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How to Calculate and Use the Body Adiposity Index (BAI)

The Body Adiposity Index (BAI) is a measure designed to estimate a person’s percentage of body fat. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other popular and widely used methods for monitoring body composition like the body mass index (BMI), waist-to-hip and waist-to-height ratios. However, none of these techniques, including the body adiposity index, offer precise measures of body fat and body composition, but they are often used for basic testing because they […]

Metabolism and Its Role in Weight Regulation

In simple terms, metabolism is the body’s own chemical process of using food for energy and growth. It includes two major processes: catabolism and anabolism. Catabolism is the process in which foods and stored fat are broken down into simpler compounds like glucose, glycerol or fatty acids, which may readily release or store energy. Anabolism is the process which uses simple substances such as glucose, glycerol or fatty acids and builds them up into more […]

Potential Causes of Excessive Weight Gain

Weight gain is a result of imbalance between energy intake (calories) and the energy a person expends through metabolism and physical activity. Excess calories are then stored in the fat cells also called adipose cells. An individual’s total fat stores reflect both the number and size of fat cells in the body. The number of fat cells increases fastest during late childhood and early puberty. However, when the person consumes more energy than is expended, […]

Measuring Obesity and Body Fat: Body Mass Index (BMI)

Body mass index (BMI) is the standard measure most often used to determine if a person is overweight or obese. It replaced the previous standard of height and weight tables. Generally, the BMI index is used to estimate the amount of body fat and to define classes of excess body weight and obesity. You can calculate your own BMI by simply dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared and then multiplying […]

Fiber: A Key To Losing Weight a Healthy Way

Fiber is an indigestible part of plant-derived foods that is filling but does not give us any calories. Hence, it sounds quite obvious that fiber is good for weight loss, right? But how much fiber do we actually need? Most common recommendation you will find is for 38 grams of fiber daily for men and 25 grams for women, which is about 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed. There are two types of […]

Potentially Dangerous Weight-Loss Diets

Choosing a diet plan depends on a number of individual needs, personal goals and how much time, effort and money a person is willing to put in. There is no one best way to lose weight as we are all individuals and we can do it different ways. Keep in mind that in the diet industry, anything goes. There are lots of weight-loss scams, ranging from homeopathic drops to sliming creams, while there are not […]

Lose Weight with Hypnosis

Close to three quarters of men, women and children in the US are considered overweight. This is in a country where almost every town has a fitness center and where television shows and television channels specifically devoted to health and fitness enjoy tremendous popularity. With the dieting industry still growing and billions of dollars being spent annually on dieting products, books, videos and aesthetic surgery, it is now time to open up to the possibility […]

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