Weight loss

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Weight loss is when a person weighs less than before. A person can lose weight by running, swimming or doing any other activity. Also, a person might eat a healthier diet to lose weight. There are many diet and exercises programs available to lose weight. Many people lose weight when they eat less sugar and more vegetables, fruits and lean meat.

Weight loss can happen for different reasons[change | change source]

  • Health related - losing weight because of sickness like flu and fever, or even more serious like cancer and HIV.[1]
  • Exercise related - when weight loss is caused by using more energy than you provide to your body - this will end up in burning your reserves - fat.
  • Diet related - by lowering the energy intake or some part of diet causing fat to be burned.

In many countries weight loss is caused by sociological pressure mostly on woman to have slim and fit figure.

I can't lose weight argument[change | change source]

“There were no overweight people in the concentration camps.”[2] While highly controversial, the statement made by Dr. Ric Gordon was making the point that diet and not exercise can be responsible for weight loss in extreme circumstances.[2] If people want to lose weight, they can do it by eating less food.[2] "Weight loss comes down to burning more calories than you take in."[3]

Unintentional weight loss[change | change source]

Problem signs[change | change source]

Unintentional weight loss is when a person loses weight without trying. It can be a symptom of some types of cancer.[4] Stress can cause unintentional weight loss.[5] Stress can come from divorce, changing jobs or over the loss of a loved one.[5] Once the stress is removed and the person feels happier again, the weight may return to normal.[5] Depression may also cause weight loss. Eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia can cause significant weight loss.[5] These disorders usually require the help of health care professionals.[5]

Sleeping[change | change source]

Getting enough sleep helps to avoid gaining excess weight.[6] Over time, getting more sleep can help a person to lose weight.[6] The main reason is not getting enough sleep leaves a person tired during the day and prone to eating more food.[6] Getting enough sleep helps in maintaining healthy eating habits.

With every breath[change | change source]

Without going to the bathroom, a person naturally loses over 1 pound (0.45 kg) while they sleep at night.[7] One reason is humans breathe in oxygen but breathes out carbon dioxide.[7] That is breathing in one molecule of Oxygen for every two molecules of carbon each time they breathe out. A molecule of carbon does not weigh much by itself, but given that with each breath twenty billion-trillion molecules are expelled, over a 7-8 hour period that adds up to over a pound of carbon.[7] Normal perspiration occurs while sleeping but usually only causes a small amount of water weight loss.[7]

Your body also burns calories while you sleep.[8]


Diet vs exercise[change | change source]

It is well known that lean mass (muscle and bone) burn more energy than fat.[9] Even at rest, a body with more muscle tissue will burn more calories.[9]

Exercise alone can be effective in weight loss.[10] Several studies found similar results.[10] The comparison between dieting and exercising found both resulted in weight loss.[10] The conclusion was that using both diet and exercise together was the most effective method of weight loss and in maintaining a healthy body.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. Mangili A, Murman DH, Zampini AM, Wanke CA (2006). "Nutrition and HIV infection: review of weight loss and wasting in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy from the nutrition for healthy living cohort". Clin. Infect. Dis. 42 (6): 836–42. doi:10.1086/500398. PMID 16477562.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Alissa Greenberg (12 August 2015). "Aussie Doctor Suggests People Consider the Diets of Holocaust Victims If They Want to Lose Weight". Time. http://time.com/3993678/weight-loss-australian-doctor-holocaust-diet-concentration-camps/. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  3. Mayo Clinic Staff. "Weight-loss basics". Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/basics/weightloss-basics/hlv-20049483. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  4. Staff. "Diseases and Conditions Kidney cancer". American Cancer Society, Inc. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/signs-and-symptoms-of-cancer. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 "Unintentional weight loss". NHS, Gov.UK. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/unexpected-weight-loss/Pages/Introduction.aspx. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Cynthia Ramnarace (29 April 2014). "Can you lose weight while sleeping?". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/29/health/upwave-weight-sleeping/. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Robert Krulwich. "Every Night You Lose More Than A Pound While You're Asleep (For The Oddest Reason)". NPR. http://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2013/06/19/193556929/every-night-you-lose-more-than-a-pound-while-youre-asleep-for-the-oddest-reason. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  8. Ira Flatow (host) (11 January 2013). "The Fallacies Of Fat". NPR. http://www.npr.org/2013/01/11/169144853/the-fallacies-of-fat. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Walter DeNino (5 November 2008). "Does muscle burn that many more calories than fat?". Outside Magazine. http://www.outsideonline.com/1768511/does-muscle-burn-many-more-calories-fat. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Christina J. Paez; Len Kravitz, Ph.D.. "Exercise vs. Diet in Weight Loss". University of New Mexico. https://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20folder/exandwtloss.html. Retrieved 1 January 2016.