How Does Weight Loss Work
What happens when you lose weight? We’ve all seen the stream of expensively produced adverts, each promising to help you almost effortlessly lose weight. To an observer, it seems that a new product, plan, or weight loss device, arrives on the market on an almost daily basis. New ready meals and diet plans coming to the market inform us that if we buy and use them, we will not just magically lose weight, but we will become super healthy, almost overnight.
Diet Industry Worth Billions
So, after decades, why is dieting so unsuccessful? The Weight Loss Industry is huge, valued at an amazing $288 billion! How much is that in real terms? Well, it equals the total GDP of South Africa, so it’s big! In general, until now, no one in the industry has been that keen to ‘Kill the Golden Goose!’ so to speak. But then again, why would they?
The good news, however, is that small, positive changes are starting to happen, so hopefully, things are going to improve. Apparently, some people in the industry feel that the change is overdue. After all, for how many years can you continue to roll out the same, but repackaged approaches, to tens of millions of people, that basically just don’t work?
How Does Weight Loss Work?
Many people wake in the morning and decide to go on a diet; maybe they just want to lose a few pounds before their summer holiday. For others, however, it’s more serious; their doctor may have told them that they need to lose weight for a number of health reasons. But how many people actually understand how the whole weight loss thing works, at a practical level?
How Does Dieting Work?
How does weight loss work? Is weight loss just a simple matter of diet and exercise, ‘less in, more out’, or is it more complicated than that? On this page we are going to try and explain the workings of a diet in ‘Layman’s Terms’. We will also share with you a few tips that you can introduce into your life, to make it all a little less of a struggle.
So firstly, as many people reading this page already know, losing weight is certainly not as easy as people think. We all have those naturally thin friends, who question why you don’t ‘just do this, or that’, and get it all over with in a couple of weeks… if only! So, how does weight loss work then? And also, have you ever thought: Is Obesity Hereditary?
What is Weight Loss?
What is weight loss? Weight loss is a process where you burn off and so remove the stored excess fat from your body, resulting in you weighing less. The process includes breaking down the fat, converting it into energy, and then burning that energy for use in your everyday activities. Burning that fat can be achieved in a number of ways, not just by going to the gym, for example.
If you imagine you had a pint glass of chilled water in front of you, how much energy (Electricity or Gas) do think it would take to heat it up to 37 degrees, that’s warm water. If you drink that glass of water, then before your body can expel it as urine, it must be heated it to 37C (98.6F) using, in effect, the same amount of energy. No exercise is required on your part, it just happens without you even knowing about it. That’s burning calories.
Another example of burning fat happens when you go to bed at night. While you are asleep, your body continues to burn calories, even though you’re not eating or drinking anything during this period. The approximate rate of calorie burn is around 50 per hour, so it’s around 350 per night. Many people are surprised how large the number is. Although sleeping requires far less energy than most daytime activities, it’s still an active period for our brain, and certain other bodily functions.
Adopting proper sleep hygiene habits, and creating a cool, dark, quiet bedroom environment, can encourage your body to cycle naturally through the different sleep stages, and optimise your metabolism while sleeping. For more information, go to the Sleep Foundation website.
How Does Weight Loss Work?
How Does a Diet Work? To understand how a diet works, it is important to understand what is going on inside the body. The human body has two different ways that it burns calories: through the process of digestion and through movement.
When food is digested, the body breaks down the food into smaller molecules that can be used as fuel or energy. A diet limiting how many carbohydrates are consumed and also focusing on eating mostly protein-filled foods that are high in fat, prompts the body to rely more on digestion for energy, because a lot of those fats are going unused.
The Science of Weight Loss
The Science of Weight Loss provides information on how weight loss actually works – from the hormones and neurotransmitters that control our appetite, to the way in which calories are burned off, broken down, and measured. Most people know the main cause of weight gain is a diet high in carbohydrate. This can lead to excess levels of insulin, which causes fat storage. The benefit of a Ketogenic diet is that it limits carb intake, thus decreasing insulin levels, resulting in fat loss.
