After the previous article on weightloss here. I decided to share with you quick and easy ways to know if you are making progress in the weight loss department. One way to know is by estimating the percentage of fat on your body by using the pinch test. This is done by pinching the flesh at the back of your upper arm between your thumb and index finger. If your fingers are more than two centimeters apart when you squeeze, then you probably need to lose some more weight. You could also use a more practical method called Body Mass Index (BMI).This is the method where one’s weight , in kilograms, is divided by the square of the height. For example, if your weight is 80kg and your height is 1.8metres, then your BMI is; 80 divided by 1.8^2 which is equal to 24.7.
The approximate ranges of the Body mass index include;
|Underweight||20 and below|
Having a BMI higher than 27 increases your risk of almost every disease ; high blood pressure, adult diabetes mellitus, cancer, arthritis . Much as BMI could help you be acquainted with your health status, it does not put in account the ratio of fat to lean muscle. This means that a physically-fit person may have the same BMI as someone who has never done exercises.
Another simpler way to predict your health status is by measuring your waist circumference. A waist circumference of more than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women indicates abdominal obesity. Abdominal obesity is associated with fat on the organs and predisposes to several diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
When the weighing scale turns out to be deceitful, it is better to keep in mind how much your health is gaining from the exercise before giving up. In such circumstances, keeping in mind that no hard work goes unpaid is certainly encouraging.
Angella is a student at Makerere University College of Health Sciences.She is currently in her third year offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.Angella is an essayist and the winner of the Make Every Woman Count writing Competition 2012.She is a writer and was awarded the Peers’ Favorite piece award in the writifism competition 2013 by Center for African Cultural Excellence. Angella is a researcher in health and an innovator.She was a fellow of the Global Engagement Summit 2013 in Evanston,Illinois