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Weight loss glossary

Do you know your calories from your kilojoules? Losing weight can be difficult enough without the added pressure of trying to understand the latest crazes, scientific advice and slang terms. Our weight loss glossary will explain the most common abbreviations and jargon. Read on as we reveal the meaning behind the terms...

Weight loss glossary

Atkins diet: The Atkins diet (frequently referred to as Atkins) is a high-protein, high-fat and low-carbohydrate diet. The diet allows you to eat as much meat, eggs and cheese as you like, but restricts the consumption of breads, sugars, pastas and milk, among other things.

BMI: BMI, or Body Mass Index, is an index that relates a person's weight to their height. It is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in metres squared. A BMI or 18.5 or under indicates that a person is underweight and 25 and over indicates that a person is overweight, with obesity being classified as 30 or over.

Calorie: A calorie is a unit of food energy. In popular usage, it refers to the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of a litre of water by one degree centigrade at sea level.

Cholesterol: Cholesterol is an essential steroid. It is carried in the bloodstream as lipoproteins, where low density lipoproteins ("bad" cholesterol) are associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease.

Jenny Craig: The Jenny Craig diet suggests that the best way to maintain a healthy wait is to eat the food you want in small, frequent portions, and to increase energy levels by increasing activity.

Kilojoule: A kilojoule is another unit used to measure the energy content of foods. One calorie is equivalent 4.184 kilojoules.

Metabolism: Metabolism refers to the biochemical processes in the body that build up or break down substances.

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