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What is a DEXA scan?
DEXA is one of the most accurate technologies available in the world to perform a body composition scan. A DEXA assesses total body bone mineral density and highly accurate measures of the body’s soft tissue composition (muscle mass and fat mass).
You will receive the following information with your DEXA scan;
Is there a difference between weight loss and fat loss?
I will start first by defining weight loss and fat loss so you know what I mean.
If you want to lose weight, it’s most likely because you carry too much fat. Unless you’re an athlete before a competition or a fighter before a fight, who is in need to lose weight fast, which is mostly done by dropping water weight anyway.
Fat fills in all the lines that separate each distinct muscle group. It covers up the muscles with a thick spongy layer, obscuring the muscle definition. Muscle is what makes your body solid and athletic looking and muscle is also your secret weapon in your war against fat.
Most people are obsessed with scale weight. The problem with the scale is it doesn’t tell you how much weight is fat and how much is muscle. Your body-weight can fluctuate daily since it’s influenced by your stomach/bowel/bladder content, water loss/retention, muscle loss/gain, fat loss/gain. You want most of your weight loss to come from fat. If you are only concerned with seeing a smaller number on the scale, you may be losing valuable muscle instead, which will result in long-term weight and fat gain.
Two people with similar height can weigh the same, but look completely different because one has lower body fat than the other. One of the reasons I believe that the BMI standard is flawed; because it doesn’t take into consideration your body fat.
Based on your fitness level, your weight comes from:
As you can see, body weight is affected by many factors. Tracking body weight is a useful measure only if someone knows how their weight is being affected. Better ways to track your fat loss is through a DEXA scan, tape measure, skin fold, photos or just by looking in the mirror.
It’s one of those common fitness misconceptions you hear all the time when it comes to weight loss and working out. So, what is the right answer? Muscle does not weigh more than fat. A kilo is a kilo, both a kilo of muscle and a kilo of fat weigh the same. A person with the same belly circumference at 20% or 30% fat will have very different weights. A lean person with more muscle might weight more than somebody who’s not so lean, because muscle is denser than fat.
To understand it better, think of it this way - This is how I explain it to my clients; If you have a kilo of feathers and a kilo of bricks, both will weigh the same. But the kilo of feathers will take up more space on the scale, right? That’s kind of how muscle and fat compare inside your body. Muscle, by design, is denser and more fibrous in nature, as it serves to help support and move your entire body. Since dense muscle tissue takes up less space than fat, it’s possible you may weigh the same (or even more) yet appear slimmer than another person with the same weight and a similar height and frame because of the difference in your body composition.
Another bonus to adding more muscle to your frame is that not only will your body be stronger, more compact and tighter, but regular resistance training can also help prevent the muscle loss that often occurs while losing weight with calorie restriction.
If you try and fail, congratulations! Most people won’t even try.
So there you have it guys, Take control of your diet and your life. rock on!
Till next month..
Evie - Director of Total Fitness Training