Your weight should fall into a healthy range based on your height and gender. When you’re overweight or obese, you have an increased risk of having health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. In addition to your weight, you also need to watch your body mass index. Your BMI should be lower than 25. Anything higher indicates that you have an unhealthy amount of fat. Dr. Ramin lets you know how much weight you need to lose to achieve that healthy range and lower your risk of health problems.
You might see products or services that advertise losing significant amounts of weight in a short amount of time. While this might seem convenient, it’s not good for your body. Instead of aiming to lose a larger amount, such as five or 10 pounds per week, you should focus on losing one or two pounds per week. That is considered a safe amount of weight to lose in a short timeframe.
You can lose weight safely and efficiently through a combination of diet and exercise. That involves eating fewer calories while still getting the nutrients you need and sticking to a regular workout that helps you burn calories. When you take in a lower number of calories, you have fewer calories that you need to worry about burning off. Consuming a higher amount of calories means you have to work harder to burn some of those off.
That depends on how much weight you need to lose. Keep in mind that to lose one pound, you have to burn off 3,500 calories. You can do this by lowering your daily intake of calories by 500 if you want to lose one pound per week or 1,000 if you want to lose two pounds per week. If you don’t want to reduce calories, you can burn off the excess calories through physical activity. If you’re going to reduce your caloric intake, though, you still need to exercise to prevent the weight from coming back.
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