You’re not alone if your skinny jeans have gotten too tight. Most Americans are looking to shed a few pounds,…
You’re not alone if your skinny jeans have gotten too tight.
Most Americans are looking to shed a few pounds, some more quickly than others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 73% of American adults are considered overweight or obese.
The CDC uses body mass index to determine these figures. BMI is a simple calculation of a person’s weight in pounds divided by the square of their height in inches. A BMI of 25 to 30 is considered overweight, while a BMI higher than 30 is considered obese. The CDC provides a free online BMI index calculator to help you determine your BMI.
Although the BMI scale has some limitations — for example, very muscular athletes sometimes register as overweight when they are perfectly healthy (that’s because the volume of muscle weighs more than the same volume of fat) — it’s a convenient shorthand used by many medical professionals to flag individuals who could be at risk of developing chronic diseases related to carrying excess fat.
Being overweight or obese has been linked to increased risk of several health issues from diabetes and heart disease to cancer.
Slow and steady is the best way to lose weight.
Given the fact that so many people might benefit from losing some weight, it’s understandable that finding out how to shed pounds quickly has become a hot topic.
While there are endless diets out there that promote super-fast weight loss, many nutritionists and fitness experts agree that slow and steady wins this race. “Losing 1 to 2 pounds per week is a healthy, steady rate. Losing more than this in one week is usually dangerous,” says Jessica Mazzucco, a New York City-area certified fitness trainer and founder of The Glute Recruit, a personal training service.
Losing weight too quickly can cause you to lose muscle and lower your metabolism. It can also set you up for nutrient deficiencies and other health issues. The CDC agrees that 1 to 2 pounds of weight loss per week is the best way to go.
However, Dr. Adrienne Youdim, associate clinical professor of medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and a board-certified internist specializing in medical weight loss and nutrition at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, notes that some people can lose weight at a faster rate healthfully, but it depends …….