Weight Loss Facts - What Is Weight Loss And How To Lose Weight Fast
Weight loss, in the context of medicine, health or physical fitness, is a reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue and/or lean mass, namely bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon and other connective tissue. It can occur unintentionally due to an underlying disease or can arise from a conscious effort to improve an actual or perceived overweight or obese state.
Types Of Weight Loss
There are two types of weight loss intentional and unintentional. Unintentional weight loss occurs in many diseases and conditions, including some very serious diseases such as cancer, AIDS, and a variety of other diseases.
Poor management of type 1 diabetes mellitus, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), leads to an excessive amount of glucose and an insufficient amount of insulin in the bloodstream. This triggers the release of triglycerides from adipose (fat) tissue and catabolism (breakdown) of amino acids in muscle tissue. This results in a loss of both fat and lean mass, leading to a significant reduction in total body weight.
In addition to weight loss due to a reduction in fat and lean mass, illnesses such as diabetes, certain medications, lack of fluid intake and other factors can trigger fluid loss.
Intentional weight loss refers to the loss of total body mass in an effort to improve fitness and health, and to change appearance.
Intentional Weight Loss
In individuals who are overweight or obese, weight loss can decrease the likelihood of developing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancer.
Paying good attention to diet in particular can be extremely beneficial in reducing the impact of diabetes and other health risks of an expanding waist. Weight loss occurs when an individual is in a state of negative energy balance. When the body is consuming more energy (i.e. in work and heat) than it is gaining (i.e. from food or other nutritional supplements), it will use stored reserves from fat or muscle, gradually leading to weight loss.
Some people who are currently at their ideal body weight seek additional weight loss in order to improve athletic performance, and/or meet required weight classification for participation in a sport. Others may be driven by achieving a more attractive body image.
On the other hand there are several consequences of being underweight. Being underweight is associated with several health risks such as difficulty fighting off infection, osteoporosis, decreased muscle strength, trouble regulating body temperature and even an increased risk of death.
Weight Loss Techniques
The least intrusive weight loss methods, and those most often recommended, are adjustments to eating patterns and increased physical activity, generally in the form of exercise. Physicians will usually recommend that their overweight patients combine a reduction of processed and caloric content of the diet with an increase in physical activity.
Other methods of losing weight include use of drugs and supplements that decrease appetite, block fat absorption, or reduce stomach volume. In more severe cases of obesity, surgery (i.e. bariatric surgery) may be used to artificially reduce the size of the stomach, thus limiting the intake of food energy.
Weight Loss Tips
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What is Crash Dieting
A crash diet refers to willful nutritional restriction (except water) for more than 12 hours. This has the desired result of having the body burn fat for energy with the goal of losing a significant amount of weight in a short time. However there is a possibility of excessive muscle loss, depending on the approach used.
Crash dieting is not the same as intermittent fasting, in which the individual periodically abstains from food intake.