Getting started

If your favorite jeans feel a bit too close-fitting for comfort, or you've found yourself moving up a clothes size or two, the answer to the question about whether you need to lose weight might be obvious.

But how can you tell whether your weight gain could actually be harmful to your health? Health problems arise from carrying too much fat - especially if you have fat stored in the wrong places, such as excessive fat in the abdomen or muscles. So just looking in the mirror or standing on the scales may not immediately tell you the answer.

Start by working out your Body Mass Index (BMI)

This is the most common way of measuring whether or not someone is overweight.

BMI is calculated as your weight (in pounds) divided by your height (in inches) squared.

Add your details on the right to work out your BMI.

The healthiest BMI is actually around 20-22. A BMI higher than this can start to increase your risk of cancer and other diseases. The higher your BMI the greater your risk.

Your BMI is only part of the story - two people can be the same height and weight, but carry vastly different amounts of body fat.

Measuring your body fat will give you the best indication of how overweight you are.

To measure your body fat use Body Fat Percentage Calculator page 314 of The 2-Day Diet book Appendix A.

Monitor my progress

Download this Progress Chart in order to monitor your weight loss as you progress on the diet.


Chris, 63