What Is Weight Loss About? 9 Reasons For Unintentional Weight Loss

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This site is for everyone who wants to lose weight. However, the title suggests another possibility. In this post, I will delve deeper into some of the possible/probable causes of the person’s unintentional weight loss, after all, what is weight loss about?

It can be a grave concern when you don’t know, so here are some things that you should consider.

What Is Weight Loss About

Updated 10/03/2019

Please remember that without any form of diet in place or a cut back on the intake of foods OR a significant dietary change happening. Well then, you really should seek medical attention sooner rather than later as it indeed is not healthy to lose weight without these points.

A lot of question marks asking what is weight loss about?

So, What Is Weight Loss About

As I would allude to, it really can be a bad sign indeed, and you should seek medical advice. Although you can add humor to the equation as ” If only my diet would work as well as yours!” However, it is missing the point entirely.

Top 10 Causes Of Unintentional Weight Loss

Unintentional weight loss can be a terrible sign indeed. Especially when you have not altered your diet in any way. It can be a sign of any number of illnesses or diseases. It is very merely known as unintentional weight loss as I have just said.

I will now list the more commonly associated illnesses or diseases as more often than not is to be considered a cause for concern.

If you are unsure about contracting one of the below-mentioned ones, then contact your medical professional and to not let time pass. They are in no particular order –

Lung Cancer

1 – The first one to be aware of is Lung cancer. That is very serious and will result in death.

There are two main kinds of lung cancer. There is NON-small cell and small cell. The NSMC (Non-small cell carcinoma) These are then divided up into subcategories –

Large cell carcinoma

Adenocarcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma

The three subcategories mainly affect smokers.

According to the ACS (American cancer society) Non-small cell lung, This is by far the most common cancer of all the reported lung cancers and is responsible for around 90%.

The gender question of which contract it more often males or females? Is a fascinating one as during the past 30 or so years the number of cases of lung cancer “Victims” has dropped in males yet it has risen in females?

NSCLC – (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer) This is by far the most common cancer

Epidermoid – cell carcinoma (small cell cancer) is responsible for 25%-30% of all reported cases of lung cancers, and the leading cause of this disease is smoking.

Adenocarcinoma – It is responsible for around 40% of all cases of lung cancer. It has ties to smoking. However, this form of cancer is the most common one in non-smokers as well.

Large cell carcinoma is the most aggressive form of lung cancer spreading very quickly, and it accounts for around 15% of all reported cancers)

SCLC – (Small Cell Lung Cancer)

It is also referred to as oat cell cancer mainly by the medical profession. It is sporadic indeed for a non-smoker to contract this form of the disease as it is predominantly smoking related.

Now it is possible to have developed lung cancer even though it did not start there. The treatment for this however very much depends on where it did originate (start from.)

So, if you have the diagnosis of lung cancer, ask your medical professional to try and find out where actual disease would originate. It is essential for you so that you can find out the correct information on the type of cancer in question.

Some Fruit as NUTRITION

  • Nutritional Deficiencies

On a slightly lighter note, we can take a quick look at deficiencies in nutrients. It is also known as malnutrition. Primarily, it is the body not receiving enough of a particular nutrient.

It can cause unexplained weight loss also. You should always try to have a diet rich in nutrients to stop the chance of this happening to you.

You need to eat the best breakfast foods available and also some healthy food for lunch as your diet must be a balanced one.

Ignore the reference to weight loss in the first post as I am aware you need to gain it, but please be aware that the foods which are suggested help to make up a balanced diet and this is what you need, for sure!

If you are going to change your diet, then it is always a good idea to talk with your doctor or a dietician if you have one, about the alteration.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition whereby you are producing too much glucose for your body to use up. It is carried throughout your body by the blood.

It happens when the bodies organ, the pancreas, either does not produce enough insulin or in fact, provides none at all as is in some cases.  The hormone insulin allows the body to absorb the glucose that is in the system.

When the glucose does enter the cells, it is used by them as energy to help us perform our daily routines such as going to work.

