3 Easy Ways To Determine If You're A Healthy Weight
Most of the people in magazines and on TV are far slimmer than average, yet this is the ideal that many people aim for. Before you decide that you won’t be happy until you get down to a certain number of pounds, consider:
- Your age. You probably wish you could get back to your college weight. But normal changes in metabolism and hormone levels that occur with aging can make this more difficult and unrealistic.
- Your gender. In general, men have more muscle and heavier bones than women, which means that healthy men usually weigh more than healthy women of the same height.
- Your current weight. If you are very heavy, focus on losing a smaller amount (such as 10 percent of your body weight). Losing just 5 to 10 pounds can improve your health in many ways, both short term and long term.
A Better Way to Measure Weight:
Many health professionals have recognized that the Body Mass Index (BMI) doesn’t show the complete picture when it comes to determining a healthy