Being overweight or obese can increase the chances of having high level of triglycerides & LDL, and low level of HDL. In addition, it can lead to high pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Having excess weight around the waist, may be likely to develop the metabolic syndrome.
Weightloss Cholesterol lowering effect
If overweight and have high cholesterol, may need to get the LDL and the weight under control by changing the diet and by increasing physical activity. At the start of the TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) program, the focus will be on lowering LDL by reducing saturated fat and calories and by increasing fiber, which could also, helps to lose weight. Various studies confirm that losing weight (weightloss) lower your cholesterol numbers.
After about two to three months of cholesterol home remedies, if still continue to be overweight. Then you may need to focus additional attention on losing weight as the approach to LDL goal, especially if have the metabolic syndrome.
Body mass index and cholesterol
The Body Mass Index or Quetelet index is a statistical measure of body weight based on a person's height. It is easy to measure and calculate, so most widely used tool to identify weight problems, such as underweight, overweight or obese.
BMI calculation formula
BMI calculation formula in SI units
BMI = mass in kg divided by the square of height in meters.
BMI calculation formula in Imperial units
BMI = mass in lb multiply by 703 divided by the square of height in inches.
BMI = mass in lb multiply by 4.88 divided by the square of height in feet.
Cholesterol, Obesity and Over-weight relationship
Studies on the relationship between body mass index and serum cholesterol shows a significant, direct association of BMI with total cholesterol, and LDL-cholesterol in men. HDL-cholesterol was inversely relating to BMI in both sexes. Lower risk for CHD (coronary heart disease) in women compared with men or similar BMI.
Body mass index (BMI) chart – Check your BMI
BMI can relate your weight with your height. BMI for various heights and weights are:
* Weight and height should measure without shoes. Source: National Institutes of Health
Find your height in the left-hand column (Green) and your weight* (Red) in one of the columns to the right. The number at the top of that column will be your BMI (Blue).
How do you read body mass index (BMI)?
- If the BMI is within 18.5 to 24.9, then it is considering as normal weight.
- If the BMI is within 25 to 29.9, then it is considering as overweight.
- If the BMI is 30 or greater, then it is considering as obese.
Obesity cholesterol - healthy waist size
A waist measurement of 35 inches (40 inches for men) or more for women is one of the factors involved in the metabolic syndrome. It also indicates an increased risk to the obesity-related conditions, such as heart disease.
Many health experts are even more stringent in recommending a target of 30 inches or less for a woman and 35 for a man.
How do you measure Waistline?
Here is the procedure to measure your waistline size.
- Take a measuring tape.
- Upper garment covering the waist should be removed, or at least hold it up with the hands.
- It is easy to identify the exact waistline; it is just a ½ inch above the bellybutton (navel).
- Measuring tape should be hold just above the navel and wrap around the body. Confirm that the tape runs a perfect circle around the waist without sag in between.
- During measurement, do not pull your stomach inwards and be relaxed.
- Note down the number that ends near the starting point of the tape; it is the waist size measurement.