How to Lower Your BMI

You can lower BMI through a combination of diet and exericse
You can lower BMI through a combination of diet and exericse

If your BMI reading is above 25, you may be advised by your GP to take steps to reduce your body fat if this is the reason for your high BMI.

Lowering your BMI can be achieved through a combination of diet and exercise, but it is important to know the right things to lose body fat successfully.

Diet

The majority of weight loss results for many people will be attributed to your diet, and cooking for yourself more will help you gauge exactly what you are eating.

By taking control of your food intake during home preparation, you can pay close attention to portion sizes and avoid overestimating how much food you need. Dedicating half your plate to vegetables is a simple but effective strategy for portion control.

By preparing your meals from scratch, you can learn to cook healthy, fulfilling foods with beneficial nutrients that keep you fuller for longer. You will also have the option to replace certain ingredients from recipes that can be modified to improve nutrition.

Restaurants and fast food establishments are known to include hidden fat, and you cannot be sure what you are consuming.

This is why limiting how often you eat out will also assist in your weight loss.

When tailoring your diet, make sure you take into account the effects of alcohol as alcohol contains more calories per gram than protein or carbohydrate.

Exercise

When exercising to reduce your BMI, be aware that anaerobic exercise may not initially lead to a drop in your weight and BMI as it can stimulates muscle growth.

Don’t let that put you off, however, as anaerobic exercise, such as weightlifting, is still very positive for health.

Aerobic exercise will help you reduce your BMI at a quicker rate as it is designed to assist with losing fat, while you should only develop a small amount of muscles.

Being persistent with either (or both) aerobic exercise - such as swimming, running and cycling - and anaerobic exercise, should see your weight drop so long as you ensure your diet is not holding you back.

Taking a 15-minute walk following lunch is a way of breaking in exercise and will also help with improving after-meal blood sugar levels. However, take steps to avoid injury by ensuring you warm up your muscles before exercise and don’t push yourself too hard, too early.

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