Even after making lifestyle changes, weight loss is a life-long journey. Weight loss calculators like the ones below are essential to help you craft and maintain a weight-loss strategy that will enable you to lose weight, keep it off, and live a healthy life*.
The Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator is a body fat calculator that helps you understand whether the lifestyle changes you have made are accomplishing your weight loss goals. If your BMI is over 30 (or over 25 with diabetes, kidney disease, or coronary artery disease, etc.), then a therapeutic lifestyle change program may be a good fit for you. If you score under a 30 (without chronic conditions), then a preventive lifestyle change program with enhanced nutrition and an exercise regime may be adequate for your goals and needs. The differences between the therapeutic lifestyle changes and preventive changes and which program is best for you will be discussed at the time of your initial lifestyle medicine consultation.
What does the BMI Calculator Measure?
The BMI Calculator measures your Body Mass Index, or the measure of your body fat based on your height and weight.
The Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) calculator measures the amount of energy that your body burns while in a resting state. This includes things like maintaining cell growth and body temperature, breathing, and blood circulation: all the things necessary for your body to stay alive.
Why is the BMR Calculator Important?
What BMR essentially measures is how many calories you will need to consume at a bare minimum in order to keep your body functioning effectively. This will inform your diet plan, because while it’s important to reduce calories to lose weight, you don’t want to consume fewer calories than your body needs to function.
Heart Rate Calculator
The Heart Rate calculator is a crucial weight loss calculator to monitor your exercise patterns. At the time of your lifestyle medicine consultation, our exercise specialist or physician will recommend you engage in graded exercise, gradually moving up to moderate exercise, guided, of course, by your current habits and history of exercise. This may begin with simple stair-climbing or a walk around the neighborhood, and build up to activities like brisk walking, swimming, light jogging, cycling, or use of fitness equipment.
During any physical activity, you should be actively monitoring your heart rate. It is important to push yourself to the point of exertion, but without feeling faint or like your heart is pounding in your throat. The key is consistent, healthy exercise.
What Should My Heart Rate Be?
The heart rate calculator can help you calculate what your ideal heart rate should be while you’re exercising. It will give you a range, and the range will vary based on how intense you want your workout to be. Ideally, you’ll want a heart rate of 220 (-) your age, (x) between 65% and 85%; 65% for lower-exertion workouts, 85% for higher-activity exercise.
These weight loss calculators are powerful tools to help you lose weight and improve your quality of life*.