Weight loss is the process of losing body weight,
typically by losing fat.
Losing excess weight can provide valuable benefits,
including better health, higher self-esteem, and increased
quality of life. To achieve weight loss, more
calories must be expended than taken in, as described
in our article on The Importance
of Calories. This can be achieved by reducing
the amount of food consumed, increasing physical activity,
or for best results, both.
For healthy weight loss, a combination of
healthy eating and regular physical exercise are essential.
Other methods of losing weight include use of drugs
or chemicals that decrease appetite and/or increase
physical activity. Increasing metabolism can help
enhance any weight loss plan.
Eating many smaller meals throughout the day can
prevent spikes in blood sugar levels, which reduces
hunger and aids in weight loss. Eating four to six
small meals, two to three hours apart, is usually
recommended, as described in our Top
Weight Loss Secrets.
Surgical options are also available. Liposuction
removes targeted areas 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. However, surgical and drug options
may have serious side-effects.
Weight loss hypnosis is yet another option for those
wanting to lose weight.
For healthy weight loss, a physician should be consulted
to develop a weight loss plan that is tailored
to the individual.
A final key component of successful weight loss is
setting a realistic goal and expectations. Most experts
agree that a realistic goal for weight loss should
be around 1 pound per week.
The most important element in any weight loss plan
is your desire to lose weight. Only you can
change your eating and exercise habits, and the sooner
you get started, the sooner you will lose weight.
For more detailed information, be sure to refer to
our Top Weight Loss