Weight loss can be measured and tracked in a number of different ways. For example you could look at the number of pounds or inches that you lost, percentage lost, your body composition and several others. Weight loss calculators can offer a helpful way to monitor your progress compared to your goals in a very simple way.
Popular television shows like "The Biggest Loser" have popularized competitive group weight strategies. The winners and losers are often determined by the percentage of weight loss opposed to the number of pounds. Why you ask? Mainly because generally the heavier that you are the greater the number of calories that you are likely to burn while exercising. Therefore the more that you weight the easier it is to lose weight rapidly when compared to thinner persons. Utilizing a percentage calculator opposed to some other techniques creates a fair playing field to gauge gains or losses for everyone regardless of their weight.
How to Calculate Weight Loss Percentage
Calculating your percentage is quite simple to do. The first step is to divide the number of pounds that you lost to this point by the weight of which you started your plan with. The next step requires you to multiply the answer from the first step by 100. For example, if you lost 20 pounds and you starting weight of 250 pound your percentage of loss calculation would look like this (20/250 x 100=8% weight loss).
Because obesity and being overweight are such enormous topics and there is such an interest by many people in it, you can enjoy the benefit of having options. Although I strongly encourage you to invest in calculating your own weight loss percentage there are several other systems that are available and that you can try.
The body mass index or (BMI) calculates your score based on your height and weight and compares it to a standard or average figure. Body fat analyzers do exactly what the title suggests-analyze body fat. Although able to produce some valuable information, these tools can sometimes be inaccurate and are quite expensive. The tape test was developed by the U.S. Army and is a far more accurate and cheaper system compared to body fat analyzers. With an non-elastic band, you measure around your waist, writs, hips, and forearms and enter your data into a computer generated calculator which computes your average.
Dieting and Exercising
Regardless of your goals it can and should be done in a healthy manner. With the common objective of most to lose as much weight as quickly as possible, the prospect of quick fix plans are quite intriguing. However, these methods are only short-term solutions and in many ways unhealthy. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), one pound per week should be the maximum amount of weight that you lose. Anything more than that puts you at risk to create a harmful imbalance to your metabolism and will leave you feeling an irregular amount of fatigue due to the lack of calories from eating.
One of the most overlooked yet important things to consider when losing weight is your approach and thought process. Focusing your efforts on creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is far more important than concentrating on shedding pounds. A solid exercise plan and healthy diet that is catered to your specific needs is the answer. Aside from those two aspects, maintaining a record of your workouts and loss percentages in a daily notebook will help. Documentation will ensure personal accountability and help to motivate you to reach your goals.