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How to Determine Your Healthy Weight

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How to Determine Your Healthy Weight

Maintaining a healthy body weight does not mean you have to be thin. The Orangeburg, South Carolina Times & Democrat sums it up nicely: "A healthy weight is based on your weight compared to your height, how much muscle you have, and any health problems for which you may be at risk."

The best way to figure out your healthy weight is with the Body Mass Index, a simple and fast computation based on your weight and your height to measure total body fat. It's calculated by multiplying your weight in pounds by 705 and then dividing by your height in inches twice.

Or figure out your BMI the easy way and just click here. Plug in your weight and height and click to calculate your BMI.

If your BMI is...

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<p><div style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://cdn-channels.netscape.com/cp/fte/healthyweight/i/healthyweight.jpg" width=243 height=300 border=2 alt="healthyweight" align="middle"></div></p> <p><blockquote>How to Determine Your Healthy Weight</blockquote></p> <p>Maintaining a healthy body weight does not mean you have to be thin. The Orangeburg, South Carolina Times & Democrat sums it up nicely: "A healthy weight is based on your weight compared to your height, how much muscle you have, and any health problems for which you may be at risk."</p> <p>The best way to figure out your healthy weight is with the Body Mass Index, a simple and fast computation based on your weight and your height to measure total body fat. It's calculated by multiplying your weight in pounds by 705 and then dividing by your height in inches twice.</p> <p>Or figure out your BMI the easy way and just click here. Plug in your weight and height and click to calculate your BMI.</p> <p><div style="text-align: center;">If your BMI is...</div></p><OL="*"> <blockquote> <LI> 19 to 25: You are a healthy weight.<br> <LI> 26 to 29: You're considered overweight and most likely have an excess of body weight, but not necessarily body fat.<br> <LI> 30 to 39: You're obese and have an excessively high proportion of body fat.<br> <LI> Over 40: You are morbidly obese, which can increase the risk of death from any cause by 50 percent to 150 percent.</OL><br></blockquote> <p>"Our culture creates the impression that everybody needs to be at a weight that makes us look like models and famous people on television and in magazines," exercise physiologist Tabitha Quick told Times & Democrat reporter Sonja Gleaton. "There are a number of factors that we can't control. Our weight is influenced by genetics, body size, age, physical activity, metabolism, and diet history. Two people can live similar lifestyles and have very different weights. While it seems unfair, it is reality."</p> <p><u><cite>As a nation, we're fat. And getting fatter.</u></cite> Unfortunately, there is no quick weight-loss program that works for the long haul. Losing weight safely is a slow and steady process of about 1/2 pound to 2 pounds a week. The best way to do it is to just eat between 300 and 500 fewer calories every day.</p> <p>But consider this: <blockquote>If you lose just 5 percent of your body weight, amazing things happen. First, you'll notice that your clothes fit better.</blockquote> <br>The waistline won't be as tight. Shirts won't be as snug. <br><blockquote>But more important, shedding only 5 percent of your body weight will greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, several types of cancer, asthma, and more, reports Cox News Service. Your "bad" cholesterol will drop. Your "good" cholesterol will increase. Best of all, you will lengthen your life expectancy. </blockquote><br>A little effort. Huge results.</p> <p>Here's a visual aid that might help: "Pick up five pounds of butter and look at the volume," Dr. George Blackburn, associate director of nutrition at Harvard Medical School, told Cox News. "Look at the volume and see how much volume can come off with just five pounds. Easy does it, like the tortoise. That's the healthy way. It's not what you do for eight days, it's what you do for eight years."</p> <a href="http://channels.netscape.com/ns/news/package.jsp?name=fte/healthyweight/healthyweight&floc=wn-nn" target="_blank">Click *here* to access Source article article for this entry.</a>
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