What Is A Healthy Weight For The Average Australian Man?

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Jenny Craig BMI – Men’s Health

The evolution of men’s health has paralleled that of women. In the age of the selfie, where appearances mean a lot, men are inclined to work-out, shape up, dress well and impress. At least that’s the theory, although the message isn’t getting through to everyone. While the percentage of men qualified to be department store models has risen, so has the incidence of obesity in Australia, with more men than ever carrying too many kilos. Body mass index (BMI) is one Jenny Craig strategy for reversing the trend and assisting men’s health.

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What is a healthy BMI for men?

BMI takes height as well as weight into consideration for gauging a person’s ideal size and shape. Everyone is an individual with varying bone structure, natural muscle mass and fatty tissue deposits, but there is room for improvement in all of us. BMI is useful for both men and women, although allowance needs to be made for men’s greater muscle mass, and the Jenny Craig BMI Calculator is the logical place to start preparing for weight loss. Your BMI score will reflect your present weight status and the amount of weight you need to lose to achieve healthy outcomes.

Jenny Craig is a lot more than just tasty, ready-made meals. When you visit us, your personal Jenny Craig Consultant will discuss your weight loss goals and devise a meal plan that suits you. Your personal program is guided by considerations that include weight, height, age, health status, physical activities and weight loss aspirations. We also employ the best nutritionists, dietitians and chefs to ensure your calorie and portion-controlled meals are satisfying and energising, as well as delicious.

How do I calculate my BMI?

BMI is extremely easy to calculate. Simply input your weight and height into the Jenny Craig BMI Calculator and your personal score is provided. Many men are surprised to find themselves in the overweight category, even when appearing in reasonable shape. For most men, it’s simply due to carrying a little too much belly fat, but there are other situations where BMI isn’t a reliable measure of health related to weight, as outlined below.

  • Body builders and weight lifters

  • Some ethnic groups, including Pacific Islanders

  • Those with extreme obesity

  • High-performance athletes

  • Pregnant women

  • The elderly

  • Children

For the majority of men however, BMI calculations are extremely useful. Most people fall into easily understood categories according to their score.

  • 18.4 or less (underweight)

  • 18.5 – 24.9 (healthy weight)

  • 25.0 – 29.9 (overweight)

  • 30.0 or more (obese)

Your personal Jenny Craig Consultant will discuss your weight loss goals and devise a meal plan that suits you. Your personal program is guided by considerations that include weight, height, age, health status, physical activities and weight loss aspirations.

What should you do if you do not fall into a healthy BMI range?

It’s widely acknowledged that diet combined with exercise is the best way to achieve and maintain target weight. Dieting alone will shed weight without replacing fat with healthy muscle, while focussing solely on exercise can lead to weight gain that puts stress on internal body organs. There are a lot of fad diets and superfoods on the market, with no shortage of advice from opinionated well-wishers, but Jenny Craig prefers to use weight loss methods that actually work in the short and long-term.

At Jenny Craig, the weight loss programs are tailored for every individual customer. Your food choices are also personalised, with more than 65 delicious menu items to choose from, prepared specifically for you by professional chefs. Our meals are designed by celebrity chefs, with local and international cuisines available, all ready for home delivery or pick-up if you prefer. BMI provides the initial indicator of health status, followed by Jenny Craig guidance and inspiration every step of the way.


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Is BMI the best measure of health?

BMI is regarded by the World Health Organisation as a reliable indicator of healthy weight. It shouldn’t be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, and anyone suffering from a serious health condition should get the all clear from their doctor prior to commencing a weight loss program. The BMI score adds support to additional information, and specifically relates to the amount of excess fat you are carrying. Excess weight around your middle is considered a greater health risk than fat carried on the hips and thighs. A hefty waist circumference indicates visceral fat, a dangerous fat that coats the organs, potentially leading to disease.

You don’t need to be a psychic to know when you are looking and feeling good. Health can be measured both physically and emotionally, and active people who eat well provide obvious clues to the benefits of healthy weight levels. Optimum men’s health is best achieved by finding the balance between diet and exercise, and with Jenny Craig guidance, you are assured of being on the right track. We even make allowance for the occasional splurge at your favourite restaurant or watering hole, and with delicious Jenny Craig meals to sustain you, there is no need for excess hunger cravings or irritability.

With a little dedication and determination, your men’s health goals will be achieved for the benefit of you and your loved ones. Jenny Craig has been helping men and women lose weight since 1983, and by commencing a tailored weight loss program with us you are following in the footsteps of thousands of successful customers just like yourself.

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