How to Calculate your Calorie Needs

You can estimate how many calories you need per day based on your age, height, gender and activity level using the Harris Benedict equation.   Your calorie needs are the amount of calories you require to maintain your current weight. If you want to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week,  you need to subtract 500 -1000 calories from your estimated total daily calories. You can calculate your daily...
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Free Apps to Track Your Weight & Fitness Goals

Whether you’re the electronic or the paper-and-pen type, keeping a food and exercise diary is a great way to help you lose inches and get in shape.  Studies show that people who track their food and exercise habits, lose more weight and exercise more, than those who don’t log their progress. To help you get started with your health goals, here are some free Apps that can help you record...
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What’s Your Waist Size?

The scale and your BMI only tell part of the story, where you carry your weight is even more critical.  You may have heard about the “Apple” or “Pear” shape.  “Apple” shapes carry their extra weight around the abdomen and “pear” shapes carry it around the hips and thighs.  “Apple” shapes have the disadvantage here. Extra weight around...
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What’s Your BMI?

BMI is your Body Mass Index which is calculated using your height and weight.  Your BMI is one method to determine your body fat level and is an indicator of disease risk. There are limitations to the BMI. In athletes, or those with a muscular build, the BMI can overestimate body fat levels.  For example football players may have high BMI’s but their weight is mainly lean muscle mass not...
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