Are you genuinely worried about your health and well-being? Are you trying hard to lose weight and live a disease-free life? Are you eating right to ensure you stay on track with your weight loss and lifestyle goals?
If you have answered yes to these questions, you probably know what is one of the most important parameters to measure your health quotient.
No, it is not about being in the healthy weight range or counting calories throughout the day. It is the measure of your BMI – body mass index, which gives an idea of your total body fat distribution.
Our bodies store fat to be used as energy when needed. But how much body fat you have can help you determine your health status and act as an indicator of various health risks. It is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres square.
Globally a BMI of 25 kg/m2 is considered to be the cut off for an ideal body mass index, but it doesn’t apply to Indians. Indians have a different body composition as compared to the rest of the world.
We tend to accumulate abdominal fat easily and store excess fat in the body. Also, we tend to have more fat and less muscle in the same BMI category as compared to the world population.
So, a BMI of 23 is considered healthy and standard for the Indian population (the whole of the South Asian population).
However, the BMI score has some limitations. Since it depends on the height and weight of an individual, it can overestimate body fat percentage, especially in individuals who have a muscular build such as athletes or fitness enthusiasts.
So it becomes necessary to measure the waist circumference along with BMI. More the waist circumference, the more the danger of suffering from various diseases.
If your BMI values are higher than 23, and you have a bigger waist circumference then you are considered overweight or obese.
Remember, obesity (especially, abdominal obesity) is a precursor to various lifestyle conditions like diabetes, arthritis, liver disease, several kinds of cancers, sleep apnea and cardiovascular diseases. More reasons why we should worry about having a healthy BMI and reign control over your expanding girth.
India is deemed the diabetes capital of the world; if these warnings aren’t ringing a bell into our collective consciousness yet, then we are headed for a national health disaster shortly.
This is why calculating the BMI helps to work towards one’s fitness goals and achieve the desired outcome.
You can achieve your ideal BMI value and control your waist circumference by –
If you are overweight and have a BMI higher than 23 along with other health conditions like diabetes or heart disease, your immediate health goal should be to reduce a few kilos of your frame and attain a healthy BMI of 23 and reduce your waist circumference too.
That said, you should also pay equal importance to diet, stress management and sleep patterns. Remember, crash dieting or starving yourself to attain healthy values will do you more harm than good.
This is where we come to your rescue with our scientifically-backed weight loss program: Reset23. The 23 in the name stands for every Indian’s ideal BMI.
Reset23 is a 3-month online wellness program. It is a holistic 360-degree program that takes care of your diet, exercise, stress and sleep patterns to help you lose weight.
Our app’s easy interface will help you log food, exercise, water intake, count calories and get regular health updates. A dedicated coach will be available for regular calls and chat support for the entire 3-month duration.
If you want to give yourself the gift of good health, stop looking any further and enrol for our Reset23 program.
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