Weight Loss Terms

Weight Loss Terms

Please review an alphabetized list of weight loss terms.

BMI (Body Mass Index)

The BMI is a number physicians use to help determine your risk of illness. This number does not reveal your percentage of body fat.


A calorie is how we measure the amount of energy stored in food and used by cells to sustain life.

Calorie Deficit

We all have daily calorie requirements that must be met to sustain life and maintain a healthy weight. In order to lose weight, you must implement a calorie deficit diet plan. This simply means that you must eat less than your daily calorie requirements in order to lose weight.

Daily Calorie Requirements

The calculated amount of calories that you need to eat each day in order to live, breath, function, and maintain weight. Your daily calorie requirements can then be used to determine how many calories are needed to lose weight.


Macronutrients are the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that we need to nourish our body. Macronutrients are needed in gram quantities.


The rate at which your body converts food and stored body fat into energy.


Micronutrients are essential elements that we need to carry out a range of physiological activities and thereby maintain health. (i.e. potassium is a micronutrient required to help regulate and lower blood pressure) Micronutrients are needed in milligram amounts.

Target Heart Rate

The rate at which your heart should be beating when you are getting enough exercise (“cardio workout”).

This concludes our list of weight loss terms.