How many calories to lose weight? If you want to lose weight aim to eat 500 calories less than your daily caloric needs (which you can work out using our calculator) – or burn off more calories through exercise. Ideally, combine the two. If you reduce your calories by 500 every day – perhaps by eating 250 calories less and burning 250 calories more – you will lose about 1/2 kilo each week.
Medical research recommends a body mass index between 20 and 25 for optimum health. The World Health Organisation classifies a BMI of 25 to 30 as overweight and over 30 as obese.
BMI is a rough guide only. It can’t distinguish whether weight’s fat or muscle so it doesn’t take body type into account. If you’d like a more comprehensive body composition analysis contact your local Lifestyle Health & Fitness Club.
A waist to hip ratio of more than 0.95 for men and 0.85 for women may mean you’re more likely to get heart disease and should be extra careful with your diet and lifestyle.It’s all related to the distribution of fat in the body. ‘Apple’ shaped people tend to store fat around their abdomen and are more likely to have health-related risks than people who are ‘pear’ shaped.