A Brief Overview of BMI and Approaches to Weight Loss

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BMI and Weight Loss
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Holding an MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Angelo Consiglio has expertise in treating ear, nose, and throat conditions and is skilled in performing balloon sinus dilation. Dr. Angelo Consiglio has also trained in rapid weight-loss management.

A healthy body mass index (BMI) falls between 18.5 and 25. A BMI of 25 to 30 is considered overweight; beyond 30, a person is categorized as obese. Being overweight or obese increases a person’s likelihood of developing coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and gallstones. The latter can be life threatening if the stones cause pancreatitis, a blockage of pancreatic ducts that creates pain in the upper abdomen.

In most cases, doctors will suggest a change in diet and exercise to lose weight slowly. A loss of up to two pounds per week is a safe rate and requires burning 1,000 calories more than what a person consumes each day. For people interested in quicker weight loss or those requiring expedited weight loss due to health complications arising from being overweight or obese, supervision by a doctor is necessary. A trained physician can offer healthy diet strategies and monitor the patient’s progress. The doctor may suggest jumpstarting weight loss with an initial phase that helps a patient lose approximately 10 pounds in the first two weeks. In addition, hormones such as hCG can be administered to aid in achieving goals.