It is very important to be able to discern between losing weight, and losing body fat.
After spending the better part of 2 weeks in hospital recently, not sleeping more than about 4 hours per night, and not eating nearly as much as I usually do, (I went for 2 whole 24 hour periods of complete fasting!), with no exercise, I lost about 5kg.
Now this is NOT good weight loss by any stretch of the imagination, this 5kg was probably a bit of of body fat with the majority being muscle tissue.
Had I kept living a similar lifestyle (of starving myself, not getting enough sleep, and no exercise) I would soon end up with a much higher body fat percentage and would be quite out of shape in no time.
So whilst 5kg of weight loss might sound great to a lot of you, there is a big difference in HOW you lose 5kg and what that 5kg is actually composed of.
Weight loss on the scales CAN be a bad thing, and it certainly doesn't mean you will definitely look better, or be healthier just because you've lost some kg's.
For example here are some quick ways to drop some weight quickly if you really want to:
- Amputate an arm or leg
- Get the flu
- Shave off all your hair
So really what we're after is a 5kg loss of 100% BODY FAT; this is the ideal outcome.