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My BMI is 29.8 and i'm fat with water weight. I swish when i walk. How can I get rid of this and 35lbs?

My BMI is 29.8 and i'm fat with water weight. I swish when i walk. How can I get rid of this and 35lbs?

Diet and exercise: A bmi of 29.8 means that you are overweight, obese is 30 and above. It is unlikely that this is "water weight", and much more likely that it is excessive fat. Taking diuretics is not the answer. A calorie restricted diet (low carb works best) and increaseing calorie burning with aerobic exercise is the best way to lose weight and keep it off. ...Read more

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Body Mass Index (Definition)

Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on a person's height and weight, to decide if a person is too heavy or too light for his height. The index is a number that can be in the underweight range, normal range, overweight range, or obese range. Children use different number ranges than adults do, ...Read more


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My bmi is 43.5 my height 5'10 age 19 water content is 36% i want to loose some serious weight what type of fruit should i eat or not?

My bmi is 43.5 my height 5'10 age 19 water content is 36% i want to loose some serious weight what type of fruit should i eat or not?

Any type: All fruit is healthy, and can be a part of a weight loss diet. It's a good idea to eat a variety of fruits, since different types have different nutrients in them. Fruits with a high water content - such as melon or grapefruit - can be useful in weight loss because the water makes you feel fuller but does not add calories. ...Read more

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5ft 23yr old female. My weight is around 248 bmi is around 49. High BP & HR, PCOS, no menstraul cycle in 4-5m, retain water, heart burn & stomach aches almost daily. Best advice?

5ft 23yr old female. My weight is around 248 bmi is around 49. High BP & HR, PCOS, no menstraul cycle in 4-5m, retain water, heart burn & stomach aches almost daily.  Best advice?

Eat fewer calories: Our bodies are in a simple state of balance. If we eat more calories than we use, we gain weight. If we eat fewer calories than we use, we lose weight. So, people who have to lose weight must eat less than they use on most days, but occasionally may eat more than they use on other days... Thus, it averages out over time, so that they are eating FEWER calories overall, than they use up each day. ...Read more

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Approximately how much water should a person with a BMI of 43 drink daily?

Approximately how much water should a person with a BMI of 43 drink daily?

Water: As long as you have no real health issues, the normal individual should consume half their weight in ounces of water. Therefore, a 150 pound individual should consume 75 ounces of water each day. ...Read more

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Age17 weight133 BMI 21.5 1 hour of cardio2-3 times a week, P90X ab workout 3-4 times a week, healthy eating, lots of water. How long until I have abs?

Age17 weight133 BMI 21.5 1 hour of cardio2-3 times a week, P90X ab workout 3-4 times a week, healthy eating, lots of water. How long until I have abs?

A dirty secret: You can't force your body to lose fat in certain areas, so doing sit ups won't cause the fat over your abs to get thinner. U won't have the "6-pack" until you remove all the fat tissue in the skin covering your abs. You'd have to decrease your entire body fat to absurd levels to get your skin thin enough. Truth is, most of the "6-packs" you see out there were liposuctioned. ...Read more

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I have a appointment tomorrow for a checkup kidney, liver, bmi, BP etc. 8 hours fasting is preferred for that, so i can't drink water also or only can't eat?

I have a appointment tomorrow for a checkup kidney, liver, bmi, BP etc. 8 hours fasting is preferred for that, so i can't drink water also or only can't eat?

NPO: Actually, it is better to drink water. If you are dehydrated it may be harder to draw blood for tests. You should avoid eating though. ...Read more

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How much water should i drink every day? I have scolosis, anxiety, chest pain, muscle pain and I've BMI 35, 181 cm tall and 115 kg

How much water should i drink every day? I have scolosis, anxiety, chest pain, muscle pain and I've BMI 35, 181 cm tall and 115 kg

8x8 then double it..: ...3-4L or up to a gallon (128oz)? But it depends. Too much is not good either (hyponatremia) because it dilutes sodium which can be problematic. Here's an interesting article: http://authoritynutrition.com/how-much-water-should-you-drink-per-day/ ...Read more

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My BMI is normal (about 22), but my body fat is high for my age & height (about 30% according to a digital scale). Do I need to lose weight?

My BMI is normal (about 22), but my body fat is high for my age & height (about 30% according to a digital scale). Do I need to lose weight?

Ask doctor : Check with your doctor or nutritionist. If there are metabolic illnesses in your personal or family history, you may wish to be more aggressive about body fat management. ...Read more

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Im little fat nd BMI is 28 i wanna loose weight please tel me the wsys thanks?

Im little fat nd BMI is 28 i wanna loose weight please tel me the wsys thanks?