According to Diet Doctor, the number 1 low-carb website in the world, there’s no need to count calories to lose weight, as long as you simply reduce your carbohydrate intake. It’s a fact that people who choose a low carb lifestyle lose weight relatively easily. Also they naturally tend to consume fewer calories because their hunger levels are so low.
What Happens When you Lose Weight?
It sounds silly to say that the answer to weight loss is as simple as eating less, but as sad as it is, there is an element of truth in it. However, what you eat is just as important as how much. The human body is a “dual fuel machine”: it can either run on sugar, or fat. The preferred, and easiest, source of energy for our body is sugar, so the best way to flip it over into fat-burning mode is to switch off the sugar supply, by limiting carbohydrate consumption.
One method of weight loss that is growing in popularity is fasting. There are different levels of fasting, from several hours to several days. But, to find out more information about fasting, please read our blog post on The Benefits of Fasting.
So, in conclusion, How does Weight Loss Work. It works when you take in fewer calories than you burn each day. The opposite, gaining weight, occurs when the reverse happens and you consume on a daily basis more calories than you burn. So what happens when you actually lose weight? How does weight loss work…?
Where Does Fat Go When You Lose Weight?
Where does the fat go…? Fat leaves your body in two basic ways, as water when you sweat, and by the kidneys when you urinate. It also leaves the body as carbon dioxide when breathing. If you’d like to read more about the science behind this, it’s called the Krebs cycle.
FAQ 1: What are the health benefits of weight loss?
ANSWER: There are many health benefits of weight loss. Reducing your body fat improves your heart, blood pressure and cholesterol. Some benefits are increased energy, decreased blood pressure, improved mood, lowered blood sugar levels, reduced stress and decreased risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
In general, the goal of weight loss is to achieve a desirable weight for an individual’s health, physical appearance and emotional well-being, as well as a better quality of life. Difficulties often associated with obesity include diabetes, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease.
FAQ 2: How do you know how much weight to lose?
ANSWER: How much weight you should lose will depend on your height, age, gender and activity level. Different people will require different amounts of weight in order to be healthy. It is important to consult with a doctor or nutritionist about how much weight you should lose for optimal health.
What happens when you lose weight?
There is no specific formula you must follow in order to lose weight, but it’s important that you follow a healthy sustainable routine and eat balanced meals throughout the day. A loss of around one to two pounds per week of excess weight is recommended. Of course, it completely depends on your individual body.
FAQ 3: Does eating healthier make you lose weight?
ANSWER: Well, it really depends on the person. Scientists think that a healthy diet and exercise is not enough to make you lose weight. There are other factors involved in weight loss such as your genetics, metabolism, and even the way your mind feels about the changes in your body.
It is a common misconception that weight loss only happens to those people who eat healthy. It is true, however, if you want to lose weight and keep it off for good, then consider that you need to eat a well-balanced diet. Avoid junk food or sugary snacks if you want to learn how losing weight works the natural way.
Psychology Focused Weight Loss
During the twelve sessions that make up the My Weigh Less Course, we will share with you a number of Psychology Focused unique weight loss interventions that you can start to use immediately. The medically Endorsed treatment, is based around 15,000 1:1 clinical treatment hours, providing the treatment to over a thousand individuals. My Weigh Less delivers a Permanent Solution. Below we re-confirm the six Tips For Dieters that everyone should be following. Read Martin’s Easy Weight Loss Page
Tip No. 1 – Only Eat When You’re Hungry!
This has to be our number one, golden rule, when it comes to achieving successful weight loss. In our experience, most overweight people eat for many different reasons, other than physical hunger. But, if you allow your emotions to control your eating habits, then it is unlikely that you will be able to control your weight as a result. So, before you reach for anything to eat, stop and ask yourself first if you physically NEED to eat, or you just WANT to…
Tip No. 2 – Stay Away From Sugar and Highly Processed Foods!
It’s a fact that sugar and highly processed foods have addictive properties! So much so, that many people find that once they start eating these foods, they literally can’t stop. And, of course, if you’re making such poor food choices, this in turn will make it almost impossible for you to lose weight. So, our advice is to choose healthy, unprocessed foods and limit the amount of sugar you consume. As a result, you will have far more control over how much you eat and also how much weight you can lose.
