6 of Your Top Fitness and Nutrition Questions… Answered!
By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Click here to find me on Facebook
In my previous article, you had 3 of your top fitness and nutrition questions answered. Now, dive in to the second half so you can get the next group of answers to your questions!
Muscle weighs more than fat, right?
Well, you tell me something first. What weighs more: 1lb of feathers or 1lb of bricks? If you answered with anything besides, “They weigh the same. A pound is a pound, no matter what the material,” then I may need to call up your elementary school teacher and give her a stern talkin’ to!
The common misconception that muscle weighs more than fat comes from the fact, that muscle is actually more dense than fat by about 18%. Therefore, muscle will occupy less volume (space) in the body as opposed to fat. So, when you are monitoring your weight on the scales, don’t panic if you see your numbers rise gradually! In fact, it’s a good thing! If you are being very diligent with your workouts and disciplined with your eating habits, that weight gain is lean muscle mass that you are putting on! If you ever have any concerns, ask your local gym if you can get your body fat tested. That way you can monitor your body fat percentage and not just obsess over the number on the scale!
If I don’t eat will I lose weight?
O.K. If you are going to take any advice from me after finishing this article, please take this: there is NO situation that will ever arise that is going to constitute you starving yourself for weight loss. This can go only 1 of 2 ways:
- You starve yourself or eat as minimal calories as it takes to keep you from passing out and that in turn makes the number on the scale go down. Do you want to know what else is going to go down? Your muscle mass. When you don’t give your body nourishment, your body begins to look for it in other places. Since you aren’t providing it with fuel, it uses the only thing it has access to. What would that be? YOU! Your body begins to cannibalize itself. Sure, it will feed on your fat as well, but it doesn’t favor fat over muscle. It will take whatever is there. You’ll begin feeling weaker and you’ll have your organs eventually begin to shut down. Next time you think about starving yourself instead of going the proper route of a good diet and exercise, ask yourself, “Is it really worth it?”
- You starve yourself and your body thinks, “Uh, so, I guess if you aren’t going to feed me, I am going to have to hold on to what we have!” Get it? Your body is going to keep your weight. Because you aren’t fueling your body with the energy it needs, it will then go into “fat storage mode” and keep everything. Since it doesn’t know when it is going to be provided with food again, it’s going to hold on to the fuel sources that it does has.
As you can see, neither of these scenarios plays out well for you in the end. Do your body a solid favor and properly fuel it with healthy foods and give it some physical activity!
What’s the most amount of weight I should be losing each week?
It’s not uncommon for many people to think that they should be losing 30-50 pounds a month. Many weight loss competition television shows that are popular right now portray an unrealistic representation of how much weight people should be losing in a week, a month or a year’s’ time span. The fact is that the more weight you have on your body to lose, the quicker it will come off.
The healthiest rate to take-off weight is going to be 1-2 pounds a week. Those who go at this rate are proven to be the most successful at keeping their weight off once losing it!
There you have it! I hope you now feel much more informed about a few topics you may have been wondering about for a while now. We would love to discuss more information with you to help you be more aware of what is best for you in terms of your health and fitness! Come visit us at Gold’s Gym!