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Glossary of Weight Loss Terms

Fad Diets: These are fashionable diets that come and go on the health scene. Often highly controversial, they are heavily hyped with spectacular claims but contain dubious nutritional and weight loss advice. Competent medical opinion should always be sought before starting on any of these diets.

Fat Grams:A measure the fat content of a food. One gram of fat = 9 kcalories

Fat Soluble:Able to be dissolved in fat; relating to vitamins, those that are stored in the body fat, principally in the liver: vitamins A, D, E and K.

Fats: one of the three main classes of foods and a source of energy in the body. Fats help the body use some vitamins and keep the skin healthy. They also serve as energy stores for the body. In food, there are two types of fats: saturated and unsaturated.

Fat Atrophy: hollows (atrophy) or lumps (hypertrophy) that occur at sites of repeated insulin injection.

Fartlek:Swedish for "speed play", a type of loosely structured interval training for runners, cyclists, and in-line skaters. It combines anaerobic segments with aerobic ones. Said to build strength and speed. (also relieves boredom).

Fastin:A brand name for Phentermine previously manufactured by Smith Kline Beecham but no longer available

FDA: Food and Drug Administration

Fibre: food substances found in cereals, fruits and vegetables that are not digested but help the function of the intestines.

Flexibility:The range of motion around a joint. This can be increased with stretching and yoga

Fluorescein: a harmless yellow coloured dye that is used to outline the vessels of the eye.

Food: Journal:This is a written record of all foods and drinks consumed by a person over a given time. It can assist in personalizing dietary planning.

Food Pyramid:A graphic aid to a healthy diet. The foodstuffs at the bottom of the pyramid are encouraged as being low calorie - high volume, and at the top; foods are placed that should not be consumed often, they being high calorie - low volume foods.

Fortified:Fortified foods or drinks are those that have had extra vitamins and minerals added to them.

Free weights:Weights not attached to a machine nor driven by cables or chains. Barbells and dumbbells are examples of free weights

Fructosamine: a glycated protein like glycated haemoglobin that measures glucose control over the preceding 2-3 weeks.

Fructose: a sugar found in fruits.

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