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Overweight, Obese, and a Healthy BMI

Today, researchers are keeping a close eye on the health of the nation. They are more than happy to tell you the statistics on “the rise of obesity”. BMI, or Body Mass Index came about to determine how weight affects your health. It is important to understand that weight gain is a result of consuming more calories than you expend. The best and most highly recognized way of losing weight is; a healthy and smart way of eating combined with physical exercise. The healthy foods you consume inherently provide essential nutrients and energy to burn throughout your day. While the physical exertion you demand of your body will burn calories and become a key element in stress management.

BMI is a universal scale to determine the amount of fat on a person as opposed to the lean muscle mass, bones and vital organs. Used alone it is a simple yet flawed way to determine this. It basically takes the total body weight of the person and divides that number by the square of the person’s height. In order to determine your Body Mass Index follow this equation (BMI = kg/m2). For more detailed instruction, please refer to the TriLife Health and Wellness Program link at the bottom of this article.

The BMI calculation could be considered “primitive” when compared to other ways of determining your fat percentage. The BMI does not account for the bone density, athletic ability, race, ethnicity, gender, or age of the person. All of these can cause variation in ones overall weight and fat percentage. The other tests that are available are either uncomfortable, expensive, or both. A new tool is readily available that has raised the bar on health and fitness monitoring; it is called the BC-1 Body Composition Analyzer with Calories Burned Tracker. All you have to do is let it scan your body and in about 10 seconds it will tell you:

  • Lean muscle mass and percentage
  • Body fat weight and percentage
  • Overall cellular hydration level
  • Calories burned daily and weekly

Nutrition is an exact science. Let’s skip all the calorie counting and serving sizes…Basically, if you stick to eating fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and maintain efficient hydration you will be eating healthy. Keep this in mind everyday for your eating habits:

  • 3 veggie portions
  • 2 fruits
  • 1 multi-grain (high fiber)
  • + 1 lean protein

Limiting preserved, processed, and refined sugary food will make way for the foods you really should be eating.

Maintaining proper hydration is also critical in order to maintain optimal energy and to be successful in battling fatigue. It is important for all of us to remember that proper hydration is not just avoiding dehydration or drinking sufficient water. Healthy hydration is absolutely dependent upon the intake of sufficient water along with electrolytes so that the cellular matrix can optimally utilize the fluids consumed and a “wash-out” effect is not caused from drinking plain water without the salts essential for cellular functioning. Vital XP is a hydrating mind and body performance supplement that you simply add to drinking water. This is an excellent way to consume fluids while providing the body an array of nutrients important for hydration, energy and performance. Clean and pure water is essential to keep all your cells functioning, your joints lubricated, and your muscles pumping.

Aside from this, it might behoove you to find out what type of food allergies you currently have. Some people have a medical condition and are completely aware of what foods they can and can not have. Other people may be completely unaware that a specific food item, like bananas, sends their body into a mild allergic shock.

Did you know that all the toxic build-up you accumulate from the “bad” foods you eat are stored in your body in the fat cells? Not only can you absorb toxins from the foods you eat, you can also absorb them from your daily exposure to environmental toxins. However, your body has five major barriers to help shield you from these toxic burdens:

    1. Colon Elimination
    2. Skin Detoxification
    3. Kidney Clearance
    4. Liver Processing
    5. Antioxidant and Metabolic Processing

It is important to detoxify your body to help it keep up with this constant build-up. Keep hydrated so your body can flush out the toxins before they get a chance to stick around. Also, high fiber intake everyday is important. Fiber acts like a sponge and wipes your intestines clean as it moves through your body. Keep in mind 2-3 bowel movements a day is important. Otherwise you are storing the toxins and your body will reabsorb the unwanted substances from your stool. Think of it this way…if you miss a bowel movement for a day or two, it becomes firmer and harder to pass. What happens to all that moisture (toxic waste water, hormones, and stuff) that was in your stool? It gets reabsorbed back into your body.

Exercise is a great way of burning additional calories. It can help release tension and built-up stress. Exercise provides anti-depressant and anti-anxiety qualities, it helps clear and focus the mind. Adding exercise to your lifestyle will increase your metabolism.

Stress management is crucial while undergoing weight loss. Stress is a factor in weight gain. The hormonal unbalance that occurs when someone is living in a state of stress can drastically change the body’s coping skills. So much so that even if someone is chronically stressed, they can have decreased appetite and still gain weight. More women tend to be overweight then men. Women are also more inclined to stress about gaining weight. Emotional eating can play a huge part in stress related weight gain. It’s easy to see why many people are overweight or obese when their only coping skill may be to reach for “comfort food”. Instead of reaching for a snack in order to control your stress try a B vitamin complex. B vitamins are well-known for their calming and stress controlling assistance.

Stress can be an all-encompassing reality. It’s important to realize this and take a proactive step towards getting out from under this pressure. Imagine living in a world where your appearance wasn’t even a factor in the type of person you are. For those people that are overweight, or obese, they are unfortunate to carry an additional burden. There is a stigma that says “overweight people are unhealthy”. In a way, they are looked down upon. To add insult to injury, they begin to ‘stress’ about what others think about them and that adds to the weight gain.

The excess fat being stored on your body can become a physical and emotionally debilitating condition. Once it gets to the extreme, Obesity, the physical ramifications can be diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis. These physical conditions go hand in hand with the psychological affect of living in a state of ‘dis-ease’. Being overweight or obese can lead to depression, chronic stress, anxiety, isolation, and low self-esteem. Having a mental condition can not only lead to ‘dis-ease’, it can also decrease your mortality rate. This is a very important part of why you should develop a stress management plan.

Weight management is a very complex issue. Those that are concerned with their weight can get caught up in this viscous cycle; experimenting with ‘fad diets’, starving themselves, or taking so-called “miracle pills”. There are so many risk factors and lifestyle habits that it may be hard to determine why you are overweight or obese.

For those that are obese, it would be wise to seek counseling for their diet. To the extreme, a medical professional may advise taking a prescription to combat the weight gain.

Summary

Weight management is a complex issue. Many researchers can attest to the alarming statistics of our nations’ weight averages. They have developed a new device that can accurately and painless scan your body and tell you what your fat and lean muscle composition is. This tool can be essential in monitoring your weight. If you are determined to drop weight, you will need to stop consuming more calories than you burn in a week. Eating a healthy diet, exercising, and keeping hydrated are essential in your weight management plan. Other components to losing weight are less obvious; detoxification and stress management. Both of these can be helpful in achieving the overall health you desire.

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