One of the main problems of the present-day weight loss industry is that all information products are aimed at directly starting a process of becoming slim. Books, tutorials, articles, courses, etc. explain you what to do in order to get in a good shape. This results in people not understanding what a particular way of life, eating and exercises is all about and start following it blindly. However, every person is different and what is helpful to one may be harmful to another. On the other hand, knowing how a particular action will affect your weight will be really helpful. So here are three things to consider (and understand!) before you start a diet.
Body Mass Index
One of the key things you should know about, understand and make sure to check before you start your diet is the Body Mass Index (BMI). This is a very important index showing whether you actually need to lose weight and how much. Often we see people starting to get slim and become so obsessed with the idea that they end up dealing with anorexia, which is as bad as being overweight. There are different versions of the BMI standards varying slightly, but any online calculator you pick shall be helpful. In order to verify the results, check them with at least two calculators. All calculators will ask you for your weight and height and some may ask for additional details like gender and age. The most important part, however, are the results. You will get your index and a table that tells you if you are Morbidly obese (if it shows 40 or more), Obese (if it is between 30 and 39.9), Overweight (25 – 29.9), Healthy weight (18.5 to 24.9) and Underweight (18.5 or less). The calculator will also tell you the perfect weight for your height.
Basal Metabolic Rate
If you have decided to start a new diet, a wrong thing to do is to reduce the caloric intake drastically. Even if you are doing nothing – just lying in bed and breathing, your body still needs a certain amount of energy in order to function. This energy is known as a Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). You may be surprised by the results you get, but remember that an average active man needs about 2500 calories a day, while an average woman needs about 2000. So find a BMR calculator, enter your weight, height, age and gender and check out how many calories you need to survive.
Total Daily Energy Expenditure
Once you have found out that you need to lose weight with the help of the BMI calculator and you have calculate the minimum calories you need to live, your next step is to find out how many calories do you need in order to maintain your current weight. From there you can decide how to become slimmer – either by taking in less calories or by exercising more. Total Daily Energy Expenditure will show you how many calories you need every depending on how much you exercise. You can either use a calculator or find the formulas and calculate your energy expenditure on your own, although the first option is easier and faster.
Now you see that losing weight is not as simple as most people think – stop eating and everything will be fine doesn’t always work. In fact, it works too rarely. In order to achieve the best results, you will need to approach the task with intelligence and knowledge. So make sure you understand how BMI, BMR and TDEE work before you start any diet!