Ever wonder what you'll see as you lose weight? Watch Dr. Pace's amazing transformation as he loses 40 pounds right before your eyes!
Dr. Pace in his "new" shirt, purchased just weeks before beginning his weight loss plan
Statistics show that 70% of Americans are overweight and want to lose weight now. If you want to lose weight and you think you've tried everything - think again.
Dr. Pace was one of those people. Since the 1970's he'd tried nearly every weight loss plan on the market. Starting with the Cambridge Diet in the late 70's, moving on to Atkins, then he went sugar free, then fat free, then Slim Fast, then Sugar Busters, then Weight Watchers. And on most of those plans he lost weight, but because of the sacrifices that each plan required he couldn't sustain them long enough to lose the weight he wanted.
That was then, this is now. Now Dr. Pace has found a weight loss plan that allowed him to lose all the weight he wanted (40 pounds in just 5 months) without sacrificing the foods he loved - especially pasta and pizza.
There are many different reasons you should lose weight if you're overweight. First and foremost is your health. If you're overweight you're more likely to get sick. You're more likely to get diabetes, heart disease, have a stroke, and even get certain kinds of cancer.
How do you know if your weight is raising your health risks? There are 3 ways to tell. One is your Body Mass Index, which is a calculation of your height and weight. If your BMI is above 25 you're at risk. You can calculate your BMI by this formula: Your weight (in pounds) X 703 divided by your height (in inches) divided by your height again. For example, before Dr. Pace lost weight he weighed 230 pounds and his height is 6'2". To calculate his BMI before multiply 230 X 703 divided by 74 (inches) divided by 74 again to get his BMI of 29.5. After losing 40 pounds his BMI is 24.39.
BMI is broken down into health categories. If your BMI is 18.5 or lower you are considered underweight. If your BMI is 18.5-24.9 your weight is considered normal. If your BMI is 25-29.9 you are considered overweight. If your BMI is 30-39.9 you're obese and if it's over 40 you're extremely or morbidly obese.
To make it as simple as possible, to be in the lowest health risk category your BMI needs to be below 24.9. If yours is above 25 you need to lose weight.
The second way to determine your risk for weight related disease is your waist size. If you're a man and your waist is bigger than 40 inches or a woman with a waist size bigger than 35 inches you're in the high risk category. Measure your waist size around your largest belly area.
The best way to know if you're at risk is to have your body fat analyzed. Body fat is broken down into 3 parts; essential, reserve and excess. Contrary to what the fat free marketers would have you believe, you need to have fat in your diet in order for your body to function normally. That's your essential fat. Your body also holds fat in reserve for those times that you're not getting enough fat in your diet. Everything else is excess fat. (See the chart below for body fat levels).
There are several ways to analyze your body fat, the most effective is a boyancy evaluation - but terribly impracticle. Our office uses near infrared analysis to determine your body fat, lean muscle, and water content. Other than boyancy, no method of body analyzing has been shown to be more accurate. The infrared test is absolutely painless and testing only takes a few minutes. Body fat analysis is part of our office's comprehensive weight loss evaluation.
Before losing 40 pounds Dr. Pace's BMI was just under the level considered to be obese. It's now well within the normal and healthy range. Before losing 40 pounds his waist was 49 inches, now it's 36. Before losing 40 pounds his body fat was 40 pounds excess fat. His body fat analysis after losing 40 pounds is essential fat: 10 pounds, reserve fat: 15 pounds, excess fat: zero. And his total body fat is 19%, again, well within the healthy range for a 53 year old man.
If you're serious about losing weight give us a call at (504) 837-9300 to schedule your comprehensive weight loss evaluation and consultation.