Losing weight: To lose weight, get ur resting metabolism rate done(weight loss centers do this). This determines the total number of calories you need to lose 1-2lbs/week. Decreasing 500cal/day will give you a 1lb wt loss in 1wk; drink water (1/2 your body weight), eat small meals about 150-200cal 2-4x/(depending on your metabolism rate) and 500cal/meal at night: lean protein/veggies; avoid carbs, . ...Read more

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How to get fat efficiently and healthy?Does matter how many I eat also won't gain weight, I want to reach normal bmi.

How to get fat efficiently and healthy?Does matter how many I eat also won't gain weight, I want to reach normal bmi.

Weight gain: The desire to gain weight is more than just a function of what you eat. Genetics (size of your parents), muscle mass, and bone structure also play an important role. Also, many diseases can also cause one's bmi to be low. Best to see your doctor to discuss all of these factors. Be sure to bring in your parent's height and weight and your body fat measurement. ...Read more

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I am 29yrs, height: 5'4"(1.63m), weight: 172lbs(78.0kg) and my BMI IS: 29.5 which shows I'm overweight. Pls how much kg do I need to loose. Thanks.

I am 29yrs, height: 5'4"(1.63m), weight: 172lbs(78.0kg) and my BMI IS: 29.5 which shows I'm overweight. Pls how much kg do I need to loose. Thanks.

Overweight: It would be wise for you to see a dietitian to help you control your weight. Won't happen overnight but good care from the dietitian will make you feel and look good! Your family and friends will recognize how well you are doing! ...Read more

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If I wanted to check my bmi and body fat. Do I have to go somewhere like a nutritionist or can I check it myself? I'm a female 5'4 and my weight 129.

If I wanted to check my bmi and body fat. Do I have to go somewhere like a nutritionist or can I check it myself? I'm a female 5'4 and my weight 129.

Rough Estimate: You can get an estimate using a BMI calculator on line. However, be aware that it very muscular - that the results could be off. ...Read more

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I'm curious why even with weight loss (-17pounds) my scale BMI doesn't really ever change?

Know body compositio: It is important not to confuse bmi with body fat. The bmi (body mass index) numbers are not percentages of body fat. If bmi is same but fat is decreasing. There are quite a few groups of people for whom bmi is not as accurate –- short women and muscular people, to name two. Bmi also varies according to some ethnic groups. Knowing body fat percentage is an improvement over bmi. ...Read more

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I'm curious why even with weight loss (-17pounds) my scale BMI doesn't really ever change?

Need more info: Study findings appearing in the may 2010 issue of "obstetrics and gynecology" suggest that racial- and ethnic-specific bmi cutoff values are needed as current cutoffs fail to identify many whites and hispanics as overweight. Other diagnostic measures such as waist circumference and blood pressure should be used in combination with bmi to accurately determine health risk. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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As a doctor, what is your opinion on the BMI scale? Accurate or unreliable? I personally believe body fat percentages are a better reference.

As a doctor, what is your opinion on the BMI scale? Accurate or unreliable? I personally believe body fat percentages are a better reference.

Neither are perfect: Body fat is not well standardized as to "normal". You are right, that muscular people have a high bmi but low body fat. Why do you need either? If you are physically fit, eating well, and like the way you look, you don't need either of these measures. ...Read more

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The healthtap bmi scale indicates that I was underweight. But my physician said that my weight is normal. What information should I rely on?

The healthtap bmi scale  indicates that I was underweight. But my physician said that my weight is normal. What information should I rely on?

BMI and young people: BMI by itself is not that useful in younger people that are potentially still growing. For kids, we plot BMI against age and sex to get a percentile. HealthTap's BMI calculator is likely inaccurate. If your doc says you're good, you're probably good! But if you want, you can check out this CDC calculator that shows age-and sex-adjusted BMI percentile (http://1.usa.gov/1ka5FS4). ...Read more

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How can BMI decrease without any effect on "body composition, abdominal fat"? Doesn't the weight need to come from somewhere?

How can BMI decrease without any effect on "body composition, abdominal fat"?  Doesn't the weight need to come from somewhere?

BMI is just a ratio: Bmi is simply a ratio of height to weight. The scenario you mentioned could simply come from a decrease in skeletal muscle mass without any decrease in body fat mass. Monitoring progression of body fat percentage is thus a much better indicator of your health than monitoring bmi. To do this you could track your progress on a professional body composition machine like the inbody 230. ...Read more

Bmi (Definition)

Bmi or body mass index is how we define if a person is under or overweight. It is calculated my taking your height in meters and dividing it by your weight in kilograms squared. Or using a bmi calculator. A normal weight is a bmi between 18-25. Obese is a ...Read more