At Prime Performance in Totowa, New Jersey, we work with people who want to be healthier and achieve their fitness goals. Some people want to build muscles, while others want to lose weight. While there are many different goals, there are also different levels within those goals. For instance, we have athletes that want to improve their already muscular physic and people who have never lifted anything heavier than a remote, both have a goal of building muscles, but are at different levels. Many people want to lose weight. Some may be barely overweight, just wanting to shed five or ten pounds, while others are obese and not only want to shed weight, but need to lose it to be healthy.
Obesity is a way of indicating the accumulation of 20% or more body fat than they should have. The way that is determined is often by the person’s BMI—body mass index. BMI uses height to weight ratio and then translates that to a number. If it’s 30 or higher, it enters the classification of obese. Waistline measurements can indicate abdominal obesity. Measurements of 35-inches or more in women and 40-inches or more in men indicates abdominal obesity.
Since muscle tissue weighs more than fat tissue does, an extremely muscular person can get a BMI number that correlates to overweight or obesity, when in reality, they have very little body fat, but a whole lot of muscle. The reverse can be true as well. A person that’s very out of shape with almost no muscle may have lots of fat, but their BMI indicates they don’t have a weight problem. Waist size and comparing waist-to-height ratio not only can help define obesity better, but also identify people more at risk for serious repercussions from their weight. People with excess belly fat are far more at risk than those with excess fat in the hip area.
Not only is obesity dangerous to your health, it’s self-perpetuating. It can change your metabolism and make it even harder to lose weight. Obesity increases inflammation and puts you at risk for other serious conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Obesity can increase the risk of complications of pregnancy and restrict airways when sleeping causing sleep apnea.
For more information, contact us today at Prime Performance