In the context of physical health, weight loss is the process of
losing body weight, typically by losing fat. Losing excess weight
provides valuable benefits, such as better health, higher self-esteem,
increased quality of life. To achieve weight loss, more calories
must be expended than taken in. This can be achieved by reducing
the amount of food consumed, increasing physical activity or a combination
of the two.
For healthy weight loss, most experts recommend a combination of
healthy eating patterns and regular physical exercise. Other methods
of losing weight include use of prescribed or herbal drugs or chemicals
that decrease appetite and/or increase physical activity. Increasing
metabolism can help enhance any weight loss plan, and eating breakfast
in the morning can increase metabolism, as can eating smaller meals
throughout the day. Eating four to six small meals, two to three
hours apart, is usually recommended.
Surgical options are also available. Liposuction removes targeted
area of fat and tissue while bariatric surgeries can result in large
weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach or reducing the
absorption of food energy. But it is not appropriate for every one.
Surgical and drug options may have serious side-effects.
Weight loss hypnosis is yet another option for those wanting to
A loss of weight can also be the symptom of some mental or physical
diseases or disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, cachexia associated
with cancer, AIDS or diabetes.
Weight loss can help to relieve symptoms of a variety of conditions,
such as diabetes, back pain and disorders of the spine, pain in
the knee or legs, and many heart conditions. For healthy weight
loss, a physician should be consulted to develop a weight loss plan
that is tailored to the individual.-
Another key component of successful weight loss is setting a realistic
goal and expectations. Many experts agree that a realistic goal
for weight loss should be around 1 pound (half a kilo) per week.