What Causes Weight Loss?
There is a lot of confusion when it comes to what causes weight loss. People have different theories about what it takes to lose weight and often they contradict each other. For instance some people will tell you that you cannot lose weight if you do not burn more calories than you take in. However, their theory could be wrong because if you take in more calories than you burn then you will definitely lose weight. Another popular theory on what causes weight loss is that you should follow a low calorie diet because this will help you reduce your weight.
Many people also turn to appetite suppressing drugs like ephedra and weight loss pills such as hoodia to control their cravings. Drugs like Ephedra were banned by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) because they were known to cause death in many unfortunate people. These drugs actually work by altering the brain chemistry of the user which stops their brain from sending out hunger signals. This then means that the person consumes less food and thus the body burns less calories.
The plateau is another thing that can affect weight loss. When you reach your weight loss plateau, you are likely to return to your previous weight. Your body will then begin to use up its fat reserves to make up for the shortfall in calories. As a result you gain weight again. It is therefore important to not get too frustrated and give up if you reach your weight loss plateau.
One of the most common diseases that can cause unexplained weight loss is leukaemia. Leukaemia is also known as cancer of the blood. It is caused by the abnormal growth of the blood cells and is normally very rare. A blood test shows if a person has leukaemia, and if so it is treated with chemotherapy.
Another reason that can cause weight loss is overeating. If you eat less you body will use up more calories than usual. This extra calories are then stored as fat. To combat this, you should set a goal of eating five portions of fruit and/or vegetables every day. You should also try and eat less salty food. An exercise regime combined with a balanced diet is often enough to control your weight.
Some people experience sudden loss of weight when they undergo breast cancer treatment. The treatment has caused their bodies to alter drastically and they may need to lose weight in order for them to return to their normal body weight. This weight loss is often very serious and can affect their health in many ways. The best way to combat this is to talk to your doctor about a healthy eating plan to accompany your treatment so as to prevent you from experiencing further health complications.
If you are suffering from a rare type of cancer then your doctor may advise you to adopt a weight loss regime that is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and high in fats. This is known as ‘alternative therapy’ and has been proven to be very effective in treating many different types of cancer. It has also been shown to improve the quality of life of patients undergoing chemotherapy. If you choose this form of therapy then you should aim to eat around two thousand calories a day.
Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood, which usually affects the skin and is usually referred to as ‘the silent killer’. If you have been diagnosed with leukaemia, it is essential that you devise an effective weight loss programme as the disease is very difficult to treat. Your GP will have developed a glycaemic index to identify whether your condition is serious or not. If you fall within the harmful ‘leukaemia index’ then you will have a greater chance of being diagnosed with the disease if you carry the disease.