Americans spend $20 billion a year on weight loss supplements, many of which have incredible claims like ‘lose 10 pounds in two weeks.’ A recent article with Dr. Wayne Westcott, a fitness author and researcher highlights that rapid weight loss is loss of water weight. Dr. Westcott clarifies, though, where that water weight comes from:
“…..water is stored in muscle. Muscle is about 77 percent water. Fat is only 7 percent water…..So when you’re losing water weight, that’s not a good thing. That’s not coming from fat. That means you’re losing water from your muscles, and also the muscle proteins.”
He goes on to note that study after study has shown that individuals who lose weight rapidly almost always regain the weight, mostly as fat. Further, with less muscle mass, they have a decrease in metabolism.
Strength training, cardio, and eating healthy are the keys to building and maintaining muscle and fitness. Want to lose weight too? Losing ½-1 lb. per week may not sound exciting, but perhaps this approach now makes better sense. So whether you are looking to improve your fitness, build muscle mass, or lose some weight, please join us for the BIG nutrition challenge coming this fall after Beat the Streets!
Happy and healthful eating,
Donna G. Pertel, MEd, RD, LDN