers are often not helpful by suddenly becoming “sharing is caring” supporters, bringing more chocolate to work or pouring larger plate of soup. It does not mean that people around you are evil, they are simply different, just like you were before deciding to change your life. No one likes change. If you want to succeed though you will have to change your life, especially if your genes are holding you back.
REDUCE STARCHY CARBS. It is no longer a secret that rice, potato, pasta and bread turns into fat as soon as eaten. Sorry guys but if you like sandwiches, sushi, fried chips or Italian cuisine you are most likely to be struggling with fat rather than people who prefer to stay away from all the white carbs. Personally, I have been telling my peers that I honestly dislike rice, potato, pasta and bread in order to stop them from asking me “c’mon just have a bite” as well as tricking myself into believing that I in fact don’t like these foods. Fake it till you make it, remember.
BURN MORE THAN YOU CONSUME. Another common sense fact that if you burn more calories than you consume (daily) you start loosing fat. On other hand, calories is energy, energy is what you need to run your well being therefore do not go crazy. This is a very tricky area as well simply because different people need different amount of energy to support their well being. There are million of different tools to calculate how many calories you need to consume to be alive. Personally, I find it very challenging to consume 1200 calories a day but absolutely amazing. This is what shreds my genetically very stubborn fat. Moreover, my fat won’t move anywhere till I make some very radical carbs and cals reductions. You can also increase your exercising time if you cannot reduce the amount of calories you consume; however that can be exhausting and time consuming.
DRINK WATER. Water assist you in transportation functions in the body as well as fat burning. Also drinking calories free water makes you feel fuller hence you fit less food in yourself.
 It’s official: We eat too much, Life & Style, Sydney Morning Herald
 Obesity and Overweight, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Government
 Australians Are Getting Fatter, New York Times
 Obesity in Australia, Medical, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University
 Nation’s number of obese growing, Sydney Morning Herald