Obesity rates are skyrocketing with some states reporting nearly 1/3 of their residents being obese. One thing we know … it isn’t for a lack of diets that people are getting obese. Losing weight is big business these days and there are a lot of options.
Weight Loss Basics
It may seem simplistic to suggest that you merely need to eat fewer calories than you burn in a day, but in reality that is the crux of dieting.
The first thing you need to do is ask yourself this question:
- Am I overweight?
- Many people are at a healthy weight and they think they don’t look good. Make use of the BMI charts to start to determine if you are overweight then consider getting a BIA analysis done to determine exactly what your status is.
- If, according to the chart, you are less than 18.5% body fat you are underweight. Underweight isn’t healthy and women whose body fat percentage is too low often stop menstruating.
- If you are 18.5 to 24.9% body fat you are in the normal range.
- If you are 25 to 29.9% you are overweight
- Above 30% is obese.
If you are underweight DON’T start a diet unless you have had a BIA (Bio impendence analysis). Unless you are suffering from sarcopenia, which means you appear to be a normal weight on the charts but actually have too much body fat. These conditions are only seen on a BIA. I’ve seen a lot of people at healthy weights thinking they are fat and overweight. A diet isn’t the answer as it can only serve to make you sick. If you suffer from this you should have a complete physical to determine if there is a serious underlying condition.
If you are in the 18.5 to 24.9% range you are in good shape. You need to make sure you maintain your healthy physique. The way to maintain is eat a healthy and balanced diet and keep active. If you do these two things you’ll help your body to stay healthy and at a normal weight. It really isn’t a good idea to start a serious diet if you are at this weight. If you are on the 25% side you may want to lose only a few pounds but not overdo a serious weight loss program.
At 25% to 29.9% body fat you have increased your risk of disease and need to consider taking off the excess weight. The first thing you need to do is increase your activity and exercise. Next you need a healthy diet that allows you to slowly lose weight. (Make sure you doctor OK’s you for exercise)
If you are about 30% body fat you are at considerable risk for disease. You should consider a safe and effective diet. Your diet should be monitored and followed to make sure you are losing weight from the right areas. Diets that are starvation and dramatic often take weight from the body’s muscle tissues and often do more harm than good. Your diet needs to make sure you keep your healthy muscle and lose fat only. (Make sure you doctor OK’s you for exercise)