3. Trust Your Clothes
Our clothes do a better job of pointing to our goal weight than any other scale or index measure. If your clothes fit well and look proportionate to your height and waist, then you are golden. Also, the way our clothes fit us gives us a more realistic peek into the workings of our body.
For instance, when you initially take up strength training, you are sure to put on muscle. This will automatically show a spike on your scale, as muscle weighs more than ordinary fat. Yet your clothes fit better and you look more toned. This is where you trust your clothes and say a firm no thank you to those outdated scales.
2. Take Stock of Your Activity Levels
This is perhaps the truest reflection of your weight. How physically active can you be during your day? Does a sprint up two flights of stairs leave you breathless? Do you hate walking and prefer to take your car, even to the neighborhood store? Are you a closeted couch potato? Well, it’s time to get real. Even if you are on the skinny side, if your physical activity is lacking, so is your weight.
You may look superficially good for now, but be warned that your body will reflect otherwise real soon. On the other hand, if you have the stamina to stay physically active for a good 3-4 hours every day, don’t let those harmless love handles bother you. Your weight is just where it needs to be!
1. Age Is Not a Criterion
People often attribute their weight issues to their age. And yet we see people of all shapes and sizes of exactly the same ages! Today, it is preteens and not older folks who are more susceptible to obesity. Again, this is more a result of a sedentary lifestyle. This dispels the myth that age affects our weight. In fact, you have a better chance of achieving your perfect goal weight as you age, because you learn to work with your metabolism and your body type and tailor your lifestyle to align with it.
To summarize, our idea of perfection is a myth-based on others, not on our own selves. To believe that a particular number on a scale is ideal for us is the weightiest delusion of all! Instead, use the following criteria to determine a range that works perfectly for you.
- Not all weight is fat. Convention says that most healthy women can consider a weight of 110 pounds at 5 feet and add 11 pounds for every inch after that. For men, it is about 11-18 pounds more than women, due to more muscle mass. But of course, you can always be an unconventional but perfectly balanced person.
- The BMI system of measuring ideal weight suggests a range between 18.5 and 25 for healthy adults. While this is a reasonable indicator, it is not perfect. The ABCI is more complete, as it also factors in the proportion of our height, weight, and waist. This can be measured here.
- The medical world is increasingly spreading the word on fat, that not all of it is bad. In fact, they share that essential percentage of fat required for our survival can be as high as 13% in women. There is also storage fat that is vital to protecting our internal organs. It is only the saturated fat that is an absolute no-no.
Working to achieve your goal weight is indeed an admirable endeavor, especially when it is driven by your intention to enhance your health and fitness. But don’t allow a misguided idea of perfection or outdated conventions to define what is good for you.
The better option is to have a friendly chat with your doctor. They will have complete details on your height, waist, and body shape, and suggest the ideal weight range that supports your health goals and lifestyle in the best possible way.Related: 8 Unusually Effective Science-Backed Weight Loss Tips