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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.
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.
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.
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Disclaimer Note: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.
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.
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.
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.