Buck-up, Fat-Loss is Slow

 
Have you ever tried to lose weight?  Frustrating, isn’t it?

I have been on all sides of this process.  When I started I was 300 lbs.
 
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I was completely out of shape, had low self-esteem, was miserable, and had just been diagnosed with high blood pressure – and was on the verge of being diabetic.

Something had to change.

When I started 5-years ago, it was easy.  All I had to do was stop eating bags of Tostitos Tortilla Chips and stop my 2 bag a week habit of Oreos.

Seriously, I could still eat chips and I could still eat Oreos, just not as many.  I did 30-minute workouts, and I loss weight fast.

Much of that initial 60-lbs that came off in a little more than 4-months was water.

Then it got harder – and that’s what people do not explain.  As you get smaller, the amount of water goes down, and then it goes into fat, and that’s a much slower process.

Much slower.

In my opinion, fat-loss fast is a misnomer, and misleads people into thinking that fat-loss is easy.  It’s not.

 

Fat-loss vs. Weight loss

 


 
Fat-loss and weight loss are two different things.  I mistakenly equated fat-loss with weight loss, but they are not the same.

You can be actively loosing fat, and not lose any weight.  How?  You are gaining muscle at the same time.  Yes, it’s more than possible.  Your measurements will often go down, your pants size will go down, but the scale will stay the same, or even increase.  Your body composition (the fat to muscle ratio improves).  You begin to look more fit and healthy.  Your abs will peek out and say hi.  You will have better muscle definition.

If your diet is set correctly and you are consistently weight and resistance training, it’s totally possible, no matter how big or small you are.

Weight loss is something totally different.  Weight loss is what most of us track when we step onto the scale.  Weight loss would include fat-loss, muscle-loss and water loss.  If you are on a drastic caloric deficit and/or doing a lot of cardio with minimal to no weight/resistance training – you will lose weight.  Weight loss is fast, and easy, just as long as you don’t mind eating much and doing a ton of cardio.

If you are losing weight, you will know because the scale will show a consistent week-to-week decrease.

A person exhibiting weight loss would lack muscle definition, and their body composition might be poor (more fat than muscle), but they would be skinny or skinnier.

 

Fat-loss

 
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I know this isn’t want you want to hear.  This isn’t what sales.  But I would rather promote reality, than try to sell you fake news.

Enough with the fake news, already.

Fat-loss is slow.  It’s very slow, and it takes a lot of work.

There I said it.  Buck-up!

You have to consistently train, you have to track your food, and still it’s slow.  In my experience, you have to take breaks, and come back at it.  You may even have to reverse, gain fat, and lose it again.

It’s a process that’s not for the faint of heart.  But the thing is, a slow thoughtful scientific based approach, will get you where you want to be, maybe not in 2-weeks, or 2-months, or 6-months, or 12-months (LOL), but you will get there.

It really depends upon your diet history, your starting weight, and your ultimate goal.

The glorious thing about the process, even though it’s slow, it’s manageable.  You get to eat a lot of real food.  There is no starving and no endless cardio.  The most important thing,  your fat loss is maintainable!  You don’t yo-yo up and down, and that’s the magnificent part.  You develop the mindset and the skills along the way to manage your body and a weight/look that’s comfortable for you – eating food.

So yeah, I am not going to lie, I don’t eat pizza or pasta, because those things are hard for me to control.  That’s a personal thing.  But I don’t eat them, not because I can’t have them, but because they are a trigger, and it’s not worth it to me.  But I do love rolled oats, and white rice, and bagels – and I do incorporate all those things into my diet – and enjoy them.

So with this post, I was hoping to show you, that while not easy, it’s so worth it.  Sometimes the easy way, isn’t the way to go, you know?  Think about that as you make your choices, even if you are 300 lbs.  Learn how to eat.  Don’t take shortcuts.  You will win.

 
 

What has been your experience with weight loss and fat-loss?
 

Lisa
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  1. I have been following your journey on Instagram and I am so proud of how far you came!

  2. I am so so impressed with you fat loss journey. It’s such a tough and scary process but you have done so well. You have proved that if you stick with it, it’s totally possible x #MMBH

  3. Lisa, this is wonderful! So happy for you. You are a great example to the people who persist in trying one temporary diet after another and stay stuck in the yo-yo syndrome. #MMBH
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  4. Congratulations on the achieving your healthy goals. You look fabulous! Have a great week, Kippi #kippiathome

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