Basics on Fat Loss Vs. Weight Loss

At Dr. Simonds Weight Loss clinic, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive weight management program for those looking to lose weight in a healthy way. Our physician-supervised weight loss program has helped countless people not only shed pounds, but keep them off after their initial weight loss.

One thing we regularly run into is a misunderstanding among patients of how weight loss and fat loss relate to one another. Contrary to popular belief, these are not the same thing – and which you desire might make a big difference in the kinds of actions you take. Let’s look into this.

Fat Loss Versus Weight Loss

As the term indicates, weight loss is about lowering the total amount that you weigh when you step on the scale. But what many fail to recognize is that body weight is determined by more factors than just the amount of fat it’s carrying. Other factors include muscle mass, bones, organs and others.

With this in mind, “fat loss” is a more specific term that falls under the weight loss umbrella in most cases. Each person has a finite number of fat cells at birth, and these either expand or contract based on factors like your exercise, diet and genetics. It’s possible to have a fat problem and not a weight problem, but it’s far less likely to have a weight problem and not a fat problem.

Case Study

As a simple example here, think about an athlete who has a big event coming up, such as a boxing match or a triathlon. This athlete might have pockets of fat they’re carrying – these don’t make them overweight necessarily, but they might be blocking further muscle from developing in an area where they need it to boost their performance. This athlete doesn’t actually need to lose weight; they need to lose fat. This process might actually result in a weight gain in some cases, but it would still be healthy for them.

Applying to Your Health

In many cases, people have a great diet and perform regular exercise, but still can’t get rid of cumbersome fat pockets. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to lose weight, as we’ve noted – you might only need to try converting this fat. This is where we can help.

For more on the different strategies we’ll advise for both weight loss and specified fat loss, speak to the pros at Dr. Simonds Weight Loss.

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Weight Gain and Taste Bud Deterioration

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When it comes to a weight management program or weight loss in general, one of the biggest issues for some people is motivation. At Dr. Simonds Weight Loss clinic, our physician supervised weight loss programs help with significant motivation areas for a variety of needs.

Here’s one additional motivator: Did you realize that excessive weight gain damages the taste buds, and can actually destroy your ability to enjoy flavor? This can create a harmful cycle, one where it takes more than the average amount of food to provide the taste buds with the same amount of pleasure – and this in turn can lead to more weight gain. Here are some basics to know in this realm, plus how to go about resetting your taste buds if this is a concern for you.

Taste Buds and Cell Regeneration

The average human has somewhere between 2,000 and 10,000 taste buds, and the cells in these buds are destroyed and re-form every week. This rate slows down with age – but a recent 2018 study done on mice showed that simply being overweight had the same kind of slowing effect on this cell regeneration as aging. Overweight mice had 25 percent fewer taste buds present after eight weeks than mice who were kept at proper nutrition levels.

This study matches others that have spoken on cell regeneration. As we gain weight, the body is less able to replace destroyed sensory cells due to proteins released into the body.

A Human Example

Consider a middle-aged adult who discovers a fruit like a kiwi for the first time later in life. This person loves kiwis after never tasting them before, then begins to eat them much more often to recreate that same pleasure for the taste buds.

Over time, this may lead to weight gain if the person doesn’t make up for these additional calories. But this will cause the person to want to eat more kiwis to get that same satisfaction, and may even cause them to seek other foods that are similar in taste. This can develop into the harmful cycle we discussed above.

Resetting the Taste Buds

Through what’s called meal replacement therapy, you can help reset the taste buds if the above has happened to you. This involves limiting your number of meal choices, which can subconsciously help us consume fewer calories and enjoy the foods we do eat more.

For more on weight gain and the taste buds, or to learn about any of our weight loss programs, speak to the staff at Dr. Simonds Weight Loss today.

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Important Weight Loss Minerals

When it comes to a weight management program, there are several important areas to consider. Things like diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices will play a huge role in the success or failure of your program, but there are some other areas people don’t think about as often.

At Dr. Simonds Weight Loss, we consider all these important factors in finding you a physician supervised weight loss program that will get you results. One regular area we see patients lacking in before they come to us? Mineral intake, which plays a huge role in regulating several bodily processes related to weight.


Most people associate calcium with bones, but it actually plays a big role in weight as well. When you eat food, calcium in your bones and muscles helps convert this food into usable energy for the body.

For this reason, several studies have shown that calcium can be a major help for weight loss efforts. It can help with insulin levels, which plays a role in blood sugar, and can also offer metabolic advantages that help you burn fat more quickly. The FDA recommends you consume between 1,000 and 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day, whether through diet or a combination of diet and supplements.


Phosphorous is present in every cell in the body – it trails only calcium and is the second-most common abundant mineral in the body. It works with calcium to maintain the skeletal system, and you should have at least 1,000 milligrams per day.


