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Weight Loss Using BMI And BMR removes the mystery over what your weight should be and how to get there. You no longer need expensive diet products or programs to do this.

Weight Loss Using BMI And BMR

Weight Loss:

It seems almost impossibly complicated for us normal people.  We struggle with this program and that, never understanding what's going on and being made to feel guilty if we don't look like a TV celebrity.  It's really quite simple...we gain when we take in more calories than we use up...we lose when we take in less.  The trick is in knowing how much we should weigh, the number of calories we need and how to balance our diet to get those calories in a healthy way.  Fortunately, BMI and BMR can help us know what we need to get to the right weight.  Here are some of the recent popular weight loss and diet books.

BMI-Body Mass Index:

The BMI can give us an approximation of what we should weigh, based, primarily on our height.  All you need to do is plug your height and weight into an online BMI Calculator to find out if you're underweight, normal, overweight or obese.  Then work the weight numbers backwards to find out what "normal" is for your height.  Now, I strongly believe the person who invented this was anorexic, so, don't be surprised at how light "normal" is.  I said it was an approximation!

There are wide variations in healthy weight among humans of the same height.  The BMI Calculator link above is to a page that instructs you how to adjust the BMI for the two most common and frame size.  Another common variation is, as we get older, we can afford to be a little more, shall we say, fluffy.  The point is, you now have a way to figure out how much you should weigh based on something more objective than the TV.  Once you've taken the BMI normal weight and adjusted it for sex and frame size, you have your "goal" weight for the next step.

BMR-Basal Metabolic Rate:

Your BMR is basically, the number of calories your body needs to maintain its current weight.  Like the BMI, it's an approximation.  If you're an athlete, for instance, you'll need many more calories...couch potatoes need less, but then, couch potatoes don't read this far into a health article.  To get your BMR, simply enter your sex, age and weight into a BMR Calorie Burning Calculator. The number you get out is the number of calories you need to maintain your current weight. 

Now, here's where BMR can be a powerful weight loss tool.  Instead of your current weight, enter the "goal weight" from the BMI step.  The new number of calories are the daily amount you need to slowly lose weight down to your goal and maintain it (optimum calories).  Of course, check all of this with your doctor before making any changes because certain medical conditions require special consideration.  Still, with BMR and BMI, it's pretty easy to know where the goal line is...the final step is how to get to the goal line.

Fat, Protein, Carbs, Fiber, Water:

Once you know your optimum calories, it's simply a matter of balancing your daily food intake to add up to that total.  There are so many different ideas of how to do that, I'm only going to glance over it in this article.  In the near future I'll be publishing articles to cover different dietary balance styles for different circumstances.  The new USDA Food Pyramid can give you good ideas on balancing your fats, proteins, carbs, fiber and water.  If you make sure to keep your diet balanced and keep the daily calories near your optimum, you should slowly and comfortably lose weight until you reach your goal.  As an added plus, once you get to the goal, you don't have to change a've been doing the right thing all along. 

If you're looking to improve your health and fitness, you probably want a healthy life...including mind, body and spirit.  You can renew your mind and spirit with God's help.  He can heal the stuff your diet doesn't control.  If you want His help, go to Healing From God.

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