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Losing Weight

Although Body Mass Index is a wonderful way of discovering if your weight is correct for your height, it is important not to use it on its own. This can lead to errors in judging your ideal weight.

NB: Many people assessed by BMI as overweight are actually obese.

To be more precise in discovering your health prospects, you also need your waist measurement.

Your Waist: If you are male and your BMI is more than 25, and your waist is more than 40 inches (102 cm) then you need to watch out. For females the numbers to look out for are BMI of more than 25 and waistline over 35 inches (90 cm). These measurements are consistent with a raised risk of obesity-linked diseases such as osteoarthritis, diabetes and heart disease.

If your waistline is less than 40 inches (102 cm) (males) or 35 inches (90 cm) (females) then your health risk profile is more normal.

If your BMI exceeds 25 and your waistline is also high, your health expectations will recover if you begin a calorie reduced diet and steadily build up the amount of exercise you do.

We strongly recommend controlling your weight by eating a balanced diet, containing all major food groups, with adequate vitamins and micro-nutrients. Your chances of controlling your weight effectively in the longer term are dramatically improved if you engage in meaningful physical activity for 20 to 30 minutes each day.

It's best to eat just a little less food than usual AND increase the amount of exercise you do. This way, you should find it quite painless to lose one pound (0.5 kg) each week. And provided you don't start eating like crazy sometime, this weight loss will be permanent.

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Consult a physician before changing your diet or beginning an exercise program.