Sunday, October 4, 2009

Simple Weight Management Products - The Current Situation

By Scott Edwards

When looking into health issues relating to weight, medics take note of our Body Mass Index. Our reading should come in somewhere in the region of top teens to mid-twenties. Anything above that figure indicates that we're overweight. What's more if we take that figure over thirty we're defined as obese - over forty and the definition is morbidly obese.

Analysing your current number is quite straightforward. First of all measure how tall you are in metres. Then weigh yourself in kilos. Your height should be multiplied by itself, then divide that figure by your weight.

For example if your height is 1.6 metres and your weight is 78 kilos, your BMI is 30.47 (1.6 x 1.6 = 2.56 then 78 / 2.56 = 30.47). As a BMI of more than thirty has been classified as obese, action would definitely be required in the above example.

The continuation of a diet that regularly includes highly saturated fat will keep on adding the pounds. It's important that we reduce our portions and convert to healthier options.

However, it's not advisable to go full out on the latest fad or crash diet that is likely to simply depress you. A crash diet is any eating programme with less than 1200 - 1500 calories a day. Such 'instant remedies' may produce some results, but it's likely the weight will flood back on.

Long-term weight reduction takes time. If you reduce your calorific intake by a fifth, there's a good chance you'll take off up to a couple of pounds a week. Not quick-fix, but much more likely to show a result in a year's time.

Foods which contain the most calories tend to have a high fat content. Lower your intake of saturated fat then, and you achieve a noticeable reduction in calories. Substitute fat with whole grains, vegetables and fruit. It's amazing how quickly you'll start to notice improvements in your health.

Avoid skipping meals - this really doesn't help with calorie reduction. (Missed meals usually lead to high-calorie grazing). A number of lighter meals throughout the day is better in reality. It's more difficult to get the weight off when you feel half-starved. The body metabolises more when it receives frequent healthy portions of food. This leads to an efficient system of weight loss.

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