Technically speaking, weight loss means a reduction in our current weight. If you look the two words in the dictionaries, Webster or Oxford (or just about any English dictionary), they would yield the same meaning as the one mentioned above.
In this modern time, they say that thin is the 'in thing', therefore any method that results to weight loss are sellable and very appealing to many. These methods of losing weight may make use of diet programs, the use of the gym, sports and other methods of exercise and all these lead to one thing: the loss of weight.
There are two major kinds of weight loss: the unintentional and the intentional. Unintentional weight loss is usually those that are a result or consequence of illnesses which are mostly chronic or severe. You may lose weight after a severe fever even when you do not intend to lose some of them. Chronic or severe illnesses such as diabetes mellitus and the attack of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the body may cause the individuals with the aforementioned illnesses to lose weight. Aside from these two severe sicknesses, there are still others that can contribute to the loss of weight experienced by many people.
While unintentional weight loss is unplanned, the opposite of that is the intentional loss of weight. Here enters the programs---diet programs, exercise programs or programs that incorporate both---that many physicians, nutritionists, and other experts on losing weight come up with. Because we say today that 'thin' is the in thing or 'thin' can be equated to popularity, programs such as these are very sellable and are rampantly sought after by many who feel they are obese and most especially by those who are clinically confirmed as obese. Cosmetic surgery such as liposuction may also be counted as a method of intentionally losing weight---this is a method mostly used by stars in the showbiz business aside from their daily diet and exercise programs.
Because of the use of all these technological advances in the many newly-devised methods of losing weight, scientists have found out that some of these are harmful to the body of individuals who desire to lose weight. To remedy this critical situation, many therapeutic techniques in losing weight have been developed. The therapeutic techniques employed in losing weight appeal to many because they are less intrusive and have less harmful effect on the body.
The techniques under this big umbrella of methods of losing weight are those most often recommended by doctors, family physicians and other medical experts on losing weight. The techniques here mostly used are the adjustment of eating patterns and increase in physical activity---lots of exercise! Another term for this therapeutic technique in losing weight is "Bariatrics."
The weight loss industry today has grown bigger and better with many products and methods that people constantly go to, to find methods of losing weight that suit them best. Today, there are products available on the market that helps overweight individuals lose weight rapidly. With this, thin is indeed the in thing today.