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Helping Your Client Lower Their BMI

Body mass index, or BMI, is a commonly used measurement to determine if someone is at a healthy weight relative to their height. As a health or fitness professional, it’s likely that you often encounter clients looking to lower the BMI to a healthy range. The Centers for Disease Control suggest that a healthy BMI is 18.5–24.9, overweight is 25-29.9, and obese is over 30. There are several things to discuss with your client to help set them on the right track. Here’s where to start.

 

  • Eat fresh, wholesome foods. When talking to your client about lowering their BMI to a healthy range, instead of leading with a discussion about eating less, talk about trying to add healthy fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into their diet. By simply increasing healthy food intake, you’ll be putting your client on the right path. And by starting the discussion with adding as opposed to suggesting to remove foods, it may feel less intimidating to them.
  • Reduce processed foods. Next, discuss reducing unhealthy foods from your client’s eating habits. Remind them that most processed foods are high in calories and offer little-to-no nutrition to fuel their body and fitness success. Results and changes won’t happen overnight, and the cravings will stick around for awhile, but encourage them to pay attention and be wary of the amount of processed foods they consume.
  • Cut sugar. Sugar is a huge culprit in weight gain, and can prevent significant weight loss. Ask your client to describe their eating habits, especially when it comes to snacking. Sugar has a way of sneaking into our daily diet in the form of candy, cookies, soda, juices, and even less suspicious sources like salad dressings and other condiments. Identifying these and reducing consumption can make a substantial difference.
  • Reduce calories. By following the three food tips above, your client will likely see and feel a drastic positive difference in a short period of time. Encourage them to try the 80/20 rule, where they focus on healthy eating 80% of the time and enjoy small indulgences 20% of the time.
  • Exercise five days per week. Once you’ve tackled the discussion of eating habits, setting them up with an exercise plan is the next step. The Centers for Disease Control suggests 30 minutes, five days per week as a minimum, but up to 60 minutes, five days per week may make a bigger difference. Start their plan by easing into a routine with easier cardio and resistance, and gradually increase and adjust over time.
  • Increase movement. Aside from adding exercise to their routine, discuss their daily activity. If they sit behind a desk all day, suggest that they set an hourly timer to get up and walk down the hall, around the building, or even just to stand up and stretch. No matter how small, an increase of daily movement is great for their joints and promotes their goal to lower their BMI.

 
Many experts argue that keeping an eye on BMI is far more important than strictly focusing on weight. Discussing these 6 points with your client is sure to set them on the right path to becoming more healthy and lowering their BMI. Also, recommending a natural supplement containing 7-Keto® may help your client achieve results much faster. Learn about the incredible benefits of 7-Keto® on our website or by calling 1-800-783-4636.

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