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Weight Management

Set American cultural expectations for body image and appearance aside and consider what makes for a healthy body – there’s definitely a range of shape, size and function that can fit that description.  When we breathe, move the parts we are able to, listen to what our body and soul are telling us, fuel with healthy foods, recreate, sleep, cultivate relationships and the learner’s mind – we’re on the right track for a healthy body and wellbeing.

Sometimes, though, we need to be realistic about how too much fat weight for our frame can increase our risk for diseases such as diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, GERD, etc.  The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) published best practice guidelines for weight management.¹ Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference are evidence-based methods for evaluating weight status.  A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 (or less than 23 for some ethnicities) is desirable for overall health.  Recommended waist circumference for men is less than 40 inches; for women, less than 35 inches with lower limits for some ethnicities. 


Take the First Step

A first step is to check your BMI, a number calculated from a person's height and weight (see the calculator to the right).

According to the AACE practice guidelines, even with a BMI above 25, if there are no health complications, an appropriate goal might be to prevent weight gain.  If complications are present, a range of weight loss, from 5% to 15% of body weight, depending on the condition, can result in health improvements. 
 

Concerned about your weight? 

Consider a health or Metabolic Syndrome screening – both include BMI, waist circumference and body composition in addition to evaluating measures that indicate risk for disease. 

Consult the side menu for a range of options for weight management.  One approach does not fit all. Do you prefer the privacy of face to face individualized coaching or the support and encouragement of a group? Maybe a quick, once a month weigh-in provides the accountability that works for you.
 
¹ Endocr Pract. Published online May 24, 2016.