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 a perceived overweight or obese state.
Intentional weight loss refers to the loss of total body mass in an
effort to improve fitness, health, and/or appearance.
Therapeutic weight loss techniques
The least intrusive weight loss methods, and those most often
recommended by physicians, 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. Green
tea and hoodia gordonii are often advertised as weight loss supplements.
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