Overview

Do you need to lose weight, put on weight or are you already at your ideal weight?

Most people in this country are unhappy with their weight. Either they want to lose weight, they are prone to being underweight, or they want to be more muscular. We can help you on your journey to your ideal weight.

Losing weight made easy! Lose weight fast! Get rid of your belly in three weeks! Promises like these may sound too good to be true. But usually there is not much more to them than a supposedly revolutionary new method for losing weight or fitness tips on eliminating belly fat. Whether you want to maintain your current weight, lose weight or put on weight: You cannot achieve your ideal weight with miracle cures like these alone; it is important to balance the calories you take in and the calories you burn with appropriate exercise and nutrition.

Live healthy and benefit with the Helsana+ app

Prevention is better than cure, and by taking preventive health measures (e.g. nutrition counselling) you are rewarded with both health benefits as well as Plus points. You can redeem these in the form of cash or as valuable offers. Download the app and benefit now.

Do I need to lose weight or is my weight healthy?

Do not base your goals on physical ideals of one kind or another, but rather on your health. Measurements such as your body mass index (BMI) or your waist circumference provide a rough guide of whether it might be advisable for you to lose weight. They show whether your weight is within the normal range or whether it poses a risk. Being overweight can lead to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and joint and back pain. Being underweight is often a sign of being deficient in vital nutrients, which compromises the immune system, muscular function and the body’s ability to heal, and can also lead to the bone disease osteoporosis.

Losing weight the healthy way: Eating right is a first step

Old habits die hard. Give yourself the time and support you need. This may take the form of nutrition counselling or a programme such as Weight Watchers or eBalance. We’ll help you do this. Find out more here.

How do I achieve my ideal weight?

If you want to know whether it is advisable for you to lose weight or put on weight, you can gain an initial picture using one of the many established measurement methods. Talk to your doctor for more information and recommendations about specific measures.

Calculate your BMI / Smart BMI

The body mass index is the most well known and widely used method. It compares weight to height: weight in kilos divided by height in metres squared (kg/m2). A value from 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal.

The Smart BMI calculator also includes age and gender. Neither method takes account of your build or the ratio of fat to muscle.

Measure your waist circumference
Your waist circumference can be used in addition to your BMI to assess your individual risk of complications due to obesity. Rule of thumb: Your waist circumference (above the navel) should never be greater than half your height. Critical value for men: 94 cm; for women: 80 cm. A person's height is also important, however. Measurement methods that take account of waist circumference are the waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) and the waist-to-hip ratio (WHR).

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