Is Fat Loss the Same as Weight Loss?

It's that time of year- the holidays parties are over and summer is just around the corner. You might be looking for a way to kick start your aesthetic goals! Before you make a game plan, you should know the facts. Let's start with fat loss versus weight loss. Did you know they're not the same?

Here’s the basics of weight loss and fat loss, what you need to know, and which you should be focusing on to achieve your health and aesthetic goals!

What is weight loss?

Weight loss is a decrease in muscle, water, and fat. It might sound counterintuitive, but because muscle is denser than fat, losing muscle and gaining fat can actually yield a lighter weight! Your overall weight loss and gain can be measured by stepping on a traditional scale, like the kind in your home bathroom

What is fat loss?

On the other hand, fat loss is strictly weight loss resulting in losing, or burning, fat. While it’s hard to specifically track fat loss on a traditional scale, there are other, more specific methods (that are oftentimes more accurate), like a body fat scale or skinfold calipers. And like we mentioned under the weight loss definition: the measurement of your fat does NOT include water weight or weight from muscle. Also important to keep in mind is that when you gain fat, the fat cells increase in size, and if you lose fat, your existing fat cells will decrease in size.

So, should I focus on weight loss or fat loss?

The answer is complex; weight loss can be attained by a healthy diet and exercise. It can also happen when you consume fewer fluids (although this isn't recommended for extended periods of time). Because weight loss is not strictly about losing fat (or water), it can also include losing muscle over time (which is also not recommended and likely not preferred). So ultimately, establishing a healthy diet and exercise routine can promote fat loss, in addition to aiding in overall weight loss as well!

But what about the stuff that won't budge?

Even if you're doing it all right- consuming a balanced diet, getting in your workouts regularly, and sticking to a healthy lifestyle, there might still be those specific pockets of fat that simply won't go away. When that's the case, CoolSculpting® may be your best bet!

CoolSculpting® is a noninvasive fat-freezing treatment that is FDA-cleared for nine areas of the body. People typically experience up to a 20-25% fat reduction in the treated area after a single CoolSculpting® treatment (keep in mind, more than one session is typically needed for optimal results). CoolSculpting® targets stubborn fat that can’t be reduced by diet and exercise alone, and once these fat cells are frozen, they die and are processed and eliminated by the body- resulting in treated fat that is gone for good!

Now that you have a better understanding of the differences between weight loss and fat loss, you are even more prepared to reach your goals in an efficient, and effective way! To learn more about CoolSculpting®, how it works, and if it's right for you, schedule your FREE consultation with one of our highly trained CoolSculpting® specialists today! Click the link below to schedule online now!