Understanding Proper Weight Loss

When you hear the words “weight loss”, what is the first word that comes to your mind? Commonly, people perceive weight loss to be associated with dieting. But dieting seemed to have a different connotation for some: skipping meals, starvation, binge eating and purging—all of which are misconceptions.

Dieting is simply defined as a habit of regulating food intake to control a person’s weight and maintain proper nutrition. And by regulating, we mean it to be limiting the amount of calories you consume depending on your fitness goals. Dieting, if properly practiced, could lead to a significant weight loss. But you must take certain precautions, as a rapid weight loss would be detrimental and counter-productive. A rapid weight loss may potentiate the reduction of lean body mass and glycogen stores, increase the risk for dehydration, as well as diminish vitamin and mineral reserves. For this reason, the National Strength and Conditioning Association have recommended that the acceptable maximum weight loss should be approximately 1% percent of the body weight per week. The American College of Sports Medicine supports this and released their own guideline for body mass loss of 1 to 2 lbs per week.

So losing weight isn’t all about the numbers after all. It is also very important to know were those numbers came from and how you were able to drop those pounds. A healthy weight loss should be attributed to the loss of body fat and not lean body mass nor body fluid. But the big question is: How do you lose fat through dieting? Is there any special fat loss diet I should adhere to?

The good thing is, YES, there are a number of diet programs that do well on the promise of losing fat, as well as maintaining proper health and nutrition. Find out what suits you best—but consult your doctor before starting a diet plan.