Many, many of us are actively trying to lose weight…

So when someone gets thinner without trying, most of us would feel a twinge of jealousy while congratulating our friend on their fantastic weight loss.

BUT… losing weight for no apparent reason is not necessarily something to celebrate. The weight loss may be a sign of an underlying health issue. While this is not DEFINITELY the case (they could be going through some major stress, they may be in ‘love’, or they may just be really lucky!), here are some things that could be the cause of unexplained weight loss.

1.     How much?

The first thing to consider is how substantial was the weight loss? More than 5% of overall body weight in 3 to 6 months. That’s more than 2,5kg from a 50kg body, or 4kg from an 80kg body, or 6kg from a 120kg body. If you lose 0,2kg this week without dieting, it’s likely a loss of water. Over a more substantial period, weight loss can be a symptom of something more serious.

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Click page 2 below to find out what could be behind unexplained weight loss…

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.

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