Slimming or Losing Weight without Cause / Reason

Slimming is also called weight loss or weight loss. Most people lose weight consciously and with a goal: to look slimmer or to prevent diseases. Overweight is a growing problem and not only causes discontent and low self-esteem, but also causes diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Some forms of cancer are also caused by obesity. Suddenly and quickly losing weight without finding an identifiable cause or reason for it can be caused by a disorder or a disease. Think of cancer, Lyme disease or a thyroid problem.

What is losing weight or losing weight?

Slimming, also called losing weight, is losing body weight. Most people deliberately decline because they feel that they are too fat or actually suffer from obesity. Slimming is also useful in this case, because (serious) obesity has adverse health effects. Overweight is something that is becoming increasingly common and also increasingly causes underlying diseases. Think of diabetes (diabetes), cardiovascular disease with the risk of heart attack and joint problems.

Most people fall through a combination of sports (more exercise) and a restriction of the intake of the amount of energy from food. Especially sugars and 'wrong' fats such as cakes and pastries (margarine) ensure a rapid weight gain. By deleting these products from the diet, the intake of energy is greatly reduced. Extra heavy or heavy sports often causes injuries and does not always lead to emaciation, it is better to just move more.

Slimming without cause or Cause

In most cases, losing weight will be the result of a slimming and / or intensive exercise or exercise. Sometimes slimming is the result of a disease. With flu or stomach flu it is clear that this is a disease: the patient feels miserable and has no appetite for food. The movement is also minimal because the patient is lying in bed a lot. As a result, body weight will be lost. Often this weight comes back quickly, because the body indicates that it wants to have energy again after the illness. This creates a hunger feeling. Most people notice that they first lose 1 to 3 kilos during a short-term illness, but that this is within 1 to 2 weeks. A mental illness can also result in losing weight. Think of stress or anorexia .

Sometimes there is no clear cause or reason for losing weight. When it is not a slimming or a lot of exercise, and the cause is unclear, the doctor will have to see why someone is losing weight. This mainly concerns weight loss that continues quickly in a short period. This is a symptom that can not be ignored.


Many people are worried that sudden weight loss is caused by cancer. That is possible, because this is also a symptom of (advanced) cancer. A tumor ensures that fat tissue but also muscle tissue is broken down. Less muscle tissue means less fat burning of energy but also less weight. Less fatty tissue means weight loss. In addition, many people with cancer face chemotherapy, for example, causing nausea or less appetite. Sudden and rapid weight loss should always be checked by a doctor, especially when accompanied by other symptoms such as sudden bleeding, a tangible lump, swallowing, sudden headache, changing bowel movements, etc.


The infectious disease tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium. It is most common in the lungs (pulmonary tuberculosis). There is also skin tuberculosis and vertebrate tuberculosis. The disease is a heavy attack on the body and depletes the food reserves, often resulting in weight loss.

Increased metabolic rate: the thyroid gland

If the thyroid gland is working too hard, the metabolism is too fast. The thyroid hormones normally regulate the metabolism well. When the thyroid produces too many hormones, the metabolism is no longer good. The result is slimming, which seems to have no cause at first. There are also other complaints such as diarrhea, palpitations and an irritated feeling. Often the thyroid gland will be palpably enlarged.

Diabetes, diabetes

In diabetes we see that people often arrive in weight because more fat storage takes place. But it is also people with overweight who get diabetes faster. However, losing weight also comes with diabetes. Symptoms are often thirsty, have to pee a lot, lose weight and fatigue. Type 2 diabetes is less likely to cause symptoms than type 1 diabetes. Sudden loss of weight in combination with the other symptoms often reveals the presence of type 1.

Lyme disease

Every spring and summer there is a warning for Lyme disease , which is transmitted by the bite of a tick. The presence of the Lyme bacteria is often recognizable because a red ring around the tick of the tick first manifests itself. Later, headaches, neck complaints and fatigue develop. The muscles also feel painful and tired. Later, serious complaints and damage to the eyes, the heart, the brain, the joints, the nervous system etc. Important symptoms are shortness of breath, sweating, headache, stiff muscles and joints and weight loss of more than 3 kilos, which occurs suddenly.

When is weight loss serious or cause for concern?

It is often difficult to discover when weight loss is serious or at least cause for concern. We can state that if more than 3 kg of body weight is lost within a very short period of time, this is cause for concern. Even if the body weight decreases by more than 5 percent, this is a reason to visit a doctor. Here too, weight loss comes within a relatively short period of time and there is no question of a diet or a lot of exercise. In addition to the above causes, there are even more causes for sudden and rapid weight loss. Always visit a doctor.