So, you’ve heard good things about the Mediterranean diet and want to try it for weight loss. I will assume you have excessive body fat or a body mass index over 25. Maybe you have just 10 or 20 pounds to lose. Perhaps you are much heavier and are concerned about the adverse health effects of obesity.
Body mass index (BMI) is used to define overweight and obesity. Your BMI is your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared. A BMI between 18.5 and 25 is considered healthy. BMIs between 25 and 30 are overweight. Here’s an online BMI calculator. For example, a 5-foot, 4-inch person enters obesity territory - BMI over 30 - when weight reaches 174 pounds (79 kilograms). A 5-foot, 10-incher is obese starting at 208 pounds (94.5 kilograms). Numerous adverse health effects are associated with obesity.