Weight loss & BMI

What is considered as overweight?

People usually gain excess weight if for an extended period of time they consume more calories than they burn. Excess calories are stored as fat. Not all people who are overweight are such because of a high calorie diet.

It may take years for a person to become overweight because of a slight imbalance in the relation between calories in versus calories burned. In our society it is reasonably easy to become overweight as we are exposed to high sugar foods and the need for physical activity is close to nonexistent.  

It is not your fault that you have a tendency to become overweight but you have the power to do something about it.

A lot of people do not know what is considered overweight. You can figure it out by using your height and weight or your waist circumference.

BMI - Body Mass Index

International obesity research generally uses the BMI to estimate if a person is overweight or in a normal range of body mass.

A BMI between 18.5 and 25 is considered normal and to be the healthiest. If your BMI is between 25 and 30 you are considered overweight. A BMI above 30 is considered obese. The BMI intervals apply to all grownups and indicate the degree of overweight. BMI does not evaluate the ratio between muscles and fat. Because muscle mass has a higher density than fat, a person with a high muscle mass will also have a high BMI but is not considered overweight. For example, a male who works out a lot might have a high BMI but might not be overweight.

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Waist circumference

It is relatively easy to evaluate if a person is overweight by measuring their waist circumference. The waist circumference is a better method than using the BMI index. A high waist circumference, when not pregnant, is probably not because of a high amount of muscle mass but instead an indication of the amount of body fat.  The downside is that some people have a tendency to store fat in other places than around the waist area.

There are several individual differences that indicate using one method may not work as well as another. It is important to maintain a healthy way of looking at your body and to be honest toward yourself when looking at your naked body in the mirror.

Women Men Risk of complications
< 80  < 94 Low risk
80-88 cm  94-102 cm Moderately elevated
 > 88 > 102 High risk

How you lose weight

You can use different strategies to lose weight. Common to all the strategies is that you need to intake less calories than you do burn. Some strategies are more efficient than others are. Not all of the available strategies are healthy. You need to be precautious before you start a new kind of diet. One thing is for sure: you cannot eat anything you want and still lose weight by using a pendulum or in taking pills.

To lose weight and maintain the weight loss you need a focused and conscious effort. No matter which strategy you chose to lose weight, it is a good idea to get support and help from other people. To maintain a permanent weight loss, you need to change some of your normal habits. It can be difficult if you do not have the support from your surroundings or if you do not have anyone you can talk to about the thoughts and challenges that come with the process of weight loss.

Diet – one way or another

It is essential to choose a strategy that fits you and your daily life. It is also important that you choose a healthy strategy. Two of the most acknowledged and tested diets are regular diet and powder diet.