Were you surprised when you saw your body mass index results? Don’t panic. If you are like many Americans, you had no idea that your number would indicate that you are overweight or obese. The fact is that according to recent data, nearly one third of us are obese and many more are overweight. So what should you do about your BMI? Use it as a reminder to take care of your health.
3 Steps to A Better BMI
- Talk to your health care provider. Your doctor will explain that your body mass index is not a diagnostic test, but rather an indicator that further examination may be required. This is a great time to talk to your provider about a healthy diet and exercise program.
- Take small steps. Your BMI results may be a good wake up call, but if it inspires you to start a drastic fad diet or extreme weight loss program, you may be doing more harm than good. Make small changes to your diet that are easy to maintain. For example, replace your high-calorie soda with water. Eat at least one vegetable at every meal. Replace high-fat snacks with fruit.
- Measure your progress. Set goals for yourself and track your progress along the way. Let your physician know that you are ready to start a healthy weight loss program and write down your numbers including your weight, your blood pressure, cholesterol as well as your BMI. Small changes in your weight can have a big impact on your health.
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