Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss – Are You Focusing on Losing The Right Kind of Weight?
Many patients that I see at my clinic come in with a primary health concern of wanting to lose weight. But what does “losing weight” actually mean? Our bodies are composed of water, muscle, fat and bone.
When you step on the scale, all you see is your weight (in kilograms or pounds), but that number does not reflect the “quality” (fat vs muscle) of your body’s weight. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated based on your weight in relation to your height. Normal BMI ranges between 19-24, overweight 25-29 and obesity 30-44. The BMI is a good starting point, but we can get a better understanding of the state of your health by analyzing body composition.
Body composition is measured using a Bio-electric Impedance Analysis (BIA) machine, which determines the percent of fat, muscle and water in your body. Ideally, you want to lose fat and gain muscles through a customized nutrition plan, exercise and stress management program which leads to better health outcomes as oppose to relying on extreme yo-yo dieting. Muscle is metabolically active tissue that requires far more calories than fat does. In other words, muscles burn calories whereas fat cells simply stores those calories for later use. Muscles also contain protein which is important for recovery functions such as wound healing and antibody production to help overcome illness.
Perhaps you have already tried to make changes to attain healthy weight in the past and for one reason or another didn’t entirely succeed. Don’t be discouraged, what you need is someone to hold you accountable and help you develop long-term healthy weight maintenance habits you can retain for life.
The FirstLine Therapy is a lifestyle program available at Madison Clinic in North York that may just be right for you. This weight management and accountability program targets the underlying causes of chronic illness by incorporating a sensible eating plan, exercise, nutritional supplementation, and stress management.
The program also helps you to take simple steps every day that will enhance health and help prevent disease.
Your personal FirstLine Therapy program will include: regular body composition measurements, naturopathic doctor consultations, solutions for staying active, simple eating guidelines with recipes, progress tracking, lifestyle counseling, and nutritional product recommendations.
To start your program call the clinic at 416-222-8235 or book online HERE.