Weight Loss vs Fat Loss


One of our members asked how to maintain the weight loss achieved. To understand this, you should first know which type of weight loss you do you want.

There is a big difference between losing weight & losing fat. When you lose weight, you lose a little bit of everything–fat, muscle, fluids, organ size.😱 You want the majority of your weight loss to come from fat, not the other stuff.✅ If you are only concerned with seeing a smaller number on the scale, you may be losing valuable muscle instead, which will result in long-term weight–meaning fat–gain.😕

One of the quickest weight loss tricks that has nothing to do with fat loss is from being dehydrated.💦 Don’t fool yourself into thinking those pounds are really gone. You still have just as much fat on your body as before.
Ladies! Don’t try to lose weight simply by performing only cardio, like 🏃treadmill, 🚲cycling, 🚶walking, 💃aerobics. The pounds you lose through cardio will come right back if you stop the cardio, without muscle mass to keep the weight off.

When you want to maintain the lost weight, fat loss is the way to
go.👍 The way to lose just fat is by adding strength training into your fitness program. When you add muscle, you improve the body fat composition ratio, which is the main goal.✅👌

Losing weight other than fat is unavoidable, but the loss of muscle mass, causes a rebound effect that leads to weight gain. Muscle is metabolically active & keep your metabolism brisk & burning calories. Even when you’re sitting on the couch, you burn more calories if you have more muscle mass. So losing muscle means your metabolism gets sluggish & the weight keeps on coming.

Losing weight can leave you looking like a smaller version of a fat person because you have no muscle tone underneath your skin. To look like a fit, healthy person, losing fat & having muscle is absolutely necessary.😃
💪Hit the weights. If you don’t know what you’re doing, get some help because it’s important to do strength training properly to avoid muscle & joint injuries.👌

Trigger Finger


Trigger Finger/Stenosing Tenosynovitis/Flexor Tendinitis is a type of tendinitis which develops in the tendons which bend the fingers. Your fingers or your thumb gets stuck in a bent position and then straightens with a snap — like a trigger being pulled and released.

It is a common problem because of the way that the hand is made. There are no muscles in the fingers themselves. We actually move our fingers by remote control. Muscles in the forearm are connected to the finger bones by smooth, flexible strings, called tendons. The muscles pull on the tendons, which then bend the finger joints.

Trigger finger generally results from swelling within a tendon sheath, restricting tendon motion. A bump (nodule) also may form.

Causes:

  • Highly repetitive or forceful use of the finger and thumb
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Amyloidosis
  • Certain infections, like Tuberculosis

Farmers, industrial workers, and musicians are frequently affected by trigger finger. Even smokers can get trigger thumb from repetitive use of a lighter. Trigger finger is more common in women than men and tends to occur most frequently in people who are between 40 and 60 years of age.

Symptoms:

  • Soreness at the base of the finger or thumb
  • Finger stiffness, particularly in the morning
  • A popping or clicking sensation when attempting to flex or extend the affected finger
  • Tenderness or a bump (nodule) at the base of the affected finger
  • Finger catching or locking in a bent position, which suddenly pops straight
  • Finger locked in a bent position, which you are unable to straighten

Trigger fingers may result in tenderness and swelling in the palm (red areas), and stiffness, pain and clicking in the finger joints (blue areas).

Trigger finger more commonly occurs in your dominant hand, and most often affects your thumb or your middle or ring finger. More than one finger may be affected at a time, and both hands might be involved. Triggering is usually more pronounced in the morning, while firmly grasping an object or when straightening your finger. This catching sensation tends to worsen after periods of inactivity and loosen up with movement.

In some cases, the finger or thumb that is affected locks in a flexed position or in an extended position as the condition becomes more severe, and must be gently straightened with the other hand. Joint contraction or stiffening may eventually occur.

Treatment:

  • ConservativeNSAIDs, Physical Therapy, Splinting, Steroid Injections
  • SurgicalTendon Sheath Release

If trigger finger is severe, your finger may become locked in a bent position.

The time it takes to recover from trigger finger depends on the severity of the condition, which varies from person to person. The choice of treatment also impacts recovery time. For example, splinting may be necessary for six weeks. However, most patients with trigger finger recover within a few weeks by resting and limiting the use of the affected finger and/or using anti-inflammatory drugs.

Note: Trigger finger is not the same as Dupuytren’s contracture — a condition that causes thickening and shortening of the connective tissue in the palm of the hand — though it may occur in conjunction with this disorder.