Lose Fat Not Muscle

Body Composition is More Than Just Your Weight Body

Weight alone (what the scale says) is not a definitive assessment of body composition. Even after losing weight, you might still be con­sidered over-fat. This occurs when the weight you lose comes predominantly from muscle and not from fat-producing unhealthy body composition. Having excess fat on the inside but looking normal on the outside may result in disease risks that are similar to those who appear overtly overweight.

The human body is composed of a variety of different tissue types. The so-called 'lean' tissues, such as muscle, bone, and organs are metabolically active, --- while adipose, or fat tissue, is not.

Because scales can't determine the lean-to-fat ratio of that weight; an individual can be "over-weight" and not "over-fat." A bodybuilder, for example, may be only 8% body fat, yet at 100kg may be considered "over-weight" by a typical height-weight chart. A person can also look thin or normal weight and be over-fat, as stated above. Therefore, these charts are not a good indication of a person's ideal body weight for optimal health, much less for athletic performance. How much lean muscle mass do you have? Ditch the scales and have your body composition measured using Bioimpedance Analysis, BIA. It will measure your percentage body fat, body water and cell health.

Why Is Body Composition Important to My Health?
Research has shown that body composition is directly related to health. A normal balance of body fat is associated with good health and longevity. Excess fat in relation to lean body mass, known as altered body composition, can greatly increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more.

A traditional approach to improving body composition includes exercise and reduced caloric intake, but nutritional supplementation may also offer additional, significant benefits. For example, one study comparing a doctor-supervised, nutrition-based body composition pro­gram* to a popular, over-the-counter diet drink showed dramatically different results. Patients on the doctor-supervised program achieved 11 pounds of weight loss from fat and they actually increased their muscle mass. The patients on the over-the-counter diet drink lost the majority of their weight from muscle rather than body fat-despite being prescribed the same foods and exercise routine as those on the doctor-supervised program. Our body composition program incorpo­rates the nutritional support necessary to achieve fat loss and preserve muscle. It is comprehensive, yet tailored to meet your individual needs. * labeled Mediterranean Diet with Low Glycemic Index and Medical Food (Ultra Meal™, Metagenics) in chart below.
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 Is Losing Weight Toxic? New Study Says Fat Releases Industrial Chemicals

(CBS) Now for the completely contradictory news of the day.

According to a new study, losing weight can be bad for you, and the longer you lose weight, the worse it is.

An international team of scientists found that toxic pollutants, which are stored in fat, release themselves into the bloodstream when fat dissipates.

The chemicals, called persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are linked to degenerative diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes, the study's lead author Duk-Hee Le told Reuters Health.

Lee's team followed 1,099 American participants, tested their blood, and found concentrations of seven potentially harmful POPs.

Subjects who lost significant weight over the course of ten years were compared to those who gained or maintained a steady weight. The "Biggest Losers" had the highest concentrations of POP's.

More studies are needed to establish if such harm outweighs the benefits from weight loss, Lee, who hails from the Kyungpook National University in Daegu in South Korea told Reuters.

The researcher's paper was published in the International Journal of Obesity.

By Aina Hunter /CBS News/ September 7, 2010, 12:24 PM

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