Your BMI is under 20:
Make sure you have a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise to maintain your toning. You’re at risk of being under weight if you lose more weight so keep to a healthy diet making sure you have the recommended dailty intake of minerals and vitamins.
Your BMI is between 20 and 25:
You are at an ideal weight range for your height and shouldn’t worry about your weight. Make sure you have a healthy well-balanced diet and exercise regularly to maintain your weight and toning. You should monitor your weight regularly and restrict your diet a little if it starts creeping up. Some people find it useful to have a low calorie or replacement meal in combination with conventional food. Make sure you have the recommended dailty intake of minerals and vitamins.
Your BMI is over 25:
You are overweight and should try to lose weight by reducing your calorie intake (eat less) and take a bit more exercise. New Leaf can advice you on diets, sensible exercise and can provide a range of products to help you lose a few pounds. New Leaf has prescription medications to suppress your appetite, replacement meals, diet supplements and on staff doctors to advise you how to safely lose weight.
Your BMI is over 30:
If your BMI is over 30 then you are considered to be medically obese. You should aim to reduce your weight by reducing your calorie intake (eat quite a lot less) and take a bit more exercise. We would advise you to consult one of our doctors who may suggest one of the prescription drugs and a low calorie diet to help you shed the extra weight . You will still need to make changes to your lifestyle; the medicines and other products will help you to do that.
How to calculate your BMI
Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a measure of weight relative to height. To calculate your BMI, divide your weight kilos by your height (metres) squared.
A slightly easier way to do this using a calculator: enter your weight in (kilos), divide it by your height (metres) and then divide it by your height (metres) again. If the answer is not 15-40 start again – a common mistake is to use centimetres instead of metres or do the sum the wrong way round.
The resultant score is used to classify your health risk, see the graph below. If you fall into the obese category, it places you at a high risk of developing health complications.
The higher your BMI, the higher your health risk
Research suggests that health risk increases exponentially beyond a BMI of 30. At this height to weight ratio a person is classified as 'clinically obese' and is considered to have a high risk of developing chronic diseases such as liver and heart problems, Diabetes, high blood pressure and Osteoarthritis.
The BMI is a useful tool for measuring health risk, however accurate classification of your health risk requires a holistic assessment by a healthcare professional.
Our doctors will measure your waist to hip ratio (fat around your abdomen carries a greater health risk than fat around your arms & legs), discuss your lifestyle and we may perform a Bio electrical Impedance Analysis to determine the amount of fat and muscle in your body.
If you are concerned about your BMI don't despair. We recommend making an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss your health status and risks.
Bookings can be made by calling us on 0113 2448866.
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