How to live a Healthy lifestyle – Important Health Questions that could save your life.

What does BMI (Body Mass Index) mean?

BMI or known as Body Mass Index is a relationship between your weight and your height which can help to give an indication of your health risk and your body fat. It is not completely accurate as only your weight and height is used in the calculation and people that are short and have lots of muscle can be seen as overweight according to the BMI. BMI can still be used as a pretty good indicator for calculating your health risk. Understanding BMI is your first step to understanding how to live a healthy lifestyle.

BMI levels of more than 30 normally can lead to depression, diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, stroke, infertility or cancer of the prostate, colon, cervix, breast and uterus.

What does Muscle Mass mean?

Muscle mass would mean all the weight of the muscle in your body including your organs. Muscle mass will normally be decreased as we age with time. It is healthy and important to preserve muscle for a variety of reasons. The more muscle you have the more calories you will burn, which means that you can eat more without gaining that extra weight, only if you have a decent amount of muscle. (That sounds yummyJ)
Muscle also aids in supporting your bones, tendons and ligaments. Strong muscles will obviously also make day to day tasks allot easier. If you want to better understand how to live a healthy lifestyle Muscle Mass is a very important fact not to overlook.

Also note that people over the age of 40 lose about a pound of muscle a year, and there are also lots of people that are unaware that they are protein deficient.

What does Physique Rating mean?

Physique Rating is exactly what it says. It helps people to track their Physique as the follow their health and fitness program. Ever notice that you may train harder but your weight does not change? This is because your balance between body fat and muscle are changing. As muscle weighs more than fat, your weight might stay the same but you overall physique will change. You can fall into any of the categories below according to your body fat and muscle mass levels. The ratings are from 1-9. Don’t get stuck on just how much you weigh when Physique Rating is also very important to understand how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Interesting fact to note is that many people can appear healthy when in reality their body carries too much fat.

What does body fat percentage mean?

Body fat percentage is the amount of body fat as a proportion of your body weight. By reducing body fat percentage you can reduce the risk of certain conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. It is considered healthy according to The National Institute of Health for men to have their body fat between 8 and 17 percent while woman should be between 10 and 21 percent. Any level above these amounts may indicate too much body fat.

Remember when you have a percentage of 35 percent or great you are considered “Stroke Ready”. To avoid strokes keep your body fat below 35%.

What does Total Body Water Percentage mean?

Total Body Water Percentage is the total amount of fluid anyone has in their body expressed as a percentage of their total weight. Water is very important for your body to function normally and helps with many of the body’s processes. Water is also found in every cell, tissue and organ. By drinking enough water and maintaining a healthy total body water percentage will make sure the body functions at its best. Water will also reduce the risk of developing associated health problems.

If you want energy drink enough water, for every 2% dehydration the human body can suffer a 20% loss of energy.

What does BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) mean?

BMR or known as Basal Metabolic Rate is the minimum level of energy your body needs when it is at rest to function properly. This includes respiratory and liver, kidneys, Circulatory organs, neural system, and other organs.  Did you know you burn calories while sleeping? Here is another interesting fact, about 70% of all the calories anyone consume every day are used for you basal metabolism. (Standard measurement on the Tanita BC554 and BC549 Scale.)

If you have a low metabolic rate you are not eating regularly that can be critical to maintaining a healthy metabolism.

What does DCI (Daily Caloric Intake) mean?

DCI or known as Daily caloric Intake is the number of calories you are taking in every day to maintain your current weight. (Standard measurement on the TanitaBC1000 Scale.)

If you understand DCI and know what your current DCI is, you can reduce or increase your daily calories which will help you to achieve your desired weight.

How do someone calculate their protein needs?

Multiply your lean body mass (measured in pounds) by .9 if you are a Woman and 1.0 if you are a Man. Very active women spending 10 hours of vigorous activity per week or more can also multiply it by 1.0.

What does Metabolic Age Mean?

By increasing exercise levels a person will build healthier muscle tissue. Healthier muscle tissue will burn more calories consequently and that will improve the person’s metabolic age rating. This calculates your BMR and indicates the average age associated with that type of metabolism. So do you have the metabolism of a 5 year old or a 40 year old?

So what if you’re Metabolic Age are higher than you actually age? You will need to improve your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate).

What does Bone Mass mean?

Bone mass indicates the amount of bone in your body. This includes bone mineral level, calcium or other minerals. By exercising and developing stronger muscle tissue, your bones also become healthier according to researchers.

High fat, obesity, low Calcium, low Vitamin D and low folic acid can reduce bone mass according to researchers.

How to lose weight or gain weight?

If you reduce your total calorie intake with 500 calories. You will lose 1 pound in 7 days.

If you increase your total calorie intake with 500 calories. You will gain 1 pound in 7 days.

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