Terms You Need to Understand for Weight Loss and Fitness

bmi bmr carb calories?Have you ever noticed how some things have their own vocabulary. Certain jobs have words or phrases that are completely unique to that particular occupation, and when you first begin working in that field you have to learn those new words and phrases to be able to communicate effectively. Weight loss works in very much the same way. There is an entirely new set of vocabulary words that you are going to have to understand in order to be able to achieve weight loss. We have put together a list of the most common terms that you will come across as you try to lose weight.

Aerobic Exercise: This term refers to exercise that is done to work out the larger muscles in the body, and goes for a lon period of time. Aerobic exercise is mostly done for cardiovascular benefit, but the calories that are burned will certainly help you lose weight. Jogging, walking, swimming biking and skiing are all examples of aerobic exercise.

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): Similar to the RMR, or resting metabolic rate, this is the number of calories burned each day by your body to stay alive, and is partially based upon how active you are. There are hundreds of BMR and RMR calculators available on the web.

BMI, which stands for Body Mass Index: This is a numerical value that is assigned to every person to determine whether a person is overweight. You can use online BMI calculators, or you can do it manually by converting your weight to kilograms, and your height to meters and then dividing your weight by your height. Then, find your BMI on a chart and determine if you are overweight.

Calories: Calories are the measurement of the energy from food. Nearly everything that you consume has calories, and nearly everything that you do for exercise or activity burns calories.

Carbohydrate or Carb: This is a group of foods that include gums, sugars, starches and cellulose. The body converts carbs into a simple sugar for fuel.

Cholesterol: Cholesterol is actually a type of fat that is present in your blood. You get cholesterol naturally from your body and you get it from any foods that contain animal products.

Food Triggers:These are events or situations, or sometimes emotions that cause you to overeat. You need to make a plan for these food triggers before they happen.