Am I Overweight? 5 Signs You May Need to Lose Weight

Are you tired of asking yourself “Am I overweight?”, and not knowing the answer?

Before you worry yourself, lets get a clear understanding of what exactly it means to be overweight.  

Though body fat is required in order for you’re body to function properly, it should be kept at a minimum.  

Being overweight generally means that you have a lot more body fat than what generally considered healthy.

If you’re asking yourself whether you’re overweight or not, chances are it’s time to lose some weight and get your butt into shape.

Signs That You Are Overweight

Before you jump to conclusions and assume that you are overweight, take a look at these 5 signs and decide for yourself whether or not you should be worried.

1. Your BMI Is High

Calculating your BMI is a quick and easy way to tell whether or not you are overweight. Being overweight is generally defined as having a body fat percentage of 25 or higher.

Supplied by BMI Calculator USA

​This can also be used to get a good idea of how much you should weigh according to your height.

​Height

​Weight

​Normal

​Overweight

​Obese

​Extremely Obese

​4ft 10in

(58​​in)

​91 ​to 115 lbs.

​119​ to 138 lbs.

​143 to 186 lbs.

​191 to 258 lbs.

​4ft 11in

(59​​in)

​94 to 119 lbs.

124 to 143 lbs.

124 to 143 lbs

148 to 193 lbs.

148 to 193 lbs.

198 to 267 lbs.

198 to 267 lbs.

​5ft

(60​​in)

​97 to 123 lbs.

128 to 148 lbs.

128 to 148 lbs.

153 to 199 lbs.

153 to 199 lbs.

204 to 276 lbs.

204 to 276 lbs.

​5ft 1in

(61​​in)

​100 to 12​7 lbs.

132 to 153 lbs.

132 to 153 lbs.

158 to 206 lbs.

158 to 206 lbs.

211 to 285 lbs.

211 to 285 lbs.

​5ft 2in

(62​​in)

​10​4 to 131 lbs.

136 to 158 lbs.

136 to 158 lbs.

164 to 213 lbs.

164 to 213 lbs.

218 to 295 lbs.

218 to 295 lbs.

​5ft 3in

(63​​in)

​107 to 135 lbs.

141 to 163 lbs.

141 to 163 lbs.

169 to 220 lbs.

169 to 220 lbs.

225 to 304 lbs.

225 to 304 lbs.

​5ft 4in

(64​​in)

​110 to 140 lbs.

145 to 169 lbs.

145 to 169 lbs.

174 to 227 lbs.

174 to 227 lbs.

232 to 314 lbs.

232 to 314 lbs.

​5ft 5in

(65​​in)

​114 to 144 lbs.

150 to 174 lbs.

150 to 174 lbs.

180 to 234 lbs.

180 to 234 lbs.

240 to 324 lbs.

240 to 324 lbs.

​5ft 6in

(66​​in)

​118 to 148 lbs.

155 to 179 lbs.

155 to 179 lbs.

186 to 241 lbs.

186 to 241 lbs.

247 to 334 lbs.

247 to 334 lbs.

​5ft 7in

(67​​in)

​121 to 153 lbs.

159 to 185 lbs.

159 to 185 lbs.

191 to 249 lbs.

191 to 249 lbs.

255 to 344 lbs.

255 to 344 lbs.

​5ft 8in

(68​​in)

​125 to 158 lbs.

164 to 190 lbs.

164 to 190 lbs.

197 to 256 lbs.

197 to 256 lbs.

262 to 354 lbs.

262 to 354 lbs.

​5ft 9in

(69​​in)

​128 to 162 lbs.

169 to 196 lbs.

169 to 196 lbs.

203 to 263 lbs.

203 to 263 lbs.

270 to 365 lbs.

270 to 365 lbs.

​5ft 10in

(70​​in)

​132 to 167 lbs.

174 to 202 lbs.

174 to 202 lbs.

209 to 271 lbs.

209 to 271 lbs.

278 to 376 lbs.

278 to 376 lbs.

​5ft 11in

(71​​in)

​136 to 172 lbs.

179 to 208 lbs.

179 to 208 lbs.

215 to 279 lbs.

215 to 279 lbs.

286 to 386 lbs.

286 to 386 lbs.

​6ft

(72​in)

​140 to 177 lbs.

184 to 213 lbs.

184 to 213 lbs.

221 to 287 lbs.

221 to 287 lbs.

294 to 397 lbs.

294 to 397 lbs.

​6ft 1in

(73​in)

​144 to 182 lbs.

189 to 219 lbs.

189 to 219 lbs.

227 to 295 lbs.

227 to 295 lbs.

302 to 408 lbs.

