BMI is a calculation that stands for Body Mass Index, and is a measurement tool that evaluates the appropriateness of your weight in relation to your height. To measure your BMI, convert your weight into kilograms, and divide by your height in meters squared. BMI charts are broken down into several categories, rating individuals as having a below average weight relative to their height, an average weight relative to their height, being overweight, or being obese.
The only way you can change your BMI is through loosing weight–and the only way that you can safely and effectively loose weight is through starting an exercise program and watching what you eat.
Walking not only has important cardiovascular health benefits, but it’s also very important in the maintenance of a healthy BMI. Cardiovascular exercise helps to burn calories, resulting in weight loss, and therefore, a lower BMI. In order to get the most bang from your buck, consider trying an interval training program. This incorporates alternating moderate to intense training intervals, and allows for the achievement of both weight loss and cardiovascular endurance training. If you are concerned about your ability to stick to a walking program, consider joining a local walking club, or simply ask a friend to join you. Research has found that individuals who participate in a group when trying to maintain an exercise program are most likely to stick with it and achieve optimal results.
Most people have at one time or another tried to participate in a weight loss program–and have quit. Research shows that individuals who simply eat healthier instead of start a “diet” are more likely to obtain their weight loss goal.
Instead of trying a low-carb, high-carb, or all-cabbage diet, simply eat less of what you are already eating. Start by creating a journal, and write down everything you eat for one week. Don’t try to alter your diet at all during this time. The most important thing is to simply have an accurate record of what you are truly eating. After the week has passed, examine the journal closely. Is there any certain time during the day that you typically eat more than other times? Are most of your food choices salty or sweet?
Next, instead of trying to change to a drastic diet, simply start making smarter food choices. For example, adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet in place of junk foods provides you with essential vitamins and minerals, reduces your fat and calorie intake, and provides you with great sources of fiber, which are guaranteed to keep you feeling fuller, longer. Track your diet as you continue to lose weight. Write down every single thing that you eat. Eventually, you’ll discover that you no longer crave junk food, and instead prefer healthy snacks.