It’s one of the most popular tools used in clinical practice and apparently schools are now sending letters home to parents if their child is tracking at a higher percentile (!) But is this a good tool?
For those unfamiliar with BMI, it is calculated by dividing your weight (kg) by the square of your height (m). The number given will then fall into a category - Underweight, Normal Weight, Overweight, Obese.
The limitations of this approach however are somewhat obvious, for example, we know muscle weighs more than fat, and therefore a sports person could be classified as overweight/obese according to this scale just due to their muscle/fat ratio. Also it doesn’t tell us the distributions of body fat, to assess whether it is therefore harmful to health.
The reason we started using this tool was to monitor trends in population over time, not actually as a measure of ‘health’ however it would appear that it is now being used to decide if people are he...
The beginning of the year is always a time you say 'I'll eat healthier this year' or 'I'm going on a diet, I need to lose weight'.. but how long is it before you've gone back to your old ways? And then later down the line start a new 'diet'.
I've put together 5 tips on how to keep on track..
1. Stop calling it a 'diet'. The word automatically comes with negative connotations and you've mentally already said to yourself it's something that is going to be short term. Mentally tell yourself it's going to be a 'lifestyle change' and think about the positive outcome eating well is going to have on your overall health and well-being.
2. Don't count Calories! All calories are made up differently, and they are only a measure of how much 'energy' the food contains. Therefore something may be 'less calorific' but it isn't as energy dense, and may not be as nutritious for you as other food you could have chosen with the same 'calorie number'. Our bodies also treats all calories differently, high cal...