So if you have diabetes, then what happens is that the body does not correctly use this glucose, so it saves it in the blood. That is where it can get to very high levels. This glucose will also not be in use as fuel for energy.

Type 1 Diabetes And Type 2 Diabetes

There are two main types of diabetes, and they are type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. T1 is what is known as insulin dependent. It happens when the bodies pancreas produces no insulin at all.

It is very VERY important if you think you may have diabetes to have the diagnosis as soon as you possibly can. Because it only gets progressively worse if you do not treat it.

Children, unfortunately, often have type one diabetes. Hence, it is one of the early onsets of juvenile diabetes.

So, with the pancreas not producing any insulin at all in type one diabetes it has to be from somewhere else. However, the only way we as a species can locate it is via injection. Hence the insulin-dependent name.

Type 2 diabetes is not insulin dependent. It is by far the most common kind of diabetes, usually appearing in people over the age of 40 although it can you can have the diagnosis at an earlier age than this.

With type 2 diabetes the insulin either does not work correctly, or there is not enough producing of it. That is because it will absorb the glucose by the bodies cells.

Diabetes Effects On A Weight loss

Let me start this section off by pointing you in the direction of a fabulous website that will explain all about diabetes and unintentional weight loss. The site to which I refer is called diabetes.co.uk

A steady decrease in our weight using nutritional changes and some exercise as I have said throughout this website is considered very healthy and a positive for our health.

(Heart, Cholesterol and blood pressure) but, what you may be completely unaware of is that getting healthier in terms of getting “healthier” and losing weight reduces insulin resistance.

So in short, we do not want to be very resistant to insulin. Because it will result in us needing higher than normal levels of it for it to enter our cells to convert into energy for us to use. Hence type to diabetes occurs. It can and does happen in a very inactive person.  BUT –

Although you can look at unintentional weight loss, if anything, a benefit to people with diabetes, it can be awful for it as well. People with high blood sugar tend to urinate more than the average person.

That then leads to dehydration which has links to an unhealthy weight loss — also, muscles breakdown which too can cause weight loss. As we should know, muscle is even more substantial than fat.

Have a professional look at you if you have concerns

The Chemical Dopamine

What Is Weight Loss About – Parkinsons Disease

Again, very simply put Parkinson’s disease is one that affects people who do not have enough of the chemical called dopamine in their brain. That is due to some of their nerve cells have died.

A common trait of people with Parkinson’s is that they take longer to perform movements and indeed tasks in general certainly more extended than it has would previously take.

Although there are countless studies and lots of research, we’re still not aware of why we contract Parkinson’s to start.

The primary and most noticeable symptom of this disease is the dreaded tremors — a constant shaking. You can usually tell a sufferer of this disease by taking a look at the hands.

It is possible to have Parkinson’s yet have absolutely no tremor. Although it is uncommon, it does happen.

Parkinsons Disease Effects On Weight Loss

Weight loss is something of a common occurrence with people who have Parkinson’s disease. The theory behind this is that we ingest fewer nutrients and expend far more energy. That will result in unintentional weight loss.

  • Tuberculosis

  • Hypercalcemia

  • UC (Ulcerative Colitis)

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Celiac Disease

You could always try some of these supplements BUT make sure that you consult your medical professional before you start taking them. IT IS A MUST DO!

 

Further Reading

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60 thoughts on “What Is Weight Loss About? 9 Reasons For Unintentional Weight Loss”

  1. My biggest obstacle to permanent weight loss is sugar addiction. I eat “all the right foods” to keep healthy, especially lots of protein as it satiates. But I just can’t kick sugar. Last year I lost 50 pounds in about 6 months by tracking caloric intake daily (no cheating allowed! track every calorie!!!) AND working out 5-6 days a week, usually close to 2 hours/day.

    My clothes didn’t fit any more. I almost went out and bought new clothes. Funny thing is, I didn’t like my “thin face.” To me, when I looked at my face in the mirror I looked unhealthy. I mean the rest of my body was starting to look good. Really good. But I didn’t like the way my face looked after losing all the weight.

