How do I know if I'm overweight or at a healthy weight?
Body mass index or BMI is a standard "tool" for helping you judge your body weight and the amount of body fat you have.
People with a higher percentage of body fat tend to have a higher BMI except for bodybuilders. Carrying excess body fat, not musde, puts you at greater risk for health problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke. As with weight charts, BMI is only a guideline. Consult your doctor or registered dietitian about the weight and BMI that are healthy for you.
What is the best way to lose weight?
The secret to successful weight management is a healthy eating plan and physical activities that you enjoy. Although there really isn't one "best way," registered dietitians advise that slow, gradual weight loss is healthier, easier to manage and more likely to be permanent.
Use the Food Guide Pyramid as the basis for your healthy eating pattern. Be sure to include the minimum number of servings from each food group. A registered dietitian (RD) can help you develop a healthy eating plan that will fit your lifestyle.
Calories still count if you're trying to lose weight. You need to monitor both calorie and at intake. A low fat or low carbohydrate eating pattern is not necessarily low in alories. In order to lose weight, your calorie Intake must be less than calories burned. Portion size is also key to any healthy eating plan. Large servings of even low fat foods can undermine your weight loss goals.
Hitting a plateau during a weight loss program is normal. Your body requires fewer calories to function as your weight decreases. Everyone's body levels off at a different weight. Some people will level off at a higher weight than others.