Think You’re at a Healthy Weight? Think Again!

Uncle Sam’s Big Lie
About the Size of Your Jeans

Obese man Our government imposes one-size fits all solutions because they can’t micromanage 300 million different people at the same time. That’s one of the reasons for the greatly hyped food pyramid… one of the reasons government agencies come out with cholesterol ranges that are meaningless for most of the population… and one of the reasons why all school children must eat the same government-mandated lunch designed by Michelle Obama.

They’ve also lied to you about whether or not you’re overweight. This lie comes to you in the form of the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is recommended by the CDC and other government health organizations to determine whether or not you are at a healthy weight. It uses your weight in relation to your height to determine your basic fitness and to give you an idea of your risk for devastating diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

This measurement is most likely giving you a false sense of security about your weight and how it’s affecting your health. The BMI puts focus on your weight instead your body composition, which is really more important… much more important. You see, whether or not you’re overweight or obese has very little to do with your actual weight. It has to do with your percentage of body fat.

Here’s What to Pay Attention to
When It Comes to Your Optimal Weight

Statistically, BMI measurements estimate that 20 to 30 percent of people in the U.S. are obese. That’s a high number. But, by using a different measure that more accurately measures body composition – scientists have found the number of obese people in the nation is probably closer to 64 percent! That’s a huge number of people who are living in ignorance of a big threat to their health… one they could change for the better if they just had access to the right information.

Another problem with BMI is that in addition to ignoring body composition, it also ignores fat placement. People with an even distribution of body fat are generally at a lower risk for disease, even if they weigh more, than people with high levels of belly fat.In short, because of this one-size-fits-all measure, you may be given a clean bill of health when in fact you’re at a high risk for the biggest killers in the nation – heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Two Easy Ways
to Get an Honest Answer
About Your Fitness Levels
and Risk of Disease

Now, we’re not going to suggest you search out a center that conducts dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry – the official name of the test we just mentioned. There’s a much simpler and cheaper way for you to determine if your body composition is putting your health at risk.

Actually, we have two simple ways you can get an accurate idea whether or not you are truly at a healthy level of fitness. The first is the more accurate of the two: a skinfold test. This test uses calipers to gently pinch a skinfold in several places on your body to measure your percentage of body fat. Most gyms have a physical trainer that can do this test for you, or if you like, you can ask your doctor to do it.

Here’s What to Shoot For

For top fitness and health, you want to see your body fat fall between 14 and 17 percent if you’re a man and between 21 and 24 percent if you’re a woman.

If you don’t have access to a skinfold test, a simple measure of your waist can tell you if you need to be working on your fitness levels.

Men, if you’re waistline is more than 37 inches around, you’re likely overweight. More than 40 is definitely a problem.

Women, your fitness target is a waistline that is less than 31.5 inches. If you find that your body fat or waistline measurements are high, then you are at higher risk of a variety of health problems, most notably heart disease, but also Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer and more.

Equipped with this valuable information about your own health, you can begin taking action to increase your fitness levels and dramatically cut your risk of disease.