    Long story short, I fell off the wagon. Stopped tracking calories and working out. Gained all the weight back.

    1. Oh dear what a pity and your face would have been in proportion to youre body its just that you got used to seeing in fatter that is why mate 🙂 Thank you for ur comment sir!

  2. I really like how you emphasize that losing weight will not be easy. So many people think they can just jump on some fad diet for a few weeks and end up looking amazing. It take hard work and lifestyle change, like you said. Long term health should be a priority rather than trying to lose an insane amount of weight in a very short period of time. Thanks for the read

  3. Hi Simon
    I finally feel that I have come across a site that really understands me and my plight with trying to loose weight.

    As much as it is a diet and physical task, it all needs a psychological change to head into the right direction.

    I am so glad that you mentioned weight gain, does affect ones self worth and esteem.

    I look forward to exploring your tips on helping one with these challenges on their journey to loosing weight and gaining better health.

    Thanks and will be chatting to you soon.
    Regards
    Roopesh

    1. Ohhhh my friend you are most welcome and yes weight gain has several psychological implications, not least it CAN lead to a bad depression, I highlighted this as I suffered from it so I am all to aware. Thank you for your kind comment sir!

  4. Hi Simon

    Your site on “What is Weight Loss About” is quite informative to say the least. I, for one, used to not pay much attention to what I eat. These days, I try to watch what I eat, and I also look at the back of food packages to see if it has an ingredient such as mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) that’s found in most potato chips.

    I was once a fan of eating that stuff, nowadays I can only eat in smaller portions as I feel certain weird tingles in my body if I consume a lot of it in one setting.

    I would like to say that you are right to say that losing weight is not easy. It takes a lot of effort/time/dedication. You’re site is great, and I’ll refer people to come here if they need motivation/dedication in reading about losing weight.

    Armand

    1. Wow thanks a lot Armand and yes it does take all three effort time and dedication but it is definitely possible when/if you have these three things 😉

  5. Hello there!

    Awesome post on losing weight. Many people want to lose a lot of weight, but do not know how much effort it actually takes. You have covered some very good aspects of weight loss in much detail.

    I personally don’t like to take weight loss pills, as I do not want to be dependent on it. I use to run a lot for exercise, however I still find doing physical work over long periods works best for me. What do you recommend for a weight loss routine?

    Thanks a lot =)

  6. Hi there Simon! Great article. Covering the reasons for losing weight is such a great way to engage with your reader, like me. I am glad I didn’t need to lose some weight but to gain some weight, hehe. But I agree with you that losing weight if you are considered overweight will give you confidence inside and lead you to a healthy body. Lots of people will find your site helpful for giving them the courage to continue what they started 🙂

    1. Wow thank you as that is the aime of What Is Weight Loss About mate and I’m so glad the article agrees with you. You don’t know how happy I am to hear someone say that 🙂

  7. Tons of info here and it’s very easy to navigate around the site with all the exercise equipment reviews. I didn’t find a link out to buy however. (hmm what did I miss?). Anyway it is a great guide to focus on healthy foods and lots of exercise in order to lose or maintain weight.

    1. Haha thanks Dancinscot and I profusely apologise for the delay but I had computer issues I’m afraid. And THERE IS A LINK on every review that I have done my friend. You must have just missed it 😉

  8. I like the way you are upfront about losing weight is not an issue of one week diet or mysterious formulas but a challenge that takes months and more important a sustainable change of lifestyle and mindset.

    I think this change of habits is the most difficult and same way most important part. You really give great insights and tips to get started with it in a promising way!

    1. Thank yo Vera and yes I have tried to be as open an honest about the whole subject, this is something I have done throughout my whole site. It IS a lifestyle change and not just a week etc of dieting then hoping all the excess has left the body!

  9. Hey there Simon, good to see another awesome article from you again. You touch on a very important issue that bothers most people I know.

    It is good that you have broken down various aspects of weight loss as this is definitely what people are looking for.

