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The Science Behind Weight Loss

Author: Medifast California

December 11, 2015

The Science Behind Weight Loss

Author: Medifast California

December 11, 2015

There is much confusion surrounding the science behind weight loss, but losing weight does not have to be complicated. Experts have made daily discoveries in the nutritional and fitness sciences allowing us to improve both our mental and physical well-beings. Our mental and physical states are affected by a variety of factors such as hydration, food, exercise, hormones, stress, sleep and allergies. Our genetic makeup is also a primary determinant of our health, shapes and appearances. Though we have a natural limit for muscular potential, we have the ability to increase or decrease body fat and muscle to sculpt a new figure. Many people trying to lose weight attribute obesity to genetics, but it is often caused by behavioral and environmental factors instead.

If you want to lose weight, it is important to consider the science behind your body weight. Body weight is often used as an indicator of fitness

progress, and we often make the mistake of thinking that maintaining a healthy body weight is all about “not being fat.” While many people believe body weight consists of just muscle and fat, they forget to include water, blood, organs, waste, tissue and bones. We look to our scales to tell us how much we weigh, but the scale doesn’t tell you how much of this weight is lean muscle and how much of it is fat. If you gain or lose a few pounds over the course of the day, it is likely just fluctuations in your water weight. When we attempt to lose weight and don’t see pounds coming off the scale each week, we tend to get a little discouraged, even if we see progress  in the mirror or in the fit of our clothing. A more reliable way to keep track of your progress is to measure on a weekly basis so you can discover how your body is becoming leaner and stronger even when your weight has not changed. A body composition analysis allows you to receive a detailed assessment of your body composition at various points throughout your weight loss journey. This detailed scan will not only accurately weigh you, but also measure your skeletal muscle mass, body fat mass and overall body fat percentage, water balance and muscle development in your arms, trunk and legs. This technology allows you to fight “plateau.”

Paying close attention to the types of foods and beverages we consume is essential to our weight loss progress. What we consume affects metabolic and hormonal secretions which may cause us to store fat instead of expend fat, and vice versa. If we consume more calories than we burn, we will gain weight. If we burn more calories than we consume, we will lose weight. In this sense, by lowering our calorie intake, it is easier for us to lose weight. This is why Medifast California Meals contain fewer calories per serving. Plant and animal sources are the densest macronutrient and micronutrient sources. When combined, both sources will fulfill the daily nutritional requirements with fewer calories. In addition to their contribution to weight loss, diets rich in these nutrients are also known for preventing various types of physical and mental health ailments, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, acne and tooth decay. It is also important to remember that a holistic approach to weight loss goes beyond the gym and healthy eating—it can also include journaling, rewards for progress and a buddy system.

Do you want to start a weight loss program? Contact Medifast California today to find out more information about our programs and products!

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The team at Medifast California is committed to practicing what they preach. Experts in nutrition, health, counseling and exercise, they have the experience and tools to offer the support you need when you need it!

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