Type 2 Diabetes – The Difference Between Fat Loss and Weight Loss

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Obesity, and the resulting insulin resistance, is the underlying cause of most cases of Type 2 diabetes. Losing weight helps reduce insulin resistance so cells can remove sugar from the blood much more efficiently.

The term “weight loss” is so frequently used it’s basically assumed to mean just one thing. Presumably, fat loss. But fat loss and weight loss are not synonymous. Although they do share similarities, they are different. It’s a common misconception to assume fat loss is just a natural consequence of losing weight. For the most part, it is. That said, the correlation between fat loss and weight loss is far from being conclusive.

The changes occurring in your body when you first begin to diet for fat loss are an example effectively illustrating this point.

To lose weight (specifically fat), you must expend more calories than you consume, consequently causing a caloric deficit. During this deficit your body will use stored forms of energy to compensate and fuel itself. Whether your eat less or exercise more to increase your caloric expenditure is up to you, though ideally you will use a combination of both as this has proven to be most effective.

Moreover, it’s during these first few days of a diet overhaul and adjustment to your increased activity levels, you will see a dichotomy between fat loss and weight loss. It’s plausible to see yourself drop several pounds in just a few days… or in the first week since introducing these changes. Step on the scales and measure your weight the morning of the day you start your new diet and a full week afterwards. If you did stick to your healthy diabetic diet and exercised on most of those days, you’re bound to see a large difference in weight in just a week’s time. Individual differences aside of course, let’s assume you lost 4 pounds.

Does that mean you lost 4 pounds of fat? Highly unlikely.

What’s more plausible is you lost a couple of pounds of body fat, and the remaining weight lost is likely due to water loss. This is common when you suddenly decrease your  Biotox overall intake of carbohydrates as they increase water-retention in your body.

Furthermore, don’t be surprised if the following week you see no change in your weight. Don’t be discouraged as your body probably normalized its water balance after adapting to your new diabetic diet. However, know you probably lost some fat, even if the scale suggests otherwise.

Hopefully now you understand fat loss and weight loss which do often work together, but are not actually the same thing.

Evidently fat loss is the goal. For this, you will have to diet sensibly and exercise frequently. During times of uncertainty, especially when the scales are involved, measure how your clothes fit. A change in your waistline measurement is a better indicator of fat loss.

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