Common Questions about Weight Loss

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How do I know if I am overweight or obese?  There are tools which can help us determine the amount of body fat we have and how this may impact our health.  The Body Mass Index (BMI) measures body fat in a ratio determined by the individual’s weight and height. The formula involves dividing the person’s weight, in pounds, by the number of inches in their height, squared, and multiplying that number by 703. (Pounds/height(inches)2 X 703)  There are numerous BMI calculators on the Internet to help with this process.  A BMI between the ranges of 18.5 and 25 is considered to be a normal, healthy weight, whereas overweight is classified as having a BMI between 25 and 30.  Obese is anything above 30.  The higher the BMI is above normal, the greater the potential for serious and life-threatening ailments, including diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, gall stones, and many other illnesses.  Calculating the BMI is usually a good method for determining our ideal weight, but there are certain situations when it is not entirely accurate.  Those with a larger bone structures or greater muscle mass will have higher BMIs compared to others with the same height and weight.  For these reasons, certain individuals may also choose to calculate their waist-hip ratio for a more thorough indication of our health and ideal weight range.

If I am overweight or obese, will that truly affect my health?  Being overweight indicates we have more body fat than is optimal for our health, while being obese poses an immediate and negative affect on health, leading to significant health problems and a reduced life expectancy.  Sleep apnea, a potentially fatal condition that occurs when a person’s airways are constricted while sleeping, is much more likely to occur in those who are overweight or obese.  A study published in The Lancet medical journal in 2002 found that 70% of those with sleep apnea were obese.  Having a larger neck circumference (17 inches for males, 16 inches for females) is also directly linked to sleep apnea.  Being overweight or obese can cause many additional health problems.  Those with Type 2 Diabetes are overwhelmingly overweight or obese.  While only 2 out of every 1,000 normal-weight people have diabetes, it is found in 5.5 out of 1,000 overweight people and 18.3 out of 1,000 obese people.  Overweight and obesity also greatly affects the chances of developing osteoarthritis as well causing as a faster progression of the disease, often being most noticeable in the weight-bearing joints while dramatically decreasing the quality of life.  Obesity also leads to chronic inflammation, which in turn can cause a several life threatening problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Obesity runs in my family.  Is there really anything I can do?  Unfortunately, when a parent is overweight or obese, the odds increase enormously for the likelihood of having overweight or obese children.  A study that was published in the International Journal of Obesity found that obese mothers were ten-times more likely to have obese daughters and obese fathers were six-times more likely to have obese sons than parents with normal weights. While genetics can play a role in family obesity, this is unlikely to be the primary culprit.  Parents are the role models for their kids, teaching kids their own eating and exercise habits by setting those examples, as well as showing their kids what they consider to be a “normal” weight – within the family.  This causes children to be unaware when their own weight is too high, perpetuating the same unhealthy lifestyles.  Parents who are not active and who reach for the wrong foods will have children who inadvertently do the same.  In addition, those who have the “obesity gene” are not necessarily obese or overweight, depending upon their lifestyles.  A study in the September, 2008, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine (currently JAMA Internal Medicine) discovered that any Amish who had a genetic predisposition to obesity maintained a healthy weight simply by staying physically active.  Other studies indicate that eating a healthy diet would successfully combat having the “obesity gene.”  Therefore, genetics are not destiny, nor should these be an excuse to maintain an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.  No matter our genetics, we can lose weight and keep an ideal weight by using only the best natural foods and supplements.

I know I need to lose weight, but I don’t want to be hungry, tired or jittery.  The Amino Diet is a safe and natural method that allows your body to become healthy, again, avoiding the use of stimulants or other drugs which may cause severe side effects.  Problems with constant fatigue, overeating, nervousness, depression, and even chronic pain are often signs that your body has become unbalanced and may even be riddled with environmental and dietary toxins, common with a Western diet and lifestyle.  Our diet begins by eliminating toxins from our blood stream while helping to regulate blood sugar levels, thereby preventing sugary spikes and crashes associated with irregular insulin levels.  By regulating the two hormones associated with blood glucose levels, insulin and glucagon, our body is able to store and utilize energy when needed – all without the exhaustion or jittery nervousness associated with fad diets and dangerous pills.   When our hormones are balanced, our trillions of cells are able to carry out their necessary functions for ideal health.  This system also helps the body by giving it the natural tools to manage stress, regulating the stress hormones which in turn can affect energy and weight.

Healthy is the natural state for the human body.  The Amino Diet combats years of unhealthy dietary and lifestyle factors to help it return to its natural and ideal health. To get started today call 801-980-7208.

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