Body Weight & BMI

Body weight consists of both lean muscle mass and adipose (fat) tissue. One method of calculating a healthy weight involves a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation. When using this tool, a "normal BMI" for an adult is considered to be 18.5 - 24.9. A value over 30, which classifies as "obesity," is associated with increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, or cardiovascular event such as heart attack or stroke. Managing weight can be achieved through diet and lifestyle considerations. Finding ways to make consistent healthier changes over time can lead to significant improvement in body composition.

Incorporate foods that help increase metabolism such as grapefruit, green tea, coconut, and culinary herbs and spices such as cayenne pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, and dandelion (leaf/root).

Increase fiber through fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This will improve satiety, or feeling full when you eat. Getting enough fiber in your diet will also keep your gastrointestinal tract healthy.

Eliminate simple carbohydrates like high fructose corn syrup and white flour, along with hydrogenated oils found in pre-packaged and fast foods.

Maintain portion control to give your body the energy it needs for optimal health.

Exercise programs should include aerobic, flexibility, and strength training to increase metabolism and support lean muscle mass.