Some Signs You May Be Overweight

Clothes too tight for vibrant healthEvery day in the United States, millions of Americans say to themselves “I need to lose weight.”  Are you one of those individuals? 

While many of the individuals who tell themselves that they need to lose weight do need to lose weight, not all do.  So, the question that many ask themselves is “do I really need to lose weight?”  If that is a question that you have asked yourself before, you’ll find this article useful.

Among the indications that you may need to lose weight is if you are obese.  Many individuals do not realize that there is a difference between being overweight and being obese.

While different healthcare professionals have different definitions for obese, it is often said that those who are thirty or forty pounds overweight are obese.  If you are obese, you should be worried not only about your appearance, but your health as well.  Obesity has been linked to multiple health complications, including the early onset of death.

Another method of measuring overweight and obesity is the Body Mass Index (BMI).  BMI is a measure of body fat based on a person’s weight and height. The BMI chart shows four ranges: underweight (Below 18.5), healthy (18.5 – 24.9), overweight (25.0 – 29.9) and obese (30.0 and Above). 

The formula to calculate your Body Mass Index is to divide your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared  and then multiply the result by 703.  For example, a person who weighs 185 lbs and is 6 feet tall (72 inches) would divide 185 by (72 x 72) and then multiply by 703 resulting in a BMI of 25.09.  Continue reading Some Signs You May Be Overweight

Can An IPod Help You Get Fit?

Wearing an Ipod while exercisingMost people think that lifting weights, or doing those crunches, will help them lose those extra pounds of fat and that they will get the tight, toned  and packed abs they have always been dreaming of.

There is absolutely nothing wrong in going to the gym and curling and crunching yourself to get tighter abs and a tucked stomach.

 But before you start with the crunches here are a few things you have to start before you start going to the fitness center. Cut out that fat altogether from your diet. Then do more stretching, and third is do more cardio workouts.

This is the type of advice that might be provided by a personal trainer who could also provide you with a fitness routine designed to achieve your goals.

But what if you prefer not to join a health club, either because of the high cost or because you want the option of working out at home or in environments other than health clubs?  After all, even if you join a health club, why confine your fitness routine to the gymn?   Continue reading Can An IPod Help You Get Fit?

Oprah Says “I’m Never Dieting Again”.

YoyoThe topic of a recent episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show was dieting.  Oprah is well known for her infamous yo-yo dieting issues, consistently gaining and losing weight for years.

This is a problem shared by many Americans.  25% of American men and 45% of American women are on a diet on any given day.  Their weight goes up and down like a yo-yo as they go on and off different diets.  When they stop eating to go on a crash diet, they shed both fat and lean muscle as they “starve” themselves into shape.  Then as they relax their diet and fall back into old habits their weight increases.  Before they know it, they’ve gained back all the weight they lost and added on more.

According to statistics ninety-five percent of all dieters will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years.  Continue reading Oprah Says “I’m Never Dieting Again”.