Tip No. 3 – Use a Smaller Plate!
You’ve probably heard this many times before, but it’s a fact that people who use larger plates tend to eat more food than those who eat from smaller plates. Remember the famous Delboeuf optical illusion, because a small portion of food looks more generous when served on a smaller size plate. If you stick to our mantra, “always go for quality over quantity”, then you will definitely lose weight much more easily.
A Permanent Solution to Weight Loss
Are you tired of trying an endless list of diets that just don’t work? Are you becoming weary of your efforts, always resulting in you regaining all the lost weight? Has your approach to dieting made you fear social events?
Are you looking for a Medically Endorsed solution; one based on thousands of hours of experience? Do you dream of finding a ‘Permanent Weight Loss’ treatment? Have you searched on Google in the hope of finding a proven programme? Maybe something that doesn’t involve undertaking a restrictive diet, doing lots of exercise, or having invasive surgery… And no need to buy any “Meal Replacement” products!
My Weigh Less Downloadable Course
Read on the pages of this website how Oxford Therapeutics Limited – ‘My Weigh Less’ is successfully delivering what is Utopia to Dieters. A Medically Endorsed, proven weight loss approach. A programme based on over 15,000 1:1 clinical treatment hours.
You can download a free MP3 introduction to our course right now. No email or credit card details required, just ten minutes of your time. Find out how My Weigh Less can help you reach your weight-loss goals and discover long-term weight management! Find out what happens when you lose weight….
Martin and Marion Shirran, the developers and joint Clinical Directors of My Weigh Less, appeared on both the Good Morning America and the This Morning Breakfast Show. Kay Lindley, photo below, lost over 105 pounds, and reversed her type 2 diabetes, following her treatment with the Shirrans.
So go ahead, relax, and take a few minutes to daydream about what it would be like to be slim and healthy. If you were at your target weight? And then imagine if you never had to go on a diet again, or be afraid of food? What if you were able to enjoy every social event? And you also had an abundance of extra energy, and improved self-esteem. You maybe interested in reading our page around Boasting your Metabolism here.
Welcome to the evidence-based My Weigh Less Master Class. A proven, psychology focused downloadable weight loss treatment, that delivers Permanent Results. It’s also based on over 15,000 1:1 clinical hours treating overweight clients. Sarah Hart, below, lost 140 pounds following her treatment.
No Diets, Just Psychology
The My Weigh Less treatment is psychology-focused, built around the experience of treating over a thousand clients. The fully downloadable treatment has also been the subject of extensive real person trials. But, as with your considerations regarding any weight loss approach, do take a look at the verified case studies, and their before and after photos on the My Weigh Less Site. And afterwards, if you require additional comfort, visit the Medical Endorsement page.
consists of twelve, one-hour weight loss sessions, with the Shirrans, who have accumulated in excess of 15,000 hours of 1:1 clinical treatment time. In addition to the twelve sessions, clients receive a number of videos, animated presentations, visual aids and hypnosis sessions.
Martin Shirran below was one of first trial candidates.
is new and refreshing, incorporating the latest, science-based, behavioural change techniques. It’s also completely based on an approach that has changed the lives of over a thousand people. And now, you can also experience all the benefits, the changes in your life, and your thinking around food from the comfort of your own home. Martin, above, also went on to lose 84 pounds himself.
Permanent Weight Loss is the Goal
If you want to lose weight permanently, and have looked into different diets, and possibly even surgery, then take a step back, before you decide which approach to adopt. You don’t need to spend any money right now, but just take ten minutes to read the pages of the My Weigh Less website. After all, you have nothing to lose. There’s additional information on Martin and Marion Shirran’s GMB site
Marion Shirran, is proud to be a registered Stakeholder in NICE – The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. In addition, Marion is registered with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity. She also looks forward to being able to share her vast experience, and help you achieve your weight loss goals. Take a look at our page: Brain Food Addiction.
The Downloadable Weight-Loss Solution.