What is the Healthy, Ideal Weight?
Setting up an ideal weight that applies to everyone is difficult since there are several factors that determine our weight. Always keep in mind that there’s a range of healthy body weights. Most people have a vague perception of what constitute one’s healthy body weight for the reason that we are fond of comparing ourselves with the images of celebrities which are often underweight.
Even comparing yourself with your family and friends isn’t helpful either because obesity has become very common so as our perception for average weight may in reality is too heavy.
By just simply looking yourself in the mirror isn’t that helpful or a good way to assess if you’re in a healthy weight or not. It is very important for you to make an objective assessment of your size.
How do I know if I’m a healthy weight?
It is necessary to get an accurate idea of your healthy weight range and there are even several ways you that you can work on your weight.
Body Mass Index
You can always check your body size by using the Body Mass Index (BMI) that evaluates your weight in relation to your height.
Measuring your waist is another method of evaluating whether you’re in a healthy weight or not. It will give you an assessment of how much fat stored around your middle since too much fat in that area can increase the risks of heart disease and diabetes.
There are scales designed to measure the amount of fat in your body, usually called body fat analysers. It’s sending a small and safe electrical signal through your body where lean tissue like muscle and blood contains water that works as conductors of electrical signal, whereas fat resists it. So as the greater the resistance would mean the more body fat you have. But remember that body fat is just one aspect of your overall health.
Are you overweight?
If your BMI and waist circumference results shows that you’re overweight, try to find ways to change your lifestyle that would be able o help you control your weight, which includes changes on your diet and having a more physical activity.
Are you underweight?
Opposite of being overweight, if you’re not weighing enough can also put your health at risk. Being underweight due to some diet restrictions might also be a risk of some nutritional deficiencies. Anemia, lack of iron, is the common risk for young women as well as osteoporosis in later life because of insufficient calcium. Missing menstrual periods called Amenorrhea is very common for underweight women; this could often lead to infertility.
Are you healthy but unhappy?
If you’re still unhappy with your shape even your weight falls within the healthy range. You may need to get a supervised exercise program not just restricting your diet. This will help you improve your fitness, tone specific muscles and will be able to develop your overall fitness and wellbeing.