Are You Overweight? I Can Help You Figure it Out


It may sound like a stupid who doesn't need to lose weight?  But we often base our weight loss goals on an old version of ourselves that was once fit and thin. 

When you get older, things change and it pays to actually assess your weight with the right tools so you know just how to set your goals.

Do You Need to Lose Weight?

If you're really not sure, your doctor's office is an excellent place to start.

  When was the last time you had a physical?  Now would be a great time to schedule one and talk to your doctor about your weight.  He or she can at least give you a ballpark for a healthy weight for you.

Tools To Help You Get a Baseline

Of course, there are no shortage of formulas out there to help you figure out if you're overweight.

None of these are perfect, of course, so I would take all of your results with a healthy grain of salt (or some other spice, since too much salt isn't healthy).   You might be overweight if you:

Of course, there are other factors involved such as your height, frame size and body fat percentage, which is why it's important to get an individual assessment from your doctor or your personal trainer if you're not sure.

How to Use Numbers That Aren't Always Accurate

As I mentioned, none of these formulas is perfect.  If you have a lot of muscle, for example, your BMI may show you're overweight even though you're not.  So, how do you use these numbers if they're not accurate?

What I recommend is that you use these numbers as a way to measure your weight loss progress.

  Get a series of baseline numbers - Your BMI, waist-hip ratio, tummy girth, body measurements, body fat, scale weight and planetary alignment on your measurement day.  Once a month (or more often if you like), retake all of these measurements.  If the numbers go down, you're on the right track.

If they stay the same, you might be hitting a plateau and may need to change your workouts or, if you're not working out, you really should start.

If the numbers are going up...well, I don't have to tell you what that means.  I would look at my diet at that point, which is often the culprit for weight gain.

About That Weight Loss...

Numbers aside, how does this weight loss thing really work?  It's much more complicated than just creating a calorie deficit.  Well, it is about that, but creating that deficit requires that you focus on a few very important things:

  1. You Need to Exercise More - You don't have to kill yourself, but you really need to do more.
  2. Get Enough Sleep - Yes, lack of sleep can contribute to weight problems. Not only because you're awake longer to eat more, but because your body emits a hormone that causes your body to store more fat.  I know.  Not Fair.
  3. Deal With Your Stress - Yep, stress does it too. That hormone thing again...cortisol, which causes your body to store more fat.  A great reason to move to Maui.
  1. Watch Your Calories - You already know this, right?
  2. Be Consistent - You already know this, too.  Whatever happens in your life, keep doing something, even if it's 10 pushups.  Keep the ball rolling, y'all.
  3. Stop Overdoing It - When the weekend comes, do you bury your face in a big pizza pie?  I know, you've been good all week, but don't let yourself completely blow it on the weekends, ok?

So, there you go.  Do all that and you'll lose weight.  Well, actually I would pick one and work on that.  When that's under control, move onto the next.  Slow and steady.

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