Jan 31, 2021

Is it just fat that you’re losing?

Jan 31, 2021

Is it just fat that you’re losing?

I’m sure a lot of you think when you are losing weight that it’s pure fat you are losing? Think again. 

A large part of my personal gripe with slimming clubs is the lack of knowledge and education surrounding fat loss that they impart upon their members. Using the scale as the primary measurement of success is totally flawed, particularly if you participate in appropriate physical activity.

When I’m coaching my online clients, it takes a lot of mentoring and education to make them realise that scale loss is not your be-all and end-all. 

Dieting down clients and improving their fitness has to be done responsibly. There is a duty of care to preserve key organs, muscle, bone and minerals.

There are many long-held misconceptions, and poor ideas about dieting and many of them relate to a misunderstanding of the difference between body weight and body composition.

Many of you dieting tend to think just about weight loss itself, yet looking at body composition is not only far more accurate but far more important (unless you are a weight class athlete). Click the image below to watch a video about body composition and fat loss.

Say, for example, someone starts dieting and only focuses on body weight, and after a few days, the scale goes down by a few a pounds. Most would consider that a success, but I would ask the following questions. What was lost? Water, stored carbs, muscle, fat, bone, organs? Perhaps the person just had a big bowel movement. The scale can’t answer this question in any meaningful fashion.

A woman weighing heavier at 25% body fat will not only look different but is likely to be healthier than a woman weighing slightly less with 45% body fat. If someone loses fat and gains some amount of muscle, their health will improve even if their body weight per se is unchanged. Not forgetting that distribution of fat is also relevant; fat in the lower body (pear-shaped) is metabolically healthier than typical male fat patterning midsection (apple shape).

Struggling to get healthier and slimmer, need accountability and help to reach your goals? Online 1-1 fat loss and fitness coaching slots now available starting soon – send me an email to [email protected] for information!

Who is
Tara Grimes

Tara is one of Ireland’s top Fitness & Weight Loss Experts.

Tara is a Certified Nutritionist and Accredited Personal Trainer who has helped transform thousands of clients in Ireland and the UK and her online business is now helping many more clients across the world. She runs several online businesses from her base in N.Ireland and distributes 100,000s of her popular weight loss meals to customers across the country.

A mum of 4, who is passionate about Women’s Health and Fitness, she knows exactly how to help women of every age get Leaner, Fitter and Stronger. Tara’s companies employ top-level performance coaches and she has a team of registered nutritionists providing support for online clients across the globe. Tara has been recruited by Bluechip companies to provide in-house employee Health & Wellness packages, consulted with Government Departments on Nutrition & Weight Management and worked with professional sports teams & elite athletes improve their Performance Nutrition.

Tara has extensive qualifications including, BA(Hons) Degree from University Of Ulster and MSc from Queens University, Belfast.  She is also a Certified MNU Nutritionist helping Clinical Populations improve their overall health. She features in top publications and is a guest writer for many health publications.

Transforming Women’s bodies and health is Tara’s specialist area. She has created an amazing community of followers and clients across the world and her Fat Loss and Fitness Programs specialise in Female Fat Loss & Health, Over 40’s Fat loss and how to manage & Optimise changing hormones. Fitness programs for all levels and all incomes. She has programs to suit everyone, no matter what their starting level is at.

Her business is based entirely on the success of her clients.

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