Weight No Longer

August 12, 2009

I’d like to abolish the saying, “I want to lose weight“, along with all other similar phrases.  Why?  Because people that carry more body fat than they desire don’t really want to just lose weight; they really want to lose FAT.  Wouldn’t you agree?

Human weight is comprised of fat weight and fat free mass.  The fat weight is made up of essential fat and non-essential fat (also called “storage fat).  Essential fat is the fat we need in order to be healthy.  It is about 3% of body mass for men and about 12% for women.  Fat free mass is muscle, water, and bone.

So, weight is made up of storage fat, essential fat, muscle, water, and bone.  When a person weighs himself, his fat, muscle, or water may have changed since he last weighed.

Consider this.  What if a person starts lifting weights and notices that his weight has increased by 6 pounds over a months time.  Is the person becoming fat?  Maybe not!  He may be gaining muscle.  How can he tell what components in his body have changed?  By using some sort of body fat measuring device.  A skin caliper is the most accurate, cheap, and easy method for measuring body fat level at home.  If this hypothetical person had been measuring his body fat levels during the month in which he gained 6 lbs., he may have noticed that his body fat percentage did not increase.  In this case (a consistent weight gain with no body fat increase), he would know that his fat free (muscle) mass had increased.

So, the next time someone you know wants to lose “weight”, remind them that all “weight” is not created equal.  They should focus on FAT loss, and pick up a skin caliper so that they know they are on the right track, losing fat week to week.


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6 Responses to “Weight No Longer”

  1. Katie says:

    One caveat to the lose weight situation, some women are obsessed with a certain number on the scale. It is ingrained in many little girls so they grow up potentially neurotic about weight numbers. So while it is true the health benefits come from losing fat, the psychological benefits may come with the lower weight number.

    Must have the psychological benefits to stick with the program.

    Get Healthy, Katie

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  3. Hi Darryl,

    I love your point here. How we think, our attitude, and the lessons we have learned all shape our thinking. In my Grief Recovery work, one of the focuses we use in the first session or two is to reflect on the tools for coping with grief and bereavement in our mourning that we have so far. An number of them really are grief myths which do not really help us. Our perspective is very important.

    Take care,

    April Braswell

    Young Widows Grief Bereavement Counseling Vegas Orange County, Costa Mesa Fountain Valley Huntington Beach, CA

  4. Release excess weight

    Indeed how we TALK about it is highly reflective of our actual THINKING.

    Ken Owens’ hypnosis CD is Weight Release in its phraseology. verrrrrry important to distinguish.

    I like your point here, Darryl!

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Single Baby Boomer Dating Success Expert

  5. Great point. I want to gain weight but certainly not fat!




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