Do you want to lose weight? Do you stand on the scale and wonder what your weight should be? Everyone is different, and a lot of factors go into what a healthy weight is.
Kimberley Shine, MD, of Shine Health and Wellness is an expert at helping her patients get healthy and attain an ideal weight. In this blog, she explains tests that can help determine if you’re at the right weight and how you can get to the right weight if you’re not.
When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see? You might see a very fit and healthy individual, or you may see an overweight one. However, no matter what your body looks like on the outside, it’s the composition on the inside that matters.
Your body composition is what your body is made up of. This encompasses just about everything in your body, including:
Of course, water makes up a large part of your body, but fat and muscle are not far behind. When you’re overweight, you have a higher fat content than you should have. So, although you might weigh the same as someone of similar height, if they have more muscle mass, their body composition will be a lot healthier.
At Shine Health and Wellness, a body composition analysis is painless and noninvasive. You simply stand on the InBody analysis machine and hold the handles. In less than a minute, you get your results.
Body mass index
Another way to learn if you’re at a healthy weight is to find out your body mass index (BMI). Your BMI is determined by using your height and your weight.
To figure out your BMI, you need to enter your weight and height into a BMI calculator. This gives you a number to determine where you fall on the BMI scale. There are four categories, which are as follows:
- Underweight is a BMI of less than 18.5
- Normal weight is a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9
- Overweight is a BMI of 25 to 29.9
- Obese is a BMI of 30 or greater
If your BMI is on the higher side, that means there may be more fat in your body than there should be. However, in cases where you’re very muscular or are an extreme athlete, these numbers may not accurately describe your health. Someone who is very muscular could have a higher BMI than they’re supposed to on paper, but their body fat might be at a healthy number.
Other tests you can use to gain an understanding of your weight and health are the following:
- Waist-to-hip ratio
- Waist-to-height ratio
- Body fat percentage
These tests can shed light on your weight and health. However, to get as accurate an assessment as possible, you need to get a body composition analysis from Dr. Shine as well.
How to shed the pounds
If you’re overweight, losing the extra pounds may seem impossible. However, with the proper mindset and hard work, you should be able to get the body you’ve always wanted in time. Sometimes, this means converting excess fat into muscle with a specialized workout plan.
Exercise is a very important component to weight loss, especially if you’re trying to change your body composition. If you have more fat than muscle, this may mean adding weights to your exercise to help build lean muscle.
Lean muscle can not only help you look and feel better, but it can also boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day. However, when you’re building muscle, you might not see the numbers on the scale go down as quickly as you’d like — but that’s OK. It’s because muscle weighs more than fat, so although the number may not change as quickly as you’d like, your body composition will change.
Diet is also very important, and Dr. Shine will help you figure out what types of food to eat, along with the proper caloric intake for your height and weight. With proper nutrition and exercise, you’ll be on your way to a leaner, healthier body in no time.
To get to your ideal body composition and weight, book an appointment online or over the phone with Shine Health and Wellness today.