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Your BMI is 32

Your Healthy Weight Range is

BMI, a standardized ratio of weight to height, is used as a health indicator. In order to be considered healthy, your body mass index (BMI) should range between 18.5 and 24.9. BMI however, is not entirely accurate. Healthy adults with larger bones or bigger muscles might have a BMI value close to the higher end of this range.

Obesity presents several health risks, and heart conditions and high blood pressure are some of the biggest culprits that, in turn, lower life expectancy. As a useful tool to indicate overweight or obesity, BMI measures body fat through a simple ratio of height to weight. BMI is age-dependent, but it is the same for both males and females. Body proportions and muscle mass are not part of the equation, so for people with a large bone structure or a large muscle mass, BMI may not be a precise indicator of obesity.

Recommended Weight Loss Procedures

BMI values between 18.5 and 24 are considered normal weight. Your BMI of 32 falls into the category considered obese. While commonly people do not consider weight loss procedures at this BMI, in the case of an existing health problem that can be linked to obesity, chances are that lap band procedure. gastric plication or gastric sleeve  may have great benefits.  This is especially true if a well-balanced diet and a regular exercise routine have failed to bring the desired weight loss results.

Lap band procedure is usually recommended for BMI over 35, but the presence of one or more co-morbidity associated with obesity makes people with BMI values over 30 candidates for the procedure. The gastric band that is placed onto the upper part of the stomach has the role of drastically limiting stomach capacity, making it easy to lose weight. Lap band procedure is reversible, presents decreased risks for complication and is relatively simple.

Gastric plication is a new weight loss surgery which shows encouraging results. The surgeons folds and sutures the stomach so that it is smaller and holds less food. The gastric plication can also be combined with the lap-band for improved initial weight loss.
Gastric sleeve surgery involves the removal of a large portion of the stomach so the remaining portion is shaped like a sleeve. The resulting pouch allows patients to fell full much quicker and for a longer time, so that weight loss can be achieved in the end.

Recommended Daily Nutrition (based on a healthy diet):

Based on DRI (the Dietary Reference Intakes) established by the Food and Nutrition Board, the list below contains the daily need of vitamins, mineral and nutrients. The list contains estimations made for the average person and should be regarded as a general guide.

Your Daily Nutrients Need
Total Carbohydrate 130.0 g
Dietary Fiber 25.0 g
Linoleic Acid 12000.0 mg
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1100.0 mg
Protein 33.0 g
Vitamin A 2333.0 IU
Vitamin C 75.0 mg
Vitamin D 200.0 IU
Vitamin E 15.0 mg
Vitamin K 90.0 mcg
Thiamin 1.1 mg
Riboflavin 1.1 mg
Niacin 14.0 mg
Vitamin B6 1.3 mg
Folate 400.0 mcg
Vitamin B12 2.4 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 5.0 mg
Biotin 30.0 mcg
Choline 425.0 mg
Calcium 1000.0 mg
Chromium 25.0 mcg
Copper 0.9 mg
Fluoride 3.0 mg
Iodine 150.0 mcg
Iron 8.0 mg
Magnesium 310.0 mg
Manganese 1.8 mg
Molybdenum 45.0 mcg
Phosphorus 700.0 mg
Selenium        55.0 mcg
Zinc 8.0 mg


The above recommendations are only estimates of your minimum needs, and illness or any genetic individuality is not taken into account. Furthermore, these recommendations are specific to women with ages between 19 and 30, and may differ from the standardized Daily Values used on nutrition facts labels.

Recommended Calories Burned

Based on your BMI value, you should make losing weight a priority. Monitoring your daily caloric intake, in accordance with the figures given above, will help you keep a steady pace of weight loss. Calorie monitoring is a useful tool that works best if combined with healthy eating habits and a physically active life. Weight loss surgery can help you control your caloric intake. Consult with your medical specialist for the suitable weight loss strategy.

Recommended Physical Activities

Important note: If you have been diagnosed with obesity related co-morbidities, only perform the type of physical activity recommended to you by your doctor, and only at the intensity level that keeps you in your comfort zone.

A sedentary life is your worst enemy. Physical activity can bring you welcome long-term life changes, as well as a new, better quality of life.

  • Several house chores can be physically demanding (cleaning, farming, outdoor chores) and by doing these you can kill two birds with one stone: you burn calories and you keep a neat environment.
  • Cardio exercises are meant to improve resistance and have several benefits: weight loss, stronger heart, resistant lungs, lower risk of heart conditions, reduced stress, restful sleep and of course, more energy.
  • Strength training routines are designed to sculpt and strengthen the different muscle groups of the body. Trainers can help you pick the right exercises and ideal repetitions for your specific goals.
  • Stretching exercises have the role to keep you safe, sound and free of joint-injuries.

Your Heart Rate

It is normal that obese people have a somewhat higher heart rate. Heart rate increases further as soon as you engage into physical activity and is directly related to the intensity of exercise. A general rule is to take a break when you experience shortness of breath or unnaturally high heart rate.