Many people have defined weight loss as their number one New Years Resolution. Do you feel you are working out and not able to loose weight? The Body Mass Index (BMI) has been used to determine under weight, normal weight, overweight, and obesity. If your BMI is over 29, you are considered obese.
It is important to understand the BMI is not effective in determining body fat. A women that is 5’4” and weighs 146 pounds will have a BMI of 25, slightly overweight by BMI standards. After body fat analysis, it may be determined the women has 35% body fat, well over the recommended limit based on her age and gender goal of 22-25%.
Consider a football player. His BMI will be well over 29. This is due to a large muscle mass. Muscle weighs more than fat. An athlete may only have a body fat of 6% to 13%. This is considered to be lean body fat.
Methods to determine body fat include:
- Manual calipers by a trained Fitness & Nutrition Specialist
- Hand held devices https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=hand%20held%20body%20fat%20caliper
- A commercial BodPod product from On Target Health http://www.on-target-health.com/body_composition_testing.htm
Weight Loss Program
A weight loss program should include body fat analysis from a quality measure. Cardinal Elements Inc weight loss programs provide this basic service for individuals and businesses. If you are serious and have struggled to loose weight, this measurement provides powerful information to lead you to success. If your goal is to loose weight and keep it off, don’t do what has always not worked.
Cardinal Elements has a 12 step weight loss program that involves fitness and nutrition with methods easy to live with. You will feel better and like how these sessions make you feel. It is great to feel good. The contact page at http://www.cardinalelements.com will get you started.