Making Progress In The Weight-Loss Department?

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I decided to share with you quick and easy ways to know if you are making progress in the weight loss department. One way  to  know is by estimating the percentage of fat on your body by using the pinch test. This is done by pinching  the  flesh  at  the  back  of  your  upper  arm  between  your  thumb  and  index  finger. If  your  fingers  are  more  than  two  centimeters  apart   when  you  squeeze,  then  you  probably  need   to  lose  some  more  weight. You  could  also  use  a  more  practical  method  called  Body  Mass  Index (BMI).This  is   the  method  where  one’s  weight ,  in  kilograms,  is  divided  by  the  square  of  the  height. For  example,  if  your  weight  is  80kg  and  your  height  is  1.8metres,  then  your  BMI  is;  80  divided  by  1.8^2  which  is  equal  to  24.7.

The approximate ranges of the Body mass index include;

Status BMI
Underweight 20  and  below
Normal  weight 20-25
Overweight 25-30
Obesity 30-40
Seriously  obese 40+

Having  a  BMI  higher  than  27  increases  your  risk  of  almost  every  disease ;  high  blood  pressure,  adult  diabetes  mellitus,  cancer,  arthritis . Much  as  BMI  could  help  you   be  acquainted  with  your  health  status, it  does  not  put  in  account  the  ratio  of  fat  to  lean  muscle. This  means  that  a  physically-fit  person  may  have the  same  BMI  as  someone  who  has  never  done  exercises.

Another  simpler  way  to  predict  your health  status  is  by  measuring  your  waist  circumference. A  waist  circumference  of  more  than  40  inches  for  men  and  35  inches  for  women  indicates  abdominal  obesity. Abdominal  obesity  is  associated  with  fat  on  the  organs  and  predisposes  to  several  diseases  including  heart  disease,  diabetes, and cancer.

When  the  weighing  scale  turns  out  to  be  deceitful,  it  is  better  to keep in mind  how  much  your  health  is  gaining  from  the  exercise  before giving up. In  such   circumstances, keeping  in  mind  that  no  hard work  goes  unpaid  is  certainly encouraging.

SOURCE:

Africa Health Magazine- http://africanhealthmagazine.com/2013/10/02/want-to-prevent-high-blood-pressure-heart-disease-diabetes-and-cancer-exercise/

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