Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) and follow these steps to lose weight and achieve a healthy BMI.
A quick test to see if you are obese is to use the common method of measuring your body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated based on your body weight and height:Weight (kg) ÷ [height (m) X by height (m)]
Being overweight or obese is not the end of the world. However, just as you did not put on the weight overnight, you will not slim down instantly either. Weight reduction takes time, effort, discipline and know-how.
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Weight gain is due to an imbalance between the amount of energy intake and energy used by the body. Although you might eat fewer calories, you will still gain weight if your body is not efficiently using the energy you take in from food and drinks. Lifestyle factors are one of the most common causes of obesity.
Ask yourself if you have lately been:
People with a family history of obesity are also more likely to become overweight or obese. Certain illnesses and medication can also lead to weight gain. Please consult with your doctor to understand the causes of your weight gain. If necessary, he/she can start you on a weight management plan or prescribe specific treatment for obesity-related health problems.
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There are four steps to that.
Using the information you’ve gathered to modify your diet and activity can bring about more effective weight loss. However, please consult your doctor before beginning any dieting and exercise plan.
Regardless of the cause of weight gain, monitoring food intake and increasing physical activity will help you shed the excess and maintain your weight at healthier levels.
Losing about 10 percent of weight over three to six months cuts down the health risk of obesity-related illness in overweight and obese people, even if the target weight cannot be achieved.
Here are some weight-loss tips to help control your weight:
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Your plan will only be as strong as your determination to succeed. In order to get results, you can try to:
This article is adapted from the brochure, “What is Obesity?” produced by CGH. Caring Magazine, Issue 141 (Mar/Apr 16)
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