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Nutrition for Weight Loss





Can I stand to lose some weight?

A simple way to determine where you fall in the weight scale is to use the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator to estimate your total body fat.

Doctors use this technique because the index is simple and applies to both men and women. It is generally not used for people with larger amounts of muscle mass (think Mr. Universe) which can be misconstrued as fat.

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Now that you know the deal with the BMI calculator, let's get down to it. Click here to cabulate your BMI

So, what does my BMI score mean?
The table below shows how they break down the results. For people who are considered obese or those who are overweight and have two or more risk factors, weight loss is recommended. Even a small weight loss (just 10 percent of your current weight) will help to lower your risk of developing diseases associated with obesity. Patients who are overweight, do not have a high waist measurement (we'll explain this further), and have less than 2 risk factors may need to focus on weight maintenance.

If your BMI is:

You are clinically:

Below 18.5

Underweight

18.5 - 24.9

Normal

25.0 - 29.9

Overweight

30.0 and Above

Obese

Waist not, want not
Do you carry your weight around your middle? Your abdominal fat is a good predictor of your risk for developing heart disease and other diseases. You can get a good approximation of your abdominal fat by determining your waist circumference in inches using a measuring tape. This risk for certain diseases increases with a waist measurement of over 40 inches in men and over 35 inches in women.




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