Maintaining the proper weight as we age is certainly a good thing. A good rule of thumb to see if you are the proper weight for your height is the BMI formula. BMI stands for body, mass, index. It is not the end all be all, but it will tell you if you could stand to lose a few pounds.
The BMI formula is: your weight/your height in inches squared x 703. For example, if you are 6 feet tall (72 inches) and weigh 170 pounds, it would be 170/(72×72)x703, or 170/5184 which equals .03279 times 703, which equals 23.05.
That number falls in the normal category. 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal weight, 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while over 30 is considered obese. Again, it’s not the end all be all, which means it doesn’t mean you are unhealthy or at high risk for disease if your BMI is say 26. but it gives you a general idea of where you should be in terms of weight.
With that said, and you believe that you should lose a few of those excess pounds, the question is, how do you go about it? There are dozens if not hundreds of programs out there, are they all good? Are they all safe? Do they all work? Is any weight loss good weight loss?
The answer to the last question is yes and no. Gotcha didn’t I? Your probably thinking, what do you mean, yes and no? That doesn’t help me. Allow me to explain. Sure, if you are overweight, losing that extra weight is good, but it is possible that more harm than good could be done in terms of your health, if you go about it the wrong way.
From a fitness perspective, it is important to first determine your goal. Why do you want to lose weight? To look better? To fit in an outfit for an upcoming event? To improve your long-term health? All are good reasons. I favor the last of course, but regardless, there are many ways to go about it. Then there is the question of how much weight you want to lose, and how fast you want to lose it. I suggest being realistic here and making smart decisions. For example, excessive, quick weight loss may not be healthy, and it may not be sustainable, which means you will be back in the same boat in a couple of short months.
We advocate a sensible program for losing weight. This includes a well thought out and executed exercise program, along with monitoring calories while keeping a close eye on where those calories come from. This includes having a sensible ratio of carbs, fats, and protein. That way, you will accomplish your goal, and it will be easier to maintain over the long haul. After all, good health that lasts a lifetime is what we all should strive for. Here is a common understanding of weight loss, burn more calories on a daily basis than you take in, and you will lose weight. It isn’t rocket science.
I will close by telling you what I tell everyone, check with your doctor before making any significant changes to your diet or before starting any exercise program. Also, to get more detailed information about a good nutrition plan, check out our friends at StrongerUFit.com. The testimonials will blow you away!