FAT LOSS

“FAT” LOSS VS “WEIGHT” LOSS

Many people using IPEDs are looking to lose weight and there are a number of IPEDs that claim to help with this. There are also numerous diets that claim to help people lose weight rapidly.

But before you start using any of these; it is worth understanding the difference between weight loss and fat loss; as well as understanding how the body reduces weight overall.

When people talk about “losing weight” they usually mean reducing body fat; either for health reasons and/or to change their appearance. Many people will then start a reduced calorie diet for a set period of time. Many of these diets involve restricting calorie intake quite severely.

The problem with these diets is that they often restrict calories too much. This causes a rapid change in overall weight, but much of the weight lost is likely to be stored glycogen in the muscles and protein from muscle tissue. If you restrict calories too much, for too long, your body will hold on to body fat and use other energy sources when possible. This is a survival tactic. What happens then is, your body “shrinks” a little, but as soon as you stop the diet and start eating normally again – the weight goes back on.

In order to lose fat, specifically, you must first reduce the overall calorie intake by a sensible amount (no more than 20%). You must then look at what types of food you are eating. If most of your calories come from sugars and other carbohydrates, you will be unlikely to lose much fat. This does not mean a low carb diet is best.

Rather than “going on a diet” – it is better to just adjust the way you eat. If you want permanent changes to your body you must make permanent changes to your lifestyle, especially your diet. You are much more likely to achieve the results you want if you also include a balanced exercise programme that includes both cardio and strength training.

See sections Diet and Training for more information

FAT LOSS SUPPLEMENTS / IPEDS

There are many IPEDs that claim to enhance fat loss. Most sports supplements shops and chemists sell supplements that claim to “burn fat”. All so-called “fat burners” are stimulant based. This means they work in similar ways to some illegal drugs such as amphetamines. This also means they can carry some of the same risks. They can leave you feeling jittery and tired, but unable to sleep or relax properly. When you take them for too long, you develop a tolerance to the effects and you need more to have the same effect. However, this means you also get more of the side-effects.

Injecting carries several risks, both from the process and from the drugs themselves. It is important to be aware of these risks before attempting to inject any substance.

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Injecting carries several risks, both from the process and from the drugs themselves. It is important to be aware of these risks before attempting to inject any substance.

© 2018
Public Health Wales | Iechyd Cyhoeddus
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