What is BMI? BMI is Body Mass Index. It is a math equation that is a combination of your height and weight. Very much like finding the square footage of a room for carpet. It is square footage for the body. Now there are four types of BMI.
Too skinny. While some relish the idea of being too skinny, it is in fact, a bad thing. A person who’s BMI is considered too skinny based on their height and weight, when they get sick, will find a harder time recovering. Why is this? It is because when the body is sick it begins breaking down fat to use as energy. If there is no fat, then basically the car has no gas. In the body, when it is too skinny, the body goes to plan B. Plan B is breaking down the muscle mass to make energy for the body to use. The muscle break down because the gas for the car. The bad thing is that the muscles hold up the frame of the body. When the muscles are used for fuel, then the body takes twice as long to get better. First the body has to heal. Second the body has to fix the muscles. This can cause a person to stay longer in the hospital because they are too weak to move. This can create long days in rehabilitation to get the body back on track.
Just right. Congratulations. You are in the “Goldie Locks” zone. Keep eating veggies and fruits, proteins, and watch your carbohydrate intake. Continue to get physical activity of 20 to 30 minutes in daily. Weight bearing exercising, such as walking, is an excellent choice.
Obese or fat. The word for fat is obese. Fat sounds a bit nicer but just like obese, fat means you are overweight for your height with the BMI. Based on BMI numbers you can be a pound to many over where you need to be and it can be rather frustrating to know this. BMI does not take in account missing limbs, bodies with heavy muscle mass, and weights should be considered “dry”. Dry means not wet, extra things in pockets, or sitting in a wheel chair when weighted. One of the best ways to begin losing weight is by keeping a daily log of what you are eating and drinking. How much, when, and what type of food or brand. Some quick ways to help lose weight is begin eating half of the meal, switch from name brand to generic for less of the chemicals and calories, and drink more water. Give yourself time to lose weight. Losing 1-2 pounds a week is very normal progression. Losing weight is an ongoing event. It will take time to lose weight.
Morbidly obese or very fat. Well this is not very nice at all. Having to tell someone they are morbidly obese. Yet, very fat, you are when you are in this range. Most folks realize that they are overweight but it may be a bit shocking to hear this terminology used because most of us think half a ton or ton folk, when really it could be just being 40ish or so pounds overweight. I know, shocking and not very cool to realize you may be this. Okay, Lisa, what can I do? Again, same as what you can do for obese or fat but add in support groups. Get the family on board with your weight changes. Include body movement during commercials or downloads on the computer. Move your hands and legs or add weights if this is too easy. Plan your weight loss to take a bit longer than your Hollywood stars weight loss. You are just as fabulous but you are realistic while they live in the world of fantasies. Plan on 1-2 pounds a week over several months to reach real goals of losing 10 to 20 pounds. Do not get frustrated. Keep with your goal. If you have a bad day of binging, just start the new day back on the weight loss program you set up. Being awesome is an everyday event and you can do this.
Comments Andrea Goforth
Wonderful informative article ! Do you have an article about diabetes/ blood sugar tips on how to keep it level without spikes?
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