It has been established that women are the largest consumers of diet products including low calorie food, and more women than men become members of fitness clubs, in order to keep fit and lose weight. More women put on weight than men also due to a deficient thyroid gland, a common womans ailment. Pregnancy is another cause for weight gain, although there are other less obvious reasons that can cause weight gain.
It might appear contradictory, but dieting can also contribute to weight gain. People who go on crash diets and are in a hurry to lose weight, will find that their bodies quickly adapt to the diminished food intake. This change in food quantities will consequently slow down the bodys metabolism in order to function with less food. Once the person who has lost weight starts eating normally again the metabolism will immediately react once more to the change, and start storing as much fat as it can, hence all the weight is put on once more.
The risk when one wants to lose fat quickly is that what you will actually be losing is water and muscle as well, for the body needs its fat reserves to function properly. In addition if you do lose weight too quickly, when you return to your normal eating habits you will no doubt to put on most of the weight again, as the body will be storing a higher percentage of the fat in the food you consume, in order to put away additional stores.
Exercise plays an important role in reducing body weight, with a well balanced diet, richer in proteins and carbohydrates rather than fat together with regular exercise, weight loss can be kept under control. Exercise also helps tone the body helps burn off the fats stored in your body, it is of course important to eat less food than you actually burn in fat energy while exercising.
Not all people have the same ideal weight, even if they are the same height. Everyone is built differently and people with a higher density of muscle will weigh more than those with the same ratio of fat.
A body mass index (BMI) is an efficient way to find your ideal weight; with this system you can find the exact percentage of fat tissue as opposed to muscle present in you body. This is calculated by using an electronic device, which measures the level of body fat through an electric current discharge. The device measures how long the electric current takes to pass through your body, with this data you can measure the amount of actual fat, as muscle tissue is a good conductor of electricity, while fatty tissue is not, the more fat present in your body the slower the current will take to pass through your body.