Do I Need To Lose Weight?

This is a question that unfortunately, many of us don’t even have to ask ourselves. We simply look in the mirror or we try to fit into an old pair of jeans, only to find that it rejects us. But, what about those individuals that aren’t overweight? What about those that can fit into their old high school clothes?

That’s a hard question to answer. Fortunately, there are some ways to find out. If you think and feel that you’re carrying around some extra pounds, but your doctor says you’re in good health – you more than likely don’t need to lose the extract weight. Unless it affects your well-being or activity level, there is probably very little need for you to lose weight.

The term “overweight” simply means that your weight may be a little more than what is considered a normal weight for your height. If you’ve put on some extra pounds, you need to take a long, solid assessment of your situation and see how your weight is impacting your risk for weight-related diseases and serious health conditions. If your weight is affecting your daily well-being, or you do in fact become a higher risk for serious weight-related diseases – it’s time to get on a weight loss program.

If you have to wonder if you should lose weight, you have three main ways to measure it. They consist of measuring your body fat, your waist to hip ratio, as well as your BMI, or Body Mass Index. If you take any of these tests and you’re in the risky “danger zone,” you’ll immediately know you need to diet.

Your percentage of body fat

Your PBF, or percent body fat, is measured with a test called the “caliper measurement.” It measures your under the skin fat using a skin fold caliper. The caliper grabs a fold of your skin and pulls it away from your muscle. These tests are normally performed on your hips, thighs, waist, and other key areas on your body, like maybe an arm. These finding are calculated into a formula that determines body fat.

The problem with the PBF tests is that the older you get, the less likely the results are to be accurate, because your fat distribution on your body changes as you age.

Waist-to-Hip Ratio

This is calculated by taking the circumference of your waist and dividing it by the circumference of your hip. Commonly, you may hear of bodies being “pear” and “apple” shapes. These terms have derived from the wait to hip ratio test.

You need a tape measure to calculate your waist-to-hip ratio. Start by measuring your waist at it’s narrowest point and your hips at their widest point. Once you have that, divide the results from the waist by the hips.

The number that you get is your waist-to-hip ratio.

Body Mass Index

BMI is determined by dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared. Then, you multiply by 705. For adults 20 years and older, you’re considered underweight if your BMi is less than 18.5. If you have a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 you are considered an average, or normal weight. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered being over the weight for your size, and 25 to 34.9 begins to expose you to some serious health concerns.

A BMI over 30 and you’re obese, with 40 making you morbidly obese.

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