Ever want to know if your weight is in the “unhealthy” range or not?

One way to approach this is by looking in a mirror without any clothes on.  Best to do this at home and not in a department store.

If, in the mirror, you look kind of like an apple of a pear – you are probably overweight and you need to do some work.  One place to start is to determine your “Body Mass Index”.  This is a general number that has been very well backed up by research to be generally reliable.

The magic “BMI” number appears to be “27”.  If you are below 27 on your BMI, you are not going to have any “weight related issues”.  If you are over 27 on your BMI – something very strange is happening inside you.

For some reason, when your BMI is above 27, your body fat does something strange to you.  Body fat is an important organ.  It nourishes us and protects us from cold and starvation.  It also produces and modifies hormones in the body that affect innumerable systems from your immune system to your personal energy levels and your psychology.

When your BMI hits 27 – your body fat starts to produce hormones in amounts that do bad things to you.  You will start the process to becoming diabetic, you will lose energy, you will get more tired, you will have a harder time dealing with stress and you will get sick more often…..just to name a few things.

The BMI is not perfect.  Large muscular people will have a high BMI. A professional body builder, for example, will have a BMI that will classify them in the “Grossly Obese” range – but this is clearly not true.  A BMI is mostly a guideline that is meant for the “average person”.

On the right hand lower column of this blog, you will find a BMI calculator.  Feel free to play around with the “weight” part of it in order to determine what your optimal weight should be.  Go ahead and calculate your BMI and just keep in in the back of your mind every time you eat or work out.  Don’t be obsessive about it – just be aware of it.

Human behaviour is extremely resistant to change, so change has to come about as a process over time if it is to last, with lasting consequences.  I am going to write about the true secrets behind weight loss soon.  But it starts with being aware of your BMI.

BMI (Body Mass Index)

Dr. John Fernandes

B.Sc., M.Sc., M.D., LMCC, CCFP, FCPC Clinical Lecturer, University of Calgary I am a Physician with over a decade of experience in my own Private Clinic as well as a full admitting Physician to a Tertiary Care Hospital in Calgary. Married with two daughters that both want to be Physicians as well. Hobbies include skiing, golf, mountain biking and Karate.

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