31 July 2008

There are four important thing you should now before start weight loss :
1. Actual weight in pounds
2. Body Mass Index (BMI)
3. Waist measurement.
4. Consul with the doctor for the best action

What is Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Your height and weight influence the BMI. BMI is better measure of health risk than your actual weight in pounds.
  • "Overweight" and "Obesity" are based on BMI values.
  • BMI = 25 and 30 is defined as overweight,
    BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.
  • The higher your BMI, the greater your risk of developing a weight-related illness, such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

What is your waist circumference?

  • Body fat that accumulates in the stomach area (abdominal obesity) is more of a health risk than body fat that builds up in the buttocks and thigh areas.
  • Waistline provides valuable information about risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.
  • a waist circumference too high if it is 40 inches or more in men, or 35 inches or more in women.
  • The proper location to measure the waist is at the smallest spot under the rib cage and above the belly button.
Consulting your doctor about controlling your weight
  • Talk to your doctor about healthy eating and physical activities that can help you lose weight, improve your fitness and decrease the chances of developing heart disease, high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes.
  • Doctor can offer practical suggestions that do not require a complete overhaul of your current way of life.
  • Some physician may refer you to a nutrition specialist, such as a registered dietitian, for in-depth counseling about food choices.


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