With a BMI of 26.2, you are overweight.
Being overweight increases your risk of developing coronary heart disease, as well as other health conditions such as diabetes.
Being overweight can have a serious impact on health. Overweight can increase your risk of developing coronary heart disease. Carrying extra fat leads to serious health consequences such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders like osteoarthritis, and some cancers.
These conditions cause premature death and substantial disability.
What is not widely known is that the risk of health problems starts when someone is only very slightly overweight, and that the likelihood of problems increases as someone becomes more and more overweight. Many of these conditions cause long-term suffering for individuals and families.
Being overweight isn't a cosmetic problem. This condition greatly raises your risk for other health problems.
The usual treatments for overweight individuals are diet and physical exercise.
If you are considered to be overweight, losing as little as 10 percent of your body weight may lower your risk for several diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Losing weight is not easy
Losing weight is not easy, and it takes commitment.
The key to success is to achieve an energy balance between calories consumed on one hand, and calories used on the other hand.
It's natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly. But evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily are more successful at keeping weight off.
Healthy weight loss isn't just about a "diet" or "program". It's about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.
To reach this goal, people can limit energy intake from total fats and shift fat consumption away from saturated fats to unsaturated fats; increase consumption of fruit and vegetables, as well as legumes, whole grains and nuts; and limit their intake of sugars.
And to increase calories used, people can boost their levels of physical activity - to at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity on most days.
Dietitians generally recommend eating several balanced meals dispersed through the day, with a combination of progressive, primarily aerobic, physical exercise.
Federal guidelines on physical activity recommend that you get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (like biking or brisk walking).
To lose weight, or to maintain weight loss, you may need to be active for up to 300 minutes per week.
You also need to do activities to strengthen muscles (like push-ups or sit-ups) at least twice a week.