Health and Weight Loss

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There are many reasons why people in the developed world suffer from health problems but two major problems are the type of inactive lives that they lead and the type of food they consume.

Like any type of machine, the human body needs care to maintain it is good condition and modern lifestyles can make this difficult to do in practice.

If the body does not receive the proper care, it will affect health ranging from temporary small illnesses to major ailments.

It has been noted that people with poor fitness levels tend to perform at levels much lower than individuals who boast perfect fitness levels so if you have big goals in your life, then you need to look after your body.

The Body Mass Index

The Body Mass Index is measures the relationship between height and weight and whilst it is not perfect it does provide a good indication as to whether you need to lose some weight.

You can find BMI calculators online where you simply have to enter your weight and height and you will be given the result and whether this is in the normal range. If you are overweight or even obese you need to do something about it.cherrysmall

Your Basal Metabolic Rate

Your Basal Metabolic Rate is derived from a formula taking into account things like weight, height, age and gender to estimate how many calories your body uses whilst at rest (i.e. without do any exercise).  This calculation can then be extended depending on your activity levels or planned activity levels.

Using the Basal Metabolic Rate and the Body Mass Index

Taking you BMI and Metobolic rate you can plan what you need to do.  If you need to lose weight you will need to eat less calories than your body needs to maintain its weight and increase your activity levels.

However, whilst increased exercise is good for you, in terms of weight loss, it is of secondary importance to what you eat. Having worked out your target calorie intake it is vital that these are from a range of foods so that you have a balanced diet and get all the nutrients you need. It is advisable, as far as possible, to avoid processed food and fast food as these make it difficult to control what you are eating. You must aim to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and avoid products full of refined sugar.