Welcome to the Ultimate Weight Loss Calculator!
What your BMI means
Less than 15 = Very severely underweight
From 15.0 to 16.0 = Severely underweight
From 16.0 to 18.5 = Underweight
From 18.5 to 25 = Normal (healthy weight)
From 25 to 30 = Overweight
From 30 to 35 = Obese Class I (Moderately obese)
From 35 to 40 = Obese Class II (Severely obese)
Over 40 = Obese Class III (Very severely obese)
How fast should you lose weight?
I know it’s tempting to lose weight as fast as possible – but what’s the point, if you put it straight back on again? Losing weight gradually and healthily is the best way to ensure you maintain your goal weight when you reach it.
If you need to lose more than 50lbs in total, 2 lbs per week is a realistic, healthy and maintainable weight loss rate to aim for.
If you need to lose between 20 and 50lbs in total, 1 lb per week is a realistic, healthy and maintainable weight loss rate to aim for.
If you need to lose less than 20lbs, 0.5lb per week is a realistic, healthy and maintainable weight loss rate to aim for.
If there are any more features you’d like to see included here, please drop me a line in the comments.
A Word About Motivation
We know that if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight. So why is it so tough to stick to it?
I think it’s in part due to the society we live in, where unhealthy food is constantly available and selling it to us is big business. When delicious food is always easily accessible, it’s really difficult to know when to stop eating, and very easy to eat due to boredom, stress, habit, or just because it’s there.
Additionally, our bodies didn’t evolve to make losing weight easy. Your body is designed to store fat for fuel in case there’s a famine around the corner, and will only use those fat reserves when there isn’t sufficient food available. This is part of the reason why sticking to a diet is so difficult – you feel physical hunger, and every natural impulse tells you to go eat something, despite the fact that you may be unhealthily overweight.
Fortunately, you have a brain as well as a body, and you have the power right now to control what you eat and thereby determine what you weigh.
Losing weight isn’t actually that tough, if you’re in the right state of mind. All you have to do is eat less than you burn each day, and the weight will come off. I personally think the key is all about attitude – if you can see refusing a delicious plate of your favourite food as a positive, empowering decision, rather than a deprivation, you’re on the right track.
If you’re interested in knowing more about this approach to weight loss, I’d highly recommend this book.