To qualify for weight loss surgery, you must meet certain height and weight criteria set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH): your body mass index, or your BMI. This screening tool calculates your body fat level, determining whether you are underweight, normal, overweight or obese. To be a candidate for surgical weight loss, you must have a BMI of 35 with at least one obesity-related health condition, or a BMI of 40 or higher.
How many calories do you need to eat every day to maintain your current weight? Our Calorie Calculator will give you an estimate. Knowing how many calories your body needs to stay at its current weight is really valuable when you’re trying to lose weight. To drop pounds, you must create what’s called a "caloric deficit," which is when you consume fewer calories than your body burns (or burn more calories than you consume). A great place to start is by walking a mile or two a day, cutting out sugary drinks, such as regular soda, and cutting your portion sizes by one-third.
IDEAL WEIGHT CALCULATOR
Are you at a healthy weight? Use our handy tool to determine what weight range is ideal for your height and body type, based on your BMI and the size of your waist. Your waist size is important because it helps you find out how much fat you have stored around your belly. People who are "apple shaped" are more likely than people who are "pear shaped" to develop serious health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. A healthy waist size is less than 40 inches for men and less than 35 for women.
TARGET HEART RATE CALCULATOR
Do you ever wonder if your heart is beating too fast when you exercise? Use our Target Heart Rate Calculator to find out what your target heart rate should be to exercise safely and effectively. Keep in mind that your target heart rate is actually a range of heartbeats per minute that you need to stay within to improve your fitness level and burn calories.