Do You Know Your BMI?

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I didn't understand the importance of BMI until last year around this time. It was getting cold and I couldn't fit into any of my jeans. I figured I had gained a couple of pounds, but when I got on the scale, it turned out I gained over 20 in less than a year. I was surprised by the number, but I couldn't bring myself to care. That is, until the day I decided to check my BMI with a BMI calculator.

I knew I was "overweight" and I was under no delusion that my BMI would suggest anything different. With your BMI number, you are put into categories of underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese. After calculating my BMI number, I was shocked to see that my weight gain had bumped me out of the "overweight" category and into the "obese" category. Since I already have a multitude of health problems that are all exacerbated by being overweight, there was no way I could ignore my weight anymore.

Finding out my BMI was the catalyst I needed to start getting serious about losing weight and making healthier food choices. I never began an "official" diet, but I did make a conscious effort to begin to eat more healthy.

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In addition to making healthier food choices, I began to use Isagenix (nutritional supplements) several weeks ago to help with my overall wellness. All of these things, have thankfully contributed to my losing over 20 pounds.

Even with my weight loss, my BMI still puts me in the "overweight" category. To get to a healthy weight, I still need to lose about 15 to 20 pounds. My plans are to continue what I am doing, and then kick it up a notch as my New Year's Resolution.

Do you know your BMI? If not, you can check it with this BMI calculator. If your BMI puts you in an overweight or obese category, losing weight may be the best thing you can do for your overall health.

Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
at Catherine-Morgan, Capessa Health & Fitness, Women4Hope 

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