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Gimmick-Free Weight Loss

# Gimmick-Free Weight Loss

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Copyright 2010 Richard A. Clinchy, III Page 1
Gimmick-Free Weight Loss
Richard A. Clinchy, III, PhD, EMT-P After I had my heart attack in January 2008, I found myself reverting to “comfort food” far toooften and my weight soared to around 228 pounds…the heaviest I have ever been. I foundthat trousers and shorts that had a 36” waist were no longer sufficient to handle my girth and Ifound it necessary to purchase clothing with 40” waist measurements. So, was my appearancethe image of a person in good health? I don’t believe so. Have you ever asked yourself similarquestions? In addition to the need for larger clothes, I noticed a gut that seemed to spill overmy belt! Too often, as we age, we pretty much shrug off any excess pounds but take a look around and consider how many of us are jeopardizing our health by the transporting of excessweight? How many folks reflect joints that hurt with a limp and how much better they might doif those joints were not being subjected to significant excess weight?Body Mass Index (BMI) is a widely accepted parameter that is used to assess one’s body weightbased on size…simple and straight forward.If you want to calculate your BMI, here’s the formula:Multiply your weight in pounds by 703 and then divide that by your height in inchessquared.Here’s how it looks as a math formula:703 X W (lbs.)/H
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(Height in inches squared)The result of this calculation is rounded to the nearest tenth.Here’s an example:If you weigh 190 pounds and your height is 5’ 10” (70 inches):(703 X 190)/(70 X 70) = 133,570/4,900 = 27.3 BMIIf you don’t want to mess around with formulas, go to the National Institute of Health web sitefor calculating BMI and simply enter your height and weight. You will find that calculator at:http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/ So, what will you learn by calculating your BMI? Here’s how the National Institute of Healthand others rank BMI results:Underweight – Less than 18.5

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