There are many “weight loss” supplements at a health food store where I work. Some products are very popular and others are not, depending on the reputation of their effectiveness (or simply due to the frequency of advertisement). In my opinion, none of them work if you are looking for a “magic pill” to instantly shrink a few sizes! The key to weight loss using supplements is to always incorporate them with healthy eating habits and regular exercise (life-style change!). Unfortunately, supplementation cannot be the only way to promote positive outcomes.
There are some methods to determine whether you are overweight or even obese. The method I used to see where my husband stands at was called BMI (Body Mass Index). It is the most commonly used, and very easy to figure out. You just have to divide your weight (in Kg) by the square of your height (in m).
For example: weight 60kg and height 1.7m, then BMI is 21.
60 /1.7 x 1.7 = 21
- Underweight < 18.5
- Ideal 18.5 – 24.9
- Overweight 25 – 29.9
- Obese 30 – 39.9
- Very obese 40+
Waist circumference is another way to determine one’s level of health risk. Having an apple-shaped body (belly fat, or abdominal obesity) greatly increases the risk of many diseases. Typically, men deposit more fat around the mid-section, whereas women tend to gain weight around the bottom (pear-shaped body).
Increased risk: waist more than 38 inches (97cm)
Substantially increased risk: waist more than 40 inches (102cm)
Increased risk: waist more than 32 inches (81cm)
Substantially increased risk: waist more than 35 inches (89cm)
Being overweight, and obesity, along with excess belly fat are linked to many serious diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, gallbladder diseases, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, depression, and sometimes these conditions result in premature death.
In fact, I just had an eye-opening experience after I figured out where my husband stands in terms of health risk. Despite having a holistic nutritionist as a wife, he is at high risk of developing these major diseases. He has always been a bit overweight, but I didn’t realize his chance of getting health issues had increased so dramatically.
This wake-up-call not only forces me to review all of my textbooks, but also motivates me to improve our food choices and re-evaluate our lifestyle. I am a nutritionist but I still have lots to learn…the first step is to help my husband to get him on the right track.
My journey of “Weight Loss: The Optimal Intestinal Health Way” has just began!
All is well, all the best!
Sherry Torkos, The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
Anita Bean, The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition