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How to Decide if You Need to Lose Weight

Trying to Lose Weight? Ask These Questions

Many of the people reading FitSugar have weight loss on the brain, but are your efforts really necessary? Are those extra pounds putting your health at risk, or are you just carrying around a little harmless fluff? WebMD outlined seven questions you should ask yourself to help decide if you really need to get serious about weight loss.

  1. What is your lifestyle? "Regular physical activity and healthy eating are important," say experts who spoke with WebMD, not just for those trying to budge the scale. If you're not active and eat poorly, you should start making some changes for your overall health, not just because of a weight-loss goal.
  2. What is your family history? If high cholesterol, "high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or another weight-related ailment" runs in your family then Web MD notes that "it's crucial to be mindful of your weight."
  3. What is your weight history? If the pounds have been creeping up on you over the past several years, you need to watch out since "experts say your BMI should not increase dramatically, even as you age. Even moderate weight gain in adulthood can increase your risk of diabetes."

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  1. How is your weight distributed? WebMD warns that if your body is "the so-called 'apple' shape," it can put your health at risk. So if this sounds like you, aim to whittle away your middle. If your weight is primarily in your thighs and butt, it's not as crucial to drop the pounds.
  2. What is your waist size? The National Institutes of Health say that a "waist circumference of over 35 inches in women signifies a health risk, particularly those people with BMIs of 25 and 34.9 (the overweight category)." If you're not sure what your BMI is, check out Fit's Calculator to find out.
  3. What is your health profile? "If your cholesterol and blood pressure levels are high and your BMI falls into the overweight or obese category, it's important to lose weight," writes WebMD. So make an appointment with your doc to get yours checked.
  4. How do you feel? "If you're overweight and have joint problems, shortness of breath, or other health troubles that limit your day-to-day living," and interfere with being able to work, then experts quoted in the article suggest that melting away pounds would help improve the quality of your life.
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zeze zeze 7 years
She said BMI AND waist circumference - together they are a great indicator of health! Anyone with a high BMI and a waist over 35 has health problems. Period.
SoChan SoChan 7 years
I'm overweight, but not by much. I have good cholesterol (140/70) and the only thing that runs in my family is asthma, which thankfully I don't have. The only reason I want to loose weight is so I can get into shape because I want ABS!!!!
lucy36 lucy36 7 years
Help. I have coworkers who make remarks about my body and my weight. First, it was my new job that was going to make me fat. Now, after a few years of that, they've just started something new. I just turned forty and now, it's my age that's automatically and inevitably going to make me fat. They keep pressing me. I'm completely miserable. Help!!!!!!!!!
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
What if you become short of breath when you sprint down a block?
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I really don't need to, but I'm trying to lose weight because my wedding dress is too small :(
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 7 years
That Fit Calculator isn't working for me. I cant move the Birthdate or Gender
caty1221 caty1221 7 years
BMI is such a horrible indicator of health. The fact that it doesn't take into account muscle amount and only uses height and weight is problematic. Why do we still use that as a reliable indicator?????
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