Having healthy weight is important because it decreases your risk for many negative health conditions or diseases. The more you weigh, the higher your chances of suffering from things such as:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Gall bladder disease
- Sleep apnea
- High Cholesterol
- High Triglycerides
- And more
Conversely, being a healthy weight will bring with it many health benefits including the following:
- Reduced risk of developing disease
- Increased energy
- Increased mood
- Reduced stress
- And more
Many people worry about being overweight or obese, and how to tell what each one is and whether they are considered either of those. Being overweight means that your body has more fat than it should for your height. Obesity refers to when the body weight is higher than what is considered to be healthy for that height.
The best way to figure out whether you are overweight or obese is to use the Body Mass Index. The Body Mass Index is an estimate of the amount of body fat you have and can serve as a good gauge for whether you are more likely to incur disease often associated with higher body fat. Body Mass Index is calculated using height and weight. There are online sources available to calculate your Body Mass Index, or you can turn to your doctor.
The Arizona Medifast website actually has a BMI calculator – it’s in the Footer on every page! You can check your BMI to see if you are overweight or underweight.
The body mass index is a way to estimate the total amount of fat on your body. The amount of fat that you carry on your body is a good indicator for the risk you have on facing certain health concerns.
It is important to note that if you use the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s BMI online, or any other BMI calculator online, that an overestimate body fat might be present in people who have muscular builds, and an underestimate of body fat might be present in people who have lost a lot of muscle, such as older people.
You can also measure your waist circumference to get a better idea about your overall health. You can use your waist circumference measurement to track whether you are at a high risk for heart disease or diabetes. For women, having a waist circumference that is greater than 35 inches puts you at a higher risk for such diseases and for men, having a waist circumference that is greater than 40 inches puts you at a higher risk for such diseases.
There are of course other risk factors that you should consider for heart disease, especially if you are overweight or obese. You want to ask your doctor if you are obese, or if you are overweight with a high waist circumference, or if you are overweight without a high waist circumference.
If your BMI results or waist circumference state that you are overweight, it is imperative that you avoid gaining any more weight and work to lose weight. If you are obese, you should absolutely lose weight in order to be healthy.
Arizona Medifast offers 4 convenient locations in the Valley including:
All of the AZ weight loss centers offer a free consultation and Body Composition Analysis. Call (602) 996-9669 today!