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Managing Your Weight

Managing Your Weight
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Maintaining your weight at a healthful level is one of the most important ways to feel great and protect your health. No single factor has as much impact on the progression of chronic diseases as being overweight. To manage your weight, you need to balance the amount of food you eat with the energy you expend. If you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. Get to know your own unique metabolic tempo.

Here are two measurements that you should know:

Waist to Hip Ratio
Measure your waist at its narrowest point and your hips at their widest point. Divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement. You are at increased risk of chronic illness if your waist-to-hip ratio is greater then 0.80 if you are a woman and 0.95 if you are a man.

Body Mass Index
Divide your weight in pounds by 2.2. Multiply your height in inches by .0254 and then multiply this number by itself. Divide your converted weight by your converted height. A body mass index between 19 and 25 falls within a healthy range.  If you fall within a high risk range, take action and do it now.  A discussion of your weight at your next appointment would be a wonderful way to start off the New Year. We can make suggestions and offer encouragement, as well as give you the green light to increase your physical activity. Taking control of your weight is an enormous step towards good health.