If enough weight is gained by way of increased body fat deposits, one may become overweight or fat, generally defined as having more body fat (adipose tissue) than is optimally healthy.
Weight gain has a latency period. The effect that eating has on weight gain can vary greatly depending on the following factors: energy (calorie) density of foods, exercise regimen, amount of water intake, amount of salt contained in the food, time of day eaten, age of individual, individual’s country of origin, individual’s overall stress level, and amount of water retention in ankles/feet. Typical latency periods vary from three days to two weeks after ingestion.
Being fat is a common condition, especially where food supplies are plentiful and lifestyles are sedentary. As much as 64% of the United States adult population is considered either overweight or obese, and this percentage has increased over the last four decades.
- Increase in body fat percentage
- Increase in muscle mass
- Increase in body hydration levels
- Increase in breast size
In more extreme cases:
- A noticeably larger stomach
- The abdomen will bulge outward and upward, creating a distended midsection
Causes of unintentional weight loss
- Starvation, a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period
- Cancer, a very common and sometimes fatal cause of unexplained (idiopathic) weight loss. About one-third of unintentional weight loss cases are secondary to malignancy. Cancers to suspect in patients with unexplained weight loss include gastrointestinal, prostate, hepatobillary (hepatocellular carcinoma, pancreatic cancer), ovarian, hematologic or lung malignancies.
- AIDS can cause weight loss and should be suspected in high-risk individuals presenting with weight loss
- Gastrointestinal disorders are another common cause of unexplained weight loss – in fact they are the most common non-cancerous cause of idiopathic weight loss. Possible gastrointestinal etiologies of unexplained weight loss are celiac disease, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease (crohns disease and ulcerative colitis), pancreatitis, gastritis, diarrhea and many other GI conditions can cause weight loss
- Infection. Some infectious diseases can cause weight loss. These include fungal illness, endocarditis, many parasitic diseases, AIDS, and some other sub-acute or occult infections may cause weight loss
- Renal disease. Patients who have uremia often have poor or absent appetite, emesis and nausea. This can cause weight loss
- Cardiac disease. Cardiovascular disease, especially congestive heart failure, may cause unexplained weight loss
- Pulmonary disease.
- Connective tissue disease
- Neurologic disease, including dementia
- In some people, certain medications may cause weight loss as a side effect.
- Stress can cause weight loss. However recent research (Jastebott, Potenza et al. 2010) shows a correlation between obesity and high levels of stress
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Guidance For Using Acupuncture For Weight Loss
- Choose a qualified practitioner
Most states require that acupuncturists be licensed to assure that they have completed the necessary education and training standards to practice. You may see L.Ac. (licensed acupuncturist) following his or her name. Acupuncturists may also be medical doctors or other medical professional who have completed a postgraduate program of study
- Complete a full course of treatment
Acupuncture for weight loss is best achieved with 10 treatments delivered over a few weeks
- Follow a comprehensive weight-loss plan
Acupuncture should be used alongside a comprehensive weight-loss plan, like the Dr. Oz Diet that includes healthy food choices coupled with exercise
- Don’t Confuse Treatments
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