People whose BMI is 18.6 possess the ideal amount of body weight. You are healthy weight for your height.
This “body mass index” is associated with living longest, the lowest incidence of serious illness, as well as being perceived as more physically attractive than people with higher or lower BMI scores.
Maintain a healthy weight is important for overall health, and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions.
If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, breathing problems, diabetes, gallstones, and certain cancers.
That is why maintaining a healthy weight is so important: It helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.
Normal weight treatment
Maintaining a healthy weight is an extremely important part of overall health.
Maintaining a healthy weight is not always easy. The key to success is making changes in daily eating and physical activity habits that can be maintained over one’s lifetime.
To maintain a healthy weight, one needs to balance the calories they use with those they take in.
Some ways to create a caloric deficit are:
- Spend less time in sedentary activities (such as watching tv, internet surfing...).
- Engage in daily activities (walking, bicycling, housework...).
- Eat more fruits and vegetables (and reduce food portion sizes).
Maintaining your weight is not an impossible task.
It simply means burning the same amount of calories that you eat. Eating smaller portions and choosing foods that are low in total fat and added sugar, are essential to maintaining your desired weight. Establishing a regular exercise routine is equally important.
Check your Waist Circumference
Another way to assess your weight is to measure your waist size. Your waistline may be telling you that you have a higher risk of developing obesity-related conditions if you are:
- A man whose waist circumference is more than 40 inches.
- A non-pregnant woman whose waist circumference is more than 35 inches.
Excessive abdominal fat is serious because it places you at greater risk for developing obesity-related conditions, such as Type 2 Diabetes, high blood cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease.