What Is Weight Loss Anyway?

I am writing this article because of a common misconception. Most people are not familiar with the definition of weight loss. They don’t know why they want to lose weight. Some people have serious health problems but for a majority of people weight loss is a matter of fashion and beauty. I know you have your own reasons for losing weight but make sure your reason is clear enough to provide you a clear path.

9 out of 10 girls are trying to lose weight every day. Women are always depressed about their increased weight. For teenagers, weight loss is a matter of day-to-day fashion, not a health issue. So, what is weight loss? Is it a fashion or a health issue?

I know you have been trying to lose weight for some time. Your doctor recommended that you should do dieting to get some pounds off. How can you tell whether you are overweight or not?

Last week a client asked this question to me:

“I have a BMI of 24. I am happy and healthy. Do you think i should lose weight?”

This question got me into thinking. If someone is living a healthy life, there is no need to lose weight. In scientific terms, when your doctor invites you to lose weight he wants you to avoid these diseases:

  • Heart Attacks
  • Increased Cholesterol levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

If you can maintain your health despite your increased weight; there is no need to worry about extra pounds.

However, this is not the case. Most people want to lose weight because they want to look smart and attractive. They have no issue with their health but they do not feel beautiful.

To live healthy life our body stores fat for reproductive system, to protect nerves and tissues, and for energy storage. This is okay. However, too much storage of fat affects your health and body figure.

BMI (body mass index) is a measurement, which gives result based on your height and weight. However, BMI does not tell us about pregnancy, bodybuilding, and many other factors. There are many tests including fat analysis, metabolism checker etc. These tests determine whether you are overweight or not.

If you are an overweight individual and has excessive fats it can cause health risks.

At this point the term weight loss comes into play. New and old studies have shown us that in taking more calories and burning less-calories is the most common reason for gaining weight. Numbers of increased calories get stored in your thighs and hips and cause an increase in your weight. This is the most commonly known definition of “weight gain.”

The term obesity means your weight is greater than the ideal body weight for a certain height. Millions of Americans are overweight or obese. To solve their obesity, term weight loss has been introduced. Losing extra pounds is known as losing body weight. However, this can be done in a million ways:

  • Dieting
  • Exercise
  • Supplements
  • Yoga
  • Chinese traditions like acupuncture and other healing terminologies
  • Joining the gym/slimming center
  • Combination of diet and exercise

You can see, term weight loss includes all these factors. To lose weight effectively, all these factors should be combined and acted upon. But before you take action you must know what does weight loss mean to you. This is important. If you want to live a healthy life then you should never go for crash dieting plans. In most cases people want to look smart and that is why they use schemes like lose weight in 24 hours etc. Whatever path you choose, it will depend largely on your reason for losing weight.

Thanks for reading!

Pungky Dwiasmoro Hiswardhani

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