Know your body mass index
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from your weight relative to your height. BMI is a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people. BMI does not measure body fat directly, but research has shown that BMI correlates to direct measures of body fat, such as dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA).
Since it is easy and more practical, BMI can be considered an alternative for direct measures of body fat as it is an inexpensive and easy-to-perform method of screening for weight.
Weight loss step 1
Interpret and understand your BMI
|18.5 – 24.9||Normal|
|25.0 – 29.9||Overweight|
|30.0 and Above||Obese|
Weight loss step 3.
If you are overweight or obese, or if you have excess belly fat, you might be at a higher health risk. Understand your metabolic risk using the metabolic syndrome meter from W8MD medical weight loss centers of America.
Weight loss step 4.
Find a weight loss program that is right for you based on your health insurance, and location. Did you know that the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, mandates all insurances to provide insurance coverage for obesity screening and treatment?
Weight loss step 5.
Understand if you might be insulin resistant which causes weight gain in the stomach and upper part of the body.
Weight loss step 6.
Understand the 5 proven measures to lose weight!
Additional steps for weight loss
- Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods
- Eat plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits
- Reduce amount of cereals (including breads, rice, pasta and noodles), and change to wholegrain
- Include lean meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives Include milks, yoghurts, cheeses and/or
- Drink plenty of water and take care to:
- Limit saturated fat and moderate total fat intake Choose foods low in salt Limit your alcohol intake if you choose to drink
- Eliminate or limit foods containing added sugars Prevent weight gain: be physically active and eat
- according to your energy needs