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Glossary of Weight Loss Terms

Lactic acid:A byproduct of anaerobic (or high-intensity) exercise that collects in the muscles and causes soreness, stiffness and fatigue

Lactic Acidosis: a serious condition caused by the build up of lactic acid which is produced from glucose when there is not enough oxygen. Similar effects as ketoacidosis.

Lactose: a sugar found in milk.

Lactose Intolerance:A condition that results from inability to digest lactose. Very common in non-european adults

Laparoscopic:Describes a minimally invasive surgical method in which specially trained surgeons use slender instruments and advanced camera systems to perform delicate surgeries inside the abdominal cavity.

Laparoscopic Obesity Surgery:Also known as laparoscopic bariatric surgery. A minimally invasive bariatric surgery performed using slender instruments and advanced camera systems.

Laparoscopic Surgery:A minimally invasive surgical procedure performed using slender instruments and advanced camera systems.

LapBand:An inflatable ring installed around a patient's stomach; functions to limit the intake of food into the stomach and to control the release of food into the small intestine.

LapBand Surgery:Also known as adjustable lapband surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding, gastric banding, and adjustable gastric banding. A bariatric surgery in which surgeons install an inflatable ring around the upper portion of the stomach.

Latisimus Dorsi: The pair of fan- shaped muscles across your middle and lower back that attach the arms to the spine. They work to pull your arms down and back

Layered Eating: A technique in weight management where low calorie, high volume foods are eaten first, before high calorie, low volume foods are eaten ...a logical progression of filling up with certain foods/liquids before other foods are eaten.

Lean Body Mass:The fat-free mass or part of the body including all its components except adipose tissue

Lifestyle Change:Modifying or eliminating long-held habits of eating or physical activity and maintaining the new habits over months and years.

Ligament:A flexible, non-elastic tissue that connects bone to bone. Ligament injuries can be sprains or tears

Lipids:A family of compounds that includes triglycerides (fats and oils), phospholipids and sterols

Liter:The basic unit of volume in the metric system. One liter equals 0.95 quarts.

Lochia:Vaginal discharge after delivery. Continues for up to six weeks.

Low Calorie High volume Foods:Foods low in calories, but high in volume (lettuce, broccoli, carrots and vegetable soups for example) so they more easily fill the stomach

Low volume lipoproteins LDL:Lipoprotein particles that are formed from vldl (very low density lipoprotein) particles. They transport cholesterol to the cells of the body. Elevated levels of ldl are most clearly associated with arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)

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Your invaluable suggestions are highly appreciated regarding any new weight loss term or any other correction you may suggest in the existing Glossary terms.



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