1. BMI or body mass index is a tool used to determine if you’re at a healthy weight. Weight in kilograms is divided by height in meters squared. BMI is a screening tool that is not perfect! But, BMI is correlated with direct measures of body fat so it is still used. The categories are as follows: underweight <18.5, normal weight 18.5-24.9, overweight 25-29.9, obesity I 30-34.9, obesity II 35-39.9, obesity III >40. You can calculate yours here. The issue is that some people fall into an overweight or obese range and are actually healthy. BMI should not be the only factor taken into consideration when determining if someone is of a healthy weight. What do you think?
2. There are many people that believe giving up certain foods or “detoxing” is the answer to their problems. This article is about someone who gave up sugar (not possible), alcohol (okay, possible), grains (just why), dairy (fine), and soy for 30 days. In the end, she says that she had never felt better and that she had more energy than ever before. Good for her. A diet filled with plant foods and lean protein is ideal, but fruit has sugar (yes, it’s natural) and grains, if whole, are filled with health benefits. So before anyone does a crazy detox or restrictive diet think about the empty calories you eat everyday and start by eliminating that.
3. This is so true! Dietitians need quick, easy dinners in a pinch sometimes too. I will definitely fess up to having an Amy’s light in sodium soup or frozen dinner, a Siggi’s yogurt parfait, or my favorite Puffins peanut butter cereal for dinner. Some leftovers from the freezer or a “whatever fruits and veggies I have” smoothie works well too! Just don’t forget about nutrition. You don’t have to spend money on fast food or eating out if you work with what you have.