Most people get the needed amount of potassium in their daily diet, but this amount should go up when you’re looking to lose weight. Many people who lower calorie intake during a weight loss program accidentally create a potassium deficiency in the process, which can lead to low energy and cramps. You should get at least 4,700 milligrams of potassium daily.


Magnesium is involved in numerous bodily processes, from nerve function to blood sugar. When it comes to weight loss, it’s important because it helps with muscle contraction in the body – this in turn speaks to metabolism and fat burning. Women should get at least 320 milligrams per day, while men should get at least 410 milligrams. Otherwise, you may struggle to break down food, which can damage weight loss efforts significantly.


Zinc helps boost protein synthesis and resulting muscle recovery, which in turn can improve your metabolism. You should take at least eight milligrams per day if you’re female and at least 11 milligrams per day if you’re male.

For more on essential minerals in weight loss, or to learn about our weight loss clinic and how our pros can help, speak to the staff at Dr. Simonds Weight Loss today.

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Managing and Avoiding Control Loss During Weight Loss

When it comes to weight loss, particularly within a specific weight management program, control is an important factor. Being in control of everything from your daily workout schedule to your calorie intake can go a long way to dictating the kinds of losses you want to see, and on the flip side, losing control of these areas can lead to bad returns.

At Dr. Simonds Weight Loss, we can help. We know there are a few specific factors that can contribute to the loss of this kind of control, even within a prescription weight loss program. Here are a few common control loss areas, and how to get it back.

Personal Routine Loss

A big part of this control is often expressed through routine, which is sometimes the best friend of someone trying to lose weight. But with lots of commitments on your plate in a fast-paced world, it’s understandable for this routine to get thrown out of whack from time to time.

The best strategy to combat this when it comes to weight loss? Planning ahead. You know there will be some hiccups in your schedule, so if you take preemptive steps to guard yourself against these, you’ll be in good shape. If you know you’ll be working late and will miss a regular weekly class, for instance, try to find another class to fill your schedule instead.

Lost Confidence

Confidence is another big part of weight loss, and there can be many possible triggers of losses in confidence. The best way to avoid these is to focus only on yourself; don’t compare yourself to anyone else or get down on yourself in this way. Believe in yourself, and results will come from there.

Personal Loss

In some cases, a personal loss can be a big detractor from weight loss and several other life areas. Some people look to comfort foods, while others may lose focus on their routine. Do your best to dig deeper into the reasons behind the way you feel, and look for healthy outlets that might accomplish similar things. Shift your reactions to ways you can find comfort in others.

Going Back to Junk Food

Another major cause of loss of control during weight loss is people rediscovering a sweet tooth or a taste for junk food. While indulging in this is okay every now and then, it becoming more regular can be a big impediment. The name of the game here is avoiding temptation – take different routes to the gym if you always pass by your favorite guilty pleasure food on the way there or back, for instance. Learn what your triggers are and take some steps to minimize them.

For more on avoiding losing control during weight loss, or to learn about how we can help at our weight loss clinic, contact the staff at Dr. Simonds Weight Loss today.

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Building Confidence for Optimal Weight Loss

At a weight loss clinic like Dr. Simonds Weight Loss, we’re dedicated to getting you lasting results. Our weight management program isn’t simply meant to help you drop some water weight that will come back quickly – rather, we’re here to help you achieve weight loss that will stick.

It may sound silly to some, but you can never underestimate the role in confidence in this kind of permanent weight loss effort. With that in mind, here are some simple tips for building your confidence and carrying it into your weight loss program.

Power Pose

Anyone can do this at any time, and it can be enormously beneficial. The pose isn’t the same for everyone – it’s anything that projects power and confidence. As you go about changing your posture and body language, you’re changing the way your mind operates as well. Doing this for just a couple minutes per day can have major psychological effects.


It’s easy in today’s day and age to complain about everything, but these kinds of negative thoughts can transfer to health areas like weight loss. Instead, try the opposite: Focus on what you do have, and how lucky you are. You’d be surprised how much this can help with confidence.

Small Goals

A great way to build self-esteem within weight loss is to create small goals for yourself. Achieving several of these goals at a time boosts your confidence, rather than setting one single crazy goal that will take forever to achieve.


In many cases, unsuccessful weight loss is due to lack of preparation. Do research on how weight loss really works, and the kinds of things that will be good for you when you begin your program.

Looking Good

What you wear can play a bigger role than you might think in your confidence, even if you’re alone all day. Looking good will help you feel good, which will boost your confidence.

For more on raising your confidence within a weight loss program, or to learn about any of our physician supervised weight loss programs, speak to the pros at Dr. Simonds Weight Loss today.

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