How Much Should I Weigh? Print
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If you have looked up your height and weight on a BMI (body mass index) chart to determine how much your should weigh, you might want to consider a new way of thinking.
I like what the Canadian Obesity Network and leading obesity researcher Dr. Arya Sharma have suggested. This is your “Best Weight” which is defined as whatever weight you can achieve while still living the healthiest lifestyle possible while still having fun. If you are overweight, at some point you will not be able to eat less, exercise more AND still have fun.
What determines your weight
Although your weight is a reflection of your nutrition and exercise habits, contrary to many popular diet books and so-called health experts, your weight is not explained by simply “calories in” versus “calories out.” Your weight is a reflection of many complex factors above and beyond your food and activity habits such as genetics, family history, age, gender, body composition, sleep habits, hormones and stress levels. Realize that some of these factors we can change — and acknowledge that others are stubborn unchangeable parts we are stuck with. Work at the factors you have control over, like nutrition, exercise, stress and sleep, and remind yourself that you — and everyone else — have a unique weight that your body will steer toward.
You know your body best. A true healthy weight is not something that can be found in a chart: it will be a range your body will naturally maintain when you nourish it with healthy food, exercise it regularly, and manage sleep and stress. Don’t let the scale rule your happiness, self-worth, and belief in your health status. Decide not to stand on the scale each day to determine whether it is going to be a good day or a bad day filled with feelings of failure and guilt. Resist the magnetic pull of the scale and start to measure your success on your own terms.