So you think you know everything you need to know about weight loss, don’t you? You think you need to lose weight, burn more fat or have a higher metabolism.
Well let me tell you, you may be surprised that weight loss may actually have nothing to do with losing weight after all.
It has to do with much more than that and so this article tackles the topic of obesity and the impact of being overweight on your health.
Let’s get into it.
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What is The Definition of Obesity
The definition of obesity is referred to as the measurement of your body mass index (BMI) and its calculated by dividing your height by your weight. A BMI number over 30 is considered obese. I believe the BMI has a problem because one can have a high BMI and be in great shape and have no risk of premature mortality or health problems. Actually, one can have a low BMI and be at risk of a lot of health problems.
It’s an easy tool for you when you’re looking at millions of people because you can use it as a measurement and make associations across populations tied to health. For example, a higher BMI is associated with a higher risk of prostate cancer. It’s easy to use as a calculation but when it comes to a patient visiting you in your clinic or you are the patient, it is a very poor tool to use.
A better tool to use In a clinical setting is the waist to hip ratio. If you’re interested in doing this, you can buy a measuring tape on Amazon and what you want to do is measure right around the belly button area and then measure your hips right above the base of your penis. The appropriate ratio is about .9 or less.
What this means is that if your waist size around your belly button is 34, your hips size should be about 35 to 36 inches. You want your hips to be bigger than you.
The 3 Body Types: Ectomorph, Mesomorph, & Endomorph
Each and every single one of us is categorized underneath 3 different body types; ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph.
An ectomorph body type is a guy who eats whatever he wants and stays the same weight.
An endomorph is a guy that’s a big guy that has always been big and more than likely will never be skinny
Mesomorph body types are right in the middle. They are not fat and not skinny. They are right in the middle. They tend to have broad shoulders and broad chests.
The most effective way for you to know what your body type is by taking your thumb and wrapping it around your wrist. If your thumb and middle finger do not touch, you’re more likely to be an endomorph. If your fingers just touch or somewhat squeeze together, then you are a mesomorph. And if your fingers overlap, well then you are an ectomorph.
And while body types are important, I want to remind you that the waist to hip ratio is the most effective measurement of body mass and a better predictor of longevity and its association with certain diseases like prostate cancer.
Do You Really Need to Lose Weight?
There was a study published in the journal of Science Advances that found no matter how much you train, work out, you really cannot burn more than 3000 to 4000 calories a day. Anything beyond that, your body begins to break down tissue to make up the deficit.
What does this matter? Well, first, if you have ever heard the line that you cannot outrun or out-exercise a bad diet, it’s true. No matter how long you are on that treadmill, cardio machine or running marathons, your ability to burn calories is limited.
Now I’m not saying you should just give up working out because your calorie limit is fixed. What I am saying is that this is not the only way to weight loss. In fact, weight loss shouldn’t be what you’re after anyway. It’s reducing your circumference around your belly using the waist to hip measurement I shared earlier. The reason being is though I have not seen evidence of this yet, there is a general consensus that your belly size is correlated to the amount of visceral fat you have around your organs and that is not a good sign.
The two types of fat are subcutaneous fat and that is the fat underneath your skin. Then there is the visceral fat around your organs that is considered dangerous to your overall health. Focus on removing visceral fat by reducing your belly size. Focus on diet and lifestyle. Get quality sleep. Lose some waist size and you’ll improve not just your aesthetic appearance but improve your longevity in living more optimal.
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Check out the full episode where I dive more into weight and its impact on your urological conditions
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