    Enough information is on here to get people started on their own weight loss journey!

    Great article!

    1. thank you very much Farhan it is absolutely great to at least get some recognition for all of the hours and hours that I put into creating tis well, what I think is a wonderful website and I’m really glad that u do too.

  10. Hi Simon,
    Your article was hard-hitting. Personally, I’ve been struggling to lose the same 20 pounds for two years. Sigh. My biggest obstacle is what you mentioned – a fear of dieting = boring food. Bland food. Food that doesn’t satisfy me. I know that’s an excuse. And I read that you enjoy the healthy foods you eat. Do you have any recipes or other resources to share about how to make healthy food appetizing? I’d really appreciate it.
    Thanks.
    -Alyssa

  11. Great site with really good information. I never struggled with weight until the last few years as I have gotten older. My military days kept me active and I drank a lot to escape reality. Now that I’m older the drinking has stopped but food has become my crutch. I am working on that. I do need to exercise and like the tips you give. I have book marked your site and will return. I need to be healthier for myself and my family. Thanks for the site

  12. Nice article Simon.

    It has given me some food for thought (pun intended).
    I like how you point out that there can be underlying psychological factors from child abuse to trauma as a reason for being overweight. Like someone who is self medicating with drugs or alcohol, food can be used as a way of self medication.

    My weight issues go back to childhood trauma. I look forward to reading more of your website. Are there any books that you recommend to help with meal planning and shopping for those meals?

  13. I’ve never had trouble with my weight, but I know I could do better with my diet. I can be a sugar-holic just like the best of them. What are some things that you suggest for individuals that don’t have trouble with weight, but everything else in their health could use some help? Thanks.

    1. Well if you do not have a problem with your weight and want to remain that way you should eat a balanced diet. This must contain fruits and vegetables. You can also always go on site and download my free ebook with 150 juicing recipes? I promise not to spam u ? lol

    1. thank you Carl, I have tried to make it informative (the post) but light to read without any biology etc etc lol I am glad that you liked it and is there anything else that I may help you with?

  14. Like you have mentioned there are the two basic categories of people in the weight loss scene, the want-to’s and the have-to’s.

    You did a good job in separating the two and giving information suited to the correct side. I have seen all too often when people are doing great at getting healthier through weight loss and out of nowhere it is just done and the weight slowly starts to creep back on. This can be caused by loss of motivation, stress or sudden lifestyle changes.

    Good post and good luck.

    1. Exactly mate I concur with your point of view entirely. That is why I wrote this post I guess, the want to and have to’s but i never directly said it although the post alluded to that, definitely Thanks for the comment my friend, appreciated.

  15. I really enjoy how this article is done and set up. It looks very nice and wholesome. The images and video you used really bring the whole thing together and make it all the better. Thank you so much for such a detailed and helpful page about weight loss. I also really appreciated the honesty and personality you used within here. Certainly a great read.

    1. Wow thank you for such a glowing endorsement. As I have said once before it is comments like this that really inspire me to keep plodding on as obviously it is nice to know that my work is really appreciated. And honesty is definitely something that I have tried to get across so it is good that you picked up on that. Thanks alot.

  16. As someone who has lost over 50 lbs in the last year I can relate to all the information you provided on your site. You really do feel like a new person when you lose it. Some people get so overweight that they are really confused on where to start since they have so far to go. I just kept telling myself that even the world’s best marathoners or athletes started by putting a shoe on one at a time an starting with whatever they could do. Do you recommend one diet in particular above the others? I’m a low carb/keto person myself.

  17. Hi Simon,i can say you have hit the nail on its head in regard to this post.Most of us especially women gain weight as we watch it coming.Not that we can not control ourselves from eating junk food but simply because we have greed.I will say when the Kilos keep increasing and somebody reaches a point where health problems start to set in,then that is when we want to look for solutions.I would always say if people could eat healthy and exercise,then we could be moving around boasting simply because our bodies are just the way we want them.

