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Ideal Weight
There are several factors to consider when determining your ideal body weight. This includes your body mass index, your waist circumference, and any risk factors for diseases associated with obesity. Weight loss is typically recommended for people who are obese (BMI greater than or equal to 30) or those who are overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9) and have two or more risk factors.
What Is My Ideal Weight?
Many people wonder what their ideal weight should be. When asking a healthcare provider this question, they will often turn to a person's body mass index.

Body mass index (or BMI) is a tool that can be used to indirectly measure the amount of body fat in an individual. Because the BMI calculation requires only two pieces of information -- height and weight -- it is an inexpensive and easy screening method for various weight categories that may lead to health problems.

BMI is not affected by gender or body frame, unlike other weight measurement tools (the Metropolitan Life Insurance Tables, for example).

Ideal Body Weight for Adults and Children
Although the BMI formula for adults and children is the same, the way that the results are interpreted differs. Therefore, what is considered an ideal weight also differs.

An ideal body weight for adults is when their BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. A person with a BMI over 24.9 is considered overweight, and a person with a BMI under 18.5 is considered underweight.

For children, an ideal body weight is when the BMI is between the 5th and 85th percentiles.

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Can Someone With a High BMI Still Be Considered Healthy?
The BMI score is valid for both men and women, but it does have some limitations. When BMI is used to calculate body fat:

It may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build (see BMI for Athletes)
It may underestimate body fat in older people and others who have lost muscle mass.

Therefore, it is possible for a person to be completely healthy but have an "unhealthy BMI." This is why healthcare providers consider other factors, including direct body fat measurements, when assessing the health risk for certain medical conditions.

Other Factors Besides Weight
BMI is just one way to assess a person's ideal weight for health. To determine if excess weight is a health risk, a healthcare provider will perform further assessments. According to the recent guidelines, assessment of weight involves using three key measures:

Waist circumference
Risk factors for diseases and conditions associated with obesity.

As mentioned, body mass index can be used to indirectly calculate the amount of body fat in an individual, but it does have its limitations.

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Lose Weight Without Feeling Constantly Hungry
(NaturalNews) There are so many different fad diets and different opinions on how to lose weight. Most people experience constant hunger when they go on a diet. Here are some of the best ways to lose weight without going hungry.

1. Stop Focusing solely on Calories

While there is much wisdom in the calorie principle, you can get caught up in calorie counting. Many people who count calories stop eating when their calories are up, resulting in hunger. Feeling hungry is never healthy, and causes people to overeat in the long run. This approach also clumps all calories into one box. Some calories are better for you than others. For example, some fats that are high in calories are actually good for weight loss. The healthier path towards weight loss is to focus on what you are eating.

2. Eat High Protein Foods

Research shows that protein satisfies the appetite more than carbohydrates or fat. Foods rich in protein include fish, eggs, lentils, beans, nuts and seeds.

3. Stick to eating Low Glycaemic Index (GI) Foods

The GI level shows how much sugar is released into the blood stream from a certain food. It also measures how quickly the release is. High GI foods are less satiating than food that releases less sugar more slowly. Low GI foods are protein dense foods, vegetables, and many fruits.

4. Eat plenty of Raw Foods

Incorporating as many raw fruits and vegetables as possible into your diet is definitely one of the best ways to lose weight and feel great. Raw foods are still in their natural state, provided they are organic and haven't traveled across the planet to get to you. This means that you are getting the natural ingredients and benefits that can be altered or destroyed when the food is cooked.

5. Graze

People who eat little and often throughout the day, including breakfast, are more likely to lose weight without hunger than people who eat all of their food in two meals. Having healthy snacks, such as fruit or nuts, in between meals is a good way to keep from becoming hungry and overeating. Grazing in the morning and throughout the day keeps the blood sugar levels balanced, which creates energy and balanced health.

6. Keep Healthy Food in the House

Even the healthiest people can find it tempting to eat rubbish when it is in the house. Only buy food that is going to encourage weight loss. Keep plenty of healthy food in the house and make sure to do your food shopping on a full stomach so that you aren't tempted by junk.

7. Curb alcohol intake without sacrifice

Many people find that they lose weight when they give up or cut down on alcohol. Make sure that you drink plenty of water to keep from overindulging in alcohol because of thirst.

8. Chew your food

Eating slowly and chewing thoroughly ensures that the body knows that food is inside and does not overeat.

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Sheryl is a kinesiologist, nutritionist and holistic practitioner. 
Her website provides the latest research on preventing disease, looking naturally gorgeous, and feeling emotionally and physically fabulous. You can also find some of the most powerful super foods on the planet including raw chocolate, purple corn, and many others. 

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