I know that sometimes people are dubious about their BMI and either can’t work it out or think that their BMI is not that important.
So what about your waist measurement?
This can be an easy way to see if you are at risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes or heart disease because if you waist measure is more than half of your height then you could be carrying visceral fat that attaches to your organs. This is very damaging to your health
So if you are 5ft 6 inches your waist should not be more than 33 inches
Or if you are 6ft tall not more than 36 inches
If you are more familiar with metric measurement then this would be
167.5cm and 64 cm
or 182.2cm and 91 cm
I know that when I mention this men they often say well I am around 6ft but I only wear 36 inch waist trousers so I should be okay but they forget that often the waist of their trousers is sitting below a much bigger tummy. So when they know where the waist measurement should be taken they often have a shock. So put the tape measure around your waist just below your belly button and check out yours!
And if you think you are at risk and would like to know more about losing weight without resorting to gimmicks then please get in touch
Measure Your Waist
Last week I attended the ‘BigFatChatLive’ Event which was being held by Staffordshire Council to discuss the obesity levels in the county. They assessed 1 in 4 adults to be obese and frighteningly 1 in 5 children as well.
This makes 190,000 people in the county as obese with the associated health risks that this can lead to. As the NHS is under so much strain in Staffordshire this is all the more worrying. I want to do anything I can through my business to help to address this and I believe that my Weight Away Plans are helpful in providing support and suggesting healthy eating plans and recipes that can be prepared for the whole family.
The risks to your health of being obese are many. Obesity can result in heart disease, stroke, cancer and Type 2 Diabetes. Losing even a small amount of weight can help to minimise the risks. I know though that this can be less than easy and it can be difficult to do this without support. This why having got my own weight under control I set up my business, and why I am well placed to understand how hard it can be. I can though provide advice, guidance and support with lots of healthy recipes to help you lose weight.
I would be delighted to talk to anyone who is interested in finding out more or who wants to take the first step to tackle a weight issue. You can contact me for a free initial discussion with no obligation. Remember you have nothing to lose but weight
Did you know that one key thing in having a healthy diet is OMEGA 3. It supports your heart health and can also help with rheumatoid arthritis and possibly osteoporosis.
It is found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, but also in flaxseed, walnuts and pistachios and healthy green vegetables such as spinach.
If you eat a healthy well balanced diet you do not need to take supplements and I know that I eat fish at least twice a week and really love to add spinach to salads and to pasta dishes. A very simple salmon dish which I had yesterday but served with broccoli rather than spinach, as I had it to use.
This is just baked salmon and steamed vegetables with light sauce I rustled up with a vegetable stock and natural yoghurt.
This would be under 450 calories if you want to know more about healthy eating and recipes just contact me
One of the easiest ways to know if you are carrying too much fat and are at risk of ill health is to measure your waist.
This is so much easier than calculating your BMI as all you have do is to check your height and divide by 2. You then measure your waist and if it is less than half of your height then you are fine, but if it is greater then it indicates that you are carrying too much fat.
I am only 5ft 2 ins so the most my waist should be is 31 inches. It you are working in metric this is around 157.5 cms and a waist of about 78-79 cms. Mine is 30 so fine!
Why should your waist measurement worry you-well it is indication that you are probably carrying fat around your organs meaning that they will not function as well. This puts you at risk of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and of having a stroke.
So get out the tape measure and check your waist. If you don’t have a tape use a piece of string to check your height then fold in half and try it round your waist. If it goes round you are fine, if not you need to think about losing some weight.
If you are a man don’t just use your trouser size you need to measure the widest part of your waist which often is above your waistband!
I would be delighted to help you and I know that one of my latest client lost 2 inches from their waist in only 4 weeks so you have nothing to lose but weight.
Measure Your Waist
I decided to watch the BBC 3 programme on line that shows the effects of obesity through an actual post mortem.
I think that anyone who is carrying too much weight would want to take action to minimise the risk of what fat can do your organs and seeing this in such a graphic way really made me think.
I can remember being given the advice to microwave a pork pie for 30 secs to see how much fat came out of it. The person who suggested I did this said it would put me off pork pies for life. They were right and you can do the same with a sausage roll but this seems all a bit trivial when you see the fat inside a body.
People who contributed to the show talking about their own weight problems had spoken about health problems but also lack of self esteem and confidence. Their courage to speak out was based on the worries they had about their health. When you were able to see the fat surrounding the organs in the the post mortem and in particular the impact on the liver it was terrifying.
The fact that 64% of the UK population are overweight or obese now and that is expected to rise to 75% by 2035 is really worrying. Particularly when we already know that 90% of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese and that is just one of many health risks. You can add heart disease, stroke, cancer and liver failure.
If you have the stomach for it this documentary is worth a watch and if it inspires you do something about your own weight then I would be delighted to support you in that. You can contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see the programme at http://bbc.in/2cSCh4N
Whatever you are doing and however much money you have got the one thing that is important to us all is our health.
It really doesn’t matter what we look like when we are overweight and in fact you can look great on the outside but it is important to know what being overweight means for your health.
As a quick check if you measure your waist and it is more than half your height you are carrying too much weight. Obviously the bigger the diference the greater the risk.If you are 5ft 8 inches your waist should be no more than 34 inches. So what are the facts
- Did you know that 80% of people who have Type 2 Diabetes are overweight or obese
- Did you know that 1 in 20 cancers are linked to being overweight or obese
- Did you know that being overweight leads to high blood pressure and high cholesterol increasing your chances of stroke and heart disease
But by losing as little as 5-10% of your weight can reduce your risk
So start now and protect your future and for anyone wanting support and help at http://www.weight-away I offer personalised plans, recipes, support and coaching to help you get to a healthy weight.
So get out the tape measure and check your waist!
Measure Your Waist