    1. Haha yes you are correct women especially have an issue with weight. They do have it during adolescence but it tends to be more apparent as they progress through life. Thank you for your kind words.

  18. You are right, it is a mess when you get to be overweight and your looks, your attitude and all that you do change.
    I like how you are brutality honest about being weak in mind or weak willed, there I think is a whole article in its self on how we can get more motivated. There are a lot of helpful ideas and place to go to get the exercise equipment but when you don’t have money the ones you can do at home with little equipment are the best.

  19. Hi Simon

    When I look at weight loss I see an imbalance of energy movement because excess energy is being deposited on the human body. If your energy intake is more than your energy usage then your body will automatically store the excess energy in the form of fat.

    There are also other factors such as body type and genetics, but other than that you have to control what you can.

    1. Thank you very much for your king comment on what is weight loss about. It is highly appreciated friend. And yes more calories in than you are using will lead to an excess = fat!

  20. Hi Simon,
    Great Articles, as always! First I would like to introduce myself, My name is Youba I am 26 and I live in France. I was a professional dancer back in 2012 but I was obliged to stop because of heart problems.

    I can’t do sport anymore, consequence of not practicing my favorite sport is that I lost all my muscles, that took me time to build, to be replaced by disgracious fat.

    I gained 15 pounds which is really upsetting me. Can you give an advice on how to naturally lose it ? I can’t do a lot of efforts.

    All the Best,
    Youba

    1. Yes certainly I can help you to naturally lose the weight. It all begins in your kitchen as someone once said to me. Take a look at this https://naturallyloseit.org/healthy-diet-menu-some-foods-that-you-should-be-eating and try and buy some of those in. If you should lose the link just type in foods to eat and lose weight. If you do not wish for some reason to go to a busy gym you can always try these https://naturallyloseit.org/home-exercises-to-lose-weight-what-you-should-do they may seem a little silly but they really do work I assure you they do. You may even wish to purchase a piece of equipment like a rowing machine, a treadmill or an exercise bike as they work really well. There are some on my site maam. 🙂

  21. Hi Simon,

    You have captured in a well-written what weight loss is about. In my personal opinion there should be no such thing as a diet or going on a diet because as soon as someone reverts back to their old lifestyle, the weight goes back on!

    Losing weight for me it about making lifestyle changes, and permanent ones at that and changing bad habits for good ones.

    1. AAhhhhhhhhh it is you mr Marshall, well firstly let me start by saying my obligatory thank you for your kind words sir they are highly appreciated and it is comments like this one that inspire me into keeping on writing what I see as helpful material/Content I couldn’t agree with you more it IS a lifestyle change that must be adopted if we are to succeed and be more health in the process.

  22. Wow great post about weight loss, You really have something great going here with the build up and how you write your posts. You are Unique in the way of approaching what weight loss is about and how to cope with it. I find it interesting and easy to read. Best wishes to you Simon!

  23. Thanks for a great article. Losing weight is tough. Easy on, not so easy off. And you are absolutely correct, there are many reasons why people are over weight. Losing weight takes, time, patience, a good plan and understanding. People need to be good to themselves, and losing weight is part of that!
    Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Thank you Diana and yes you are right, I really did try and produce a great article that was easy to read but more importantly easy to understand. Thanks for the kind words.

  24. Hi Simon. Thank you for your article. No. Losing weight is certainly not always easy. It can take time and a lot of dedication to it. Like you say, it’s a new lifestyle to adopt. And I find it hard sometimes to stick to it. I tend to have cravings and go back to the kind of food that I know are not good for me. Do you have any suggestions for me?

    1. hey Guy thank you firstly for your words of agreement. Yes tat is where you need to stop and think “what is tis really doing to me?” It is a mindset that you HAVE TO HAVE so do not give into temptation. Have a look at these posts for some Ideas my friend! https://naturallyloseit.org/bad-fats-and-good-fats-learn-about-the-good-fats-and-bad-fats and https://naturallyloseit.org/what-not-to-eat-some-things-that-you-shouldnt-go-near these should really help you to eat more wisely in the future.

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