Getting a handle on weight...
...is an important part of any health program, as Obesity comes with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Currently
- 65% of all American adults are overweight and
- 20% are obese.
The standard for assessing weight is
- the Body Mass Index (BMI). It is calculated by utilizing your body weight and height. Overweight is defined as a BMI between 25 and 29.9. Obesity is a BMI above 30. Calculate your BMI.
- A more accurate way is by measuring your Body Fat Percentage. The ideal body fat percentage for men is between 16 and 20 %, for women between 18 and 22 %. Men are obese when their body fat percentage is above 25%, women when above 32%.
Considering that 75% of all people who go through a weight loss program regain it within 3 years (95% within 10 years!), it is clear that most diets don’t work. In order to be successful a medical weight loss programs has to take your metabolic and biochemical individuality into account.
Here are some important pointers:
- Do you know how many calories you consume? Calorie counting is old fashioned, but still important especially as the average person consumes 600 more calories each day, than they think they do.
- Do you know if you are sugar and starches sensitive? Hyperinsulinism/Metabolic Syndrome makes weight-loss nearly impossible unless you are on a Paleo or Keto diet.
- Is your metabolism slow? The basic metabolic rate depends on the optimal function of the adrenal and thyroid glands. And sleep deprivation doesn’t help.
- How is your mitochondrial energy production? If low, weight gain and fatigue go hand in hand.
- Over-exercising can block weight loss as much as lack of exercise.
- If you are unable to shed pounds no matter what you do, you might suffer from weight loss resistance due to these culprits:
- Food allergies/sensitivities
- Low thyroid or adrenal function
- Sleep deprivation
- Exposures to toxins and chemicals
- Stress and emotional issues
- Sex or Growth Hormone deficiencies
- Neurotransmitters deficiencies
- Various Prescription Medications