If you are overweight, this article may help you. Obesity is NOT just dependent on any one number, including your weight!! (more on this later in this article).
Obesity is defined as “excess body fat percentage” and is NOT just based on your height and weight.
Even some doctors do not fully appreciate this. So please don’t depend on just numbers to determine if you are obese or not. Even the infamous BMI or Body Mass Index, which is simply based on height and weight, is NOT an accurate reflection of obesity.
For instance, if you have a lot of “lean body mass”, that is, muscle, “hiding” underneath your visible body fat, then your BMI calculation will NOT be accurate. Soooo… BMIs do NOT tell the whole picture and can therefore be an inaccurate measure of the degree of your obesity.
The number you see when you step on the scale is also not necessarily indicative of your degree of obesity.
Bottom line: don’t obsess over the numbers.
Your health is not just numbers, but should be based on some common sense aspects of your life. Aaaand…obesity can be managed successfully if you are motivated… easier said than done, I know!
Age and Weight Control
If you are over 50, it is important to remember that it is normal to have a higher percentage body fat then when you were 20 . However, even in middle-aged and older people, gentle stretching and regular exercise is a way to maintain “lean body mass” (i.e., muscle!) and maintain strong bones as well.
There are two general forms of exercise, although a mixture of these may exist in some types of exercise. The two main categories of exercise are resistance exercise and aerobic exercise.
Resistance Exercise for Weight Management
Resistance exercise means that your muscles are working against some resistance, that it, some weight. Hence, lifting weights is resistance exercise. Resistance exercise is good at maintaining you lean body mass, which is basically your muscle. It is also good for maintaining strong bones.
On the other hand, aerobic exercise is generally with little or no weight, but increases your heart rate and tries to maintain it there for some period of time. Activities such as walking, running, bicycling, and swimming are all examples of aerobic exercise.
Within the parameters of your medical conditions and age, you can determine your “target heart rate”, which is the heart rate (measured in beats per minute) that you should maintain to get the maximum effect (including fat-burning effect) of your aerobic workouts.
Ideal Body Weight?
To determine your “ideal body weight” (and you will still be healthy if you don’t quite reach it) requires a detailed knowledge of your specific health-related issues. By now, you may have figured out that two people of the same age, sex, and height may have different ideal body weights.
It may seem complex, but a good physician should be able to advise you on how best to control your obesity, and stay healthy. Our physicians can help you take the first/next steps.
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From Dr. S. John Guha, Medical Director for GuhaMD.com/LGBTQ.Clinic and his staff, thank you!”