This page has a weight loss percentage calculator just a little further down. <-Click to skip over the background info about how to lose weight, and go directly to it. The amazing weight loss percentage calculator, designed by Dr.Halls and Moose can help you track your weight loss progress and achieve YOUR weight-loss goals.
How much weight a week should I be losing?
The American Heart Association advises that no more than 1 to 2 pounds (0.45 to 0.9 Kg) of weight should be lost in a week. Losing more than this may increase your risk of metabolic disorders such as diabetes and glucose intolerance leading to an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. Rapid weight loss can promote unhealthy eating patterns as well as leaving you feeling fatigued due to an inadequate daily caloric intake. In addition, losing weight too rapidly increases your risk of gaining back unwanted weight even faster. One medical study investigated weight gain after dieting and suggests that around 95 % of dieters who lose weight, regain it all again (and sometimes more) within one to five years.
Why is the weight loss percentage calculator so useful for weight loss?
Research conducted by Rena Wing suggests that keeping track of your weight is a successful technique towards shedding those unwanted pounds. The key to weight loss tracking, however, is to use the information revealed to quickly make adjustments to any fluctuations in weight or body size. Weighing yourself, although useful in monitoring progress, does not always show the whole picture. If you have incorporated some weight lifting or strength training into your weight loss efforts, than the amount of muscle and tone of your body may be just as important, if not more so, than the figures on the weighing scales. Resistance or strength training has been shown in several scientific studies to increase your basal metabolic rate and aid fat loss from the body.
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How do I calculate percentage weight loss?
The formula for the weight loss percentage calculator is very simple, even for those of us who are mathematically challenged. If you want to work out your percentage weight loss manually here are the sums.
Percentage weight loss is calculated by taking away (in pounds) your present weight from your starting weight. Next, multiply the result by 100. Now divide this figure by the starting weight and you have your percentage. For instance, if your starting body weight was 200 pounds and your present weight is 180 pounds, subtract 180 from 200. This gives you the total amount of pounds lost, which in this case is 20 pounds. Multiply by 100 which is 2000. Next divide this figure by the starting weight, 2000 divided by 200 which is 10 and that is your answer, in this example, 10% of body weight has been lost.
Find out YOUR weight loss percentage HERE!
Simply add your start weight and current weight in pounds into the boxes below. If you prefer to use kilos, then click on the black down arrow to the right of ‘lbs‘. After you have added your information, click on the CALCULATE button and the percentage weight loss result will show up in the box saying, Result Below.
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Add your Percentage Weight Loss to your Food Journal
If you want to successfully lose weight, keeping a food diarycan hugely boost your efforts. A 2008 study of obese women suggests that keeping an accurate food diary can double your weight loss. In the food journal you should log every mouthful that you eat or drink during the day to monitor your caloric intake. In addition, it can be helpful to note your emotional state at the time of eating to help you identify bad eating habits and patterns. To spur you on and keep track of your progress you could add a column to fill in each week for your weight and percentage weight loss. Studies have also shown that goal setting for weight loss can be very useful, so don’t forget to state yours in your diary, for example, ‘lose 10% of your weight in two months.’
If you tend to be overweight or obese, even a small reduction in weight can be very constructive. According to the Centers for Disease Control, just a 5 % to 10 % reduction in weight can have a definite result on your health. So do not give up if you are making slow progress. Other health benefits to even a small reduction in weight include lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose levels.
The Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculators , will give you information about your weight and height. It can also be used to indicate if you are overweight, obese, underweight, or normal. Having a good idea of your body mass index (bmi) and your percentage weight loss can help with your personal weight-loss program. Another interesting statistic to look at is the waist-to-height ratio.
What about for the seriously Obese?
Sometimes, for the morbid obese, diet and exercise alone are not necessarily going to be effective. Obesity is classed as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 30. A 2015 cohort study from the UK that examined digital records over a 10 year period of 278,982 obese men and women had some very interesting results:-
The bad news seems to be that once a person becomes obese the chances of them returning to a normal weight are quite low.
- For an obese man (BMI over 30) the chance of returning to a healthy weight is 1 in 210
- For an obese woman (BMI over 30) the chance of returning to a healthy weight is 1 in 124
However, the more weight gained the lower the chances of ever returning to, or maintaining a normal weight long term.
- For a morbidly obese man (BMI over 40) the chance of returning to a healthy weight is 1 in 1,290
- For a morbidly obese woman (BMI over 40) the chance of returning to a healthy weight is 1 in 677 chance.
Losing just 5 % of the body weight however, did have health benefits and was a lot more achievable with a
- 1 in 12 chance for men
- and a 10% success rate for women.
Questions and Answers
I want to lose weight but have no idea what my ideal weight should be. How do I find out how much I have to lose?
As mentioned above, the Body Mass Index (BMI) is a well known tool that divides your weight in kgs by the square of your height in metres. The BMI is useful to find out if you are a healthy weight for your height.
Ideally your BMI should be between 18.5 and 24.9. If your BMI is above this the following classifications apply:-
- 25 – 29.9 is overweight
- 30 – 39.9 is obese
- 40 + is very obese
- < 18.5 is considered underweight
Another handy way of finding out what your ideal weight should be is to use Dr. Halls very own Ideal Weight Calculator that shows you other people’s ideal weight who are the same age, height, weight and gender as you.
How many calories should I be eating a day?
I have lost weight many times in the past and regained it again. I am now looking for a long-term weight loss plan. Do you have any advice?
To lose pounds and keep them off you need a combination of a healthy eating plan and a fitness plan. The key to long-term weight loss is slow and steady. Research has shown that fast weight loss is not maintained in the long term.
Monitoring your daily caloric intake together with keeping a track of your weight loss can be useful tools towards a lean body. As mentioned above, to track weight loss firstly establish your ideal weight and then make use of the weight loss percentage calculator and a body fat percentage calculator. Make sure that you set realistic and achievable weight loss goals in the first place.
Other methods that have been scientifically proven to REALLY help with achieving long-term weight loss are joining support groups such as Weight Watchers or the biggest loser club.
Other Calculators and charts from halls.md
- Body Mass Index Calculator
- Body Mass Index (BMI) and Body Weight Comparison Calculator
- Ideal Weight Calculator
- Average weight for women Chart
- Average weight for men Chart
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