Weight loss & BMI

What is overweight?

You become overweight if, for a period of time, you consume more calories than your body burns, which it then stored as fat. This does not mean that all overweight people eat without restraint.

Overweight usually comes slowly over a period of years, often due to a small imbalance in the relationship between intake and burning of calories. The propensity to have a calorie imbalance is largely hereditary – or, in other words, genetically determined. This leads to overweight when you live in a society like ours, where the common foods do not provide a feeling of fullness and the need for physical activity in daily life is minimal.

You cannot always do something to change a propensity for being hereditarily overweight. But you can always do something about it when you are overweight.

Many people wonder whether they are overweight. You can easily determine this by using your height and weight or waist measurement.

Body Mass Index – BMI

International obesity research mainly uses the so-called BMI for assessing overweight. BMI is calculated by using the following formula:

A BMI between 18.5 and 25 is considered the healthiest. A BMI between 25 and 30 is considered moderately overweight, and a BMI over 30 is considered obese. The BMI values apply for all adults and provide an indication of the degree of obesity. But BMI does not typically indicate anything about how much of the weight is fat and how much is muscle. Since muscle weighs more than fat, a person with a large muscle mass will have a relatively high BMI without being overweight. This is especially seen in men who work out a lot. Thus, the BMI index should be taken with a grain of salt.


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Waist measurement

A relatively simple way to measure whether you are overweight is your waist measurement. Waist measurement is a better method than both weight and BMI. Apart from those who are pregnant, a high waist measurement is not due to high muscle mass, but is rather a direct measure of the amount of fat in the body. The disadvantage of this method, however, is that some people tend to deposit fat other places than around the waist.

Because of the many individual differences, you should not focus too heavily on these different measurements. It is important to listen to your common sense and look honestly at your naked body in the mirror once in a while.

Women Men Risk of complications
< 80  < 94 Low risk
80-88 cm  94-102 cm Moderately elevated
 > 88 > 102 High risk

How you lose weight

General information about weight loss

You can lose weight in many ways. But common to them all is that you must consume fewer calories than you burn. Some methods are more effective than others. But there are also major differences in how healthy the methods are. Therefore, you must examine a new type of diet carefully before starting. And, for the sake of honesty: There is no easy shortcut with pills, pendulums or anything else where you can eat what you normally do while losing weight.

Losing weight and maintaining weight loss requires a conscious and determined effort. Regardless of how you choose to lose weight, it is a good idea to seek the support and help of others. Sustained weight loss requires that you change a number of factors in your lifestyle. This can be difficult if you do not have the necessary support from those around you, or somebody you can talk to about your ideas and issues related to the weight loss process.

Dieting – one way or another

It is vital that you choose a method that suits you and your temperament. And it is equally important that you choose a method that is healthy. Two of the most recognised and best-proven methods for weight loss are normal diets and powdered diets.

Of course, we recommend that you try out the Nupo Diet for weight loss. The diet is easy to follow and ensures that you get all of the nutrients you need, so that you can lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way. You can read more about the Nupo Diet under "About Nupo Diet & One Meal" --> "What is Nupo Diet?" and view our products in the webshop.