302 to 408 lbs.

​6ft 2in

(74in)

​148 to 186 lbs.

194 to 225 lbs.

194 to 225 lbs.

233 to 303 lbs.

233 to 303 lbs.

311 to 420 lbs.

311 to 420 lbs.

​6ft 3in

(75in)

​152 to 192 lbs.

200 to 232 lbs.

200 to 232 lbs.

240 to 311 lbs.

240 to 311 lbs.

319 to 431 lbs.

319 to 431 lbs.

​6ft 4in

(76in)

​156 to 197 lbs.

205 to 238 lbs.

205 to 238 lbs.

246 to 320 lbs.

246 to 320 lbs.

328 to 443 lbs.

328 to 443 lbs.

​6ft 5in

(76in)

​160 to 202 lbs.

210 to 244 lbs.

252 to 326 lbs.

337 to 455

​BMI

​19 to 24

​25 to 29

​30 to 39

​40 to 54

​2. You Feel Uncomfortable

Do you ever find yourself feeling uncomfortable when you sit, stand certain ways, or even bend over?

This uncomfortable feeling is often described in a way such as your body is touching itself. Weird feeling right? Well one common cause of this can simply described as rolls.

As a person becomes overweight, their body stores extra fat which builds upon itself in layers because the body isn’t growing along with the increase in fat.

3. Lazy and Lethargic

Sure everyone’s lazy sometimes but if you’re overweight you’re probably lazy and lethargic more often than you should be.

Being overweight usually requires people to exert more energy than is normal in order to normal every day activities.

Another thing you may notice is that you find yourself short of breath after performing simple tasks.

4. Excess Sweating

Are you sweating more than usual or more often than usual?

This may be due to the fact that your body is storing excess fat. In order for your body to keep up with your weight gain, your body stores excess fat by layering.

These extra layers of fat traps your bodies natural heat, making it incredibly difficult for your body to cool itself down.

5. Pain and Soreness in Joints

One of the best ways to tell if you’re overweight is unnatural or excessive pain and soreness in your joints.

The knees are one of the most common places an overweight person will experience severe soreness.

This pain is due to the constant strain of extra weight that your knees are being forced to carry around.

Risks Of Being Overweight

There are many risks of being overweight, so knowing whether you are overweight or not can actually save your life.

Though there are many risks of being overweight, many of them depend on things such as your age, gender, and how active you are physically.

Some of the risks of being overweight include complications such as:

  • high cholesterol - Usually caused by eating a regular diet made up of high cholesterol foods and saturated fats. High cholesterol can lead to many future heart complications.
  • High Blood Pressure - High blood pressure is usually a common side effect of a high cholesterol diet. Having high blood pressure can lead to severe complications that include damaged arteries, damaged kidneys, heart disease, and even stroke.
  • Gallstones - Gallstones are also a side effect of high cholesterol. Though gallstones are not always threatening, they can be quite dangerous if they happen to block ducts in your small intestine.
  • Type 2 Diabetes - If you are someone who is overweight and incorporates very little to no physical activity into your weekly schedule, you may be highly susceptible to type 2 diabetes. Symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, increased hunger, and extreme fatigue.
  • Coronary Heart Disease - Coronary heart disease is often caused by a high level of cholesterol. High cholesterol levels cause plaque to build up on the inside of the coronary arteries, this build up can lead to blood clots and heart attacks.
  • Stroke - Often caused by high cholesterol and high blood pressure, strokes occur when there are sudden disruptions of blood flow to the brain, which may lead to severe brain damage or even death.

 What To Do If You’re Overweight

By now, you should have a decent idea as to whether you are overweight or not. So if you’re overweight what should you do?

The answer is simple, change what you are doing! Now don’t worry, you don’t necessarily have to change every single thing you’re doing.

If you are overweight, you are going to  want to focus on changing two things, your eating habits and exercises habits.

Change your eating habits in a way that is going to fit your lifestyle, find out how many calories you should be eating a day and go from there. 

Instead of eating out all of the time, try having a nice home cooked meal with lots of lean meat and cooked veggies.

If you do go out to eat, look at the menu, most restaurants nowadays have the calories next to the menu item. 

You’d be surprised how much a healthy diet can contribute to your overall health.

Though healthy eating habits are incredibly important, it is also important to incorporate some kind of physical activity into your weekly schedule.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go overboard with this; focus on trying to exercises at least 3 days a week.

Again, you don’t have to get too crazy with this, you don’t have to spend hours upon hours in the gym lifting weights or running miles, try and spend at least 30 minutes each of the 3 days doing things such as walking, jogging, and even lifting light weights.

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Jake - June 6, 2018

I’m obese

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