Weight ControlThursday, February 16, 2012
If you are overweight, you are not alone. Sixty-six percent of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. Achieving a healthy weight can help you control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. Dr. Edward Hill gives advice on weight control in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Even though many people talk about weight, what really matters is how much of your body weight is fat.
The body mass index, or BMI, is an approximate measure of body fat. A BMI between 19 and 24.9 is considered normal.
The best way to lower your BMI is to take in fewer calories and to be more physically active. Long-term success is about changing unhealthy habits that have led you to take in more calories than your body needs.
Physical activity builds muscle, so even if you dont lose weight, you will look and feel better if you are more active. Being active also reduces your risk of health problems like heart disease and diabetes, even if you are overweight.
If you use certain diet medicines the way your doctor tells you to, they might help you lower your BMI. But these medicines are not the secret to long-term weight loss and can cause side effects. Eating a healthy diet and being more active is the way to lose weight and keep it off.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.