Managing Your Health


BMI/Weight Management
Posted November 19, 2018

BMI/Weight Management

What Is a Healthy Weight?

Many people struggle to maintain a healthy weight. In fact, 1 in 3 of Americans is considered obese. But the question remains, what is a healthy weight and most importantly, how do I get there and stay there? Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a good way to figure out what your healthy weight should be. The chart below shows you the categories of underweight, normal weight, overweight and obese.

BMI Healthy Weight:
BMIWeight Status
Below 18.5Underweight
18.5—24.9Normal
25.0—29.9Overweight
30.0 and AboveObese

To calculate your BMI click here:

Adult calculator

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html

Child/Teen Calculator

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/bmi/calculator.html

How Do I Get to the Right Weight?

There are two things that you must do to lose weight

  1. Eat right. Eat less fast food, sodas, and processed foods. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
    Get good protein and plenty of fiber.
    Limit salt, sugar, and fat.
    Be careful with your portions
    Schedule an appointment with your doctor about how many calories you should consume per day to lose weight.  For men, it is generally 1800 and for women, it is 1500.
  2. Move more. Our lifestyles can be short on exercise, playing, or just moving enough to burn the fuel we take in. to keep track of your physical activity https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/pdf/physical_activity_diary_cdc.pdf
    https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/downloads/log_sheets.pdf

For movement:

  • At least 30 minutes of walking every day. (You’ll likely need even more than that to lose weight).
  • Add muscle strengthening at least twice a week.
  • Add ordinary movement to that, as well, to burn calories throughout the day.  For example, park far from entrances to get those extra steps in.