5 Life-Changing Strategies to Maintain it Healthy
Despite the fact that there’s no universal measure to instantly dictate one’s health condition, one assessment tool that can help is the BMI.
BMI stands for body mass index. It correlates your body’s height and weight to your body fat ratio.
If you fall under the BMI obese or overweight range and would like to be healthy, check out the following strategies for a healthier you. *
Watch what you eat for a healthy BMI.
Say goodbye to processed foods and unhealthy take-outs. Replace them with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to fill you up.
To lower your BMI, you will need to adapt to a specific diet. Thus, the first thing you need to lose is the instant yet deadly munchies.
You also need to say goodbye to fizzy drinks and sweetened juices. These drinks contain high sugar that contributes to one’s obesity.
Coordinate with your nutritionist as to which food items will give you a tailored nutritional intake.
*As an adult, your BMI should be between 18 to 24.9. This range is classified as the BMI normal range and your benchmark for weight maintenance. If you’re wondering what BMI is considered overweight, it’s 25 to 29.9. A BMI range of above 40 is what medical professionals identify as morbidly obese.
Go for smaller but more frequent meals.
Small, frequent feedings are better than eating three full meals and may work wonders for your weight management. The goal for this kind of program is to eat a small amount of food that your body will digest faster without having to starve yourself.
Consume less calories to get to the right BMI range
Have you checked the calorie content of your favorite fast food chicken nugget? You’ll be surprised that a combo meal of nuggets and fries from a local fast food chain can amount to 1500 calories! To burn this off, you’ll need to run at least three hours at a staggering pace. If the amount of physical activity irks you, better minimize your calorie intake.
You can do calorie counting to make sure that you’re not eating more than what your body needs if you want to stay within a BMI normal range.
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Engage in physical activities.
If you want to lose weight but don’t want to experience the dread of going to the gym, try alternatives like Zumba, hiking, biking, and walking a dog instead. Make your workouts exciting so that you have something to look forward to and experience.
But don’t forget to raise the intensity after some time to prevent your body from hitting plateau.
Let’s say that for the first week, you biked from your home to your workplace. Next week, try farther destinations.
In this way, you get to optimize your weight management strategy and move from BMI obese to BMI healthy territory.
Get better quality of sleep.
Lack of good sleep quality dulls your brain’s decision-making activities. Plus, when your brain is tired, it powers up your reward center, thus activating cravings and other unhealthy habits.
If you want to maintain a BMI normal weight and live a healthy life, good rest and sleep are essential.
The great thing about life is that it offers us a ton of second chances. You can turn your life around and experience it with vigor and outstanding health.
Take action now and live a life that’s free from the shackles of obesity.
I do not use BMI as a sole criterion in determining one's candidacy for surgery.
As all patients have individualized goals and surgical nuances, a high BMI should not prevent one from achieving your plastic surgery goals.
Nick Masri MD
Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon