Weight management basics
When it comes to weight reduction, there's no use in having any of the diets guaranteeing fast results. Yes, some of the diets really help, but the results are not stable and soon the weight comes back. Diets restrict the intake of nutrients necessary for proper functioning of the body.
The basics to getting and maintaining a healthy body weight is a life-long healthy eating. In addition to diet changes, a woman should consider regular workout in the gym or having any physical activity such as running, jogging, yoga, etc. It is important to find the balance between consumed calories and energy the body needs for everyday activities. Staying in control of healthy body weight contributes to better health and eliminates the risk of many disorders. A regular diet should contain a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The foods and drinks rich in fats, sugar, and salt should be limited. The consumption of alcohol should be also limited or avoided.
One of the ways to evaluate, if the weight is healthy or not, is to determine the size of the waist. The waist size is measured with the help of a tape measure which is placed around the abdomen. The size is determined when a woman exhales. This concerns only women who are not pregnant. The waistline of a woman higher than 35 inches (88cm) shows that she is at higher risk for obesity-related conditions. The fat which is accelerated in abdominal area is dangerous as it is associated with diabetes type 2, hypertension, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol and other conditions. Women with redundant abdominal fat should visit a doctor for consultation. They should try to lose weight with the help of proper diet and exercise if possible. For some women special medical treatment may be needed.
Are you at a healthy weight? What is Body Mass Index or BMI?
You can find out if your weight is healthy simply by calculate your body mass index or BMI. For most people, BMI can tell if their weight is healthy or not and determine the body fatness. BMI number is based on height and weight. • If your BMI is less than 18.5, you are underweight. • If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, you are at a normal or healthy weight. • If your BMI is 25.0 to 29.9, you have excessive weight and you are overweight. • If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, you are obese.
Underweight, normal, overweight, and obese represent different weight ranges. Obese and overweight indicate that your weight is greater than what is thought to be healthy for a particular height. Underweight shows that your weight is lower than normal. So if your BMI is not normal you should think about a consultation with your doctor about possibility of reaching normal body weight with the help of healthy and safe methods. It is well known that obesity and overweight increase the risk of certain disorders and other health conditions including diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart disease and others. Individually, BMI can be taken as an indicator however alone it is not a medical conclusion of the body fat or health of a person. Before starting any diet of health management program consult your doctor to be sure that your weight needs correction and know how to do it safe.