BMI and Obesity – What’s the Connection?

 

 

Body Mass Index (BMI) is widely used by health experts as a tool for determining an individual’s risk to certain health conditions due to his/her weight. BMI is calculated using a formula based on a person’s height and weight (weight in kg/height in meters2).

Even a small loss in weight can significantly reduce your risk to weight-related diseases if you are obese, overweight, or have a big waist (waist size larger than 40 inches for men and larger than 35 inches for women). Let’s see how BMI classifies overweight and obese individuals:

  • Overweight – You are considered overweight if your BMI is within 25-30.
  • Obese – You are adjudged obese if your BMI is of or more than 30.

How much weight do I need to lose to have a healthy BMI?

 

As you may know, excess weight puts an individual at higher risk of developing various lifestyle diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

If your BMI is on the higher side, ideally, you would like to lose as much weight as is required to bring your BMI down to the healthy range, that is, 18.5-24.9.

However, various studies show that even a weight loss of 6-8% can considerably reduce your risk to various diseases. So, if your current weight is 250 pounds, your first aim must be to get the weighing machine to stop at 235 pounds.  Those who have normal body weight should take care to ensure that their BMI stays within a healthy range.

The time-tested formula to lose weight

 

There is only formula to lose weight, that is, your daily calorie intake should be less than the number of calories you burn. To achieve the same, you can adopt any of the following approaches:

  • Eat a healthy diet (low-caloric diet) and exercise regularly.
  • Select and follow a suitable formal weight loss program to help you make positive long-term dietary and lifestyle changes.
  • Daily consume natural weight loss pills, such as Proactol Plus, which acts as an appetite suppressant and also boosts your metabolism. So, you take in fewer calories and burn more calories than before.

What you need to remember is that the benefits of weight loss are not just limited to acquiring an ideal BMI recording. As you lose weight, your risk to various life-threatening diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and various other conditions, reduces. An active lifestyle and good eating habits also augurs well for your fitness levels and allow you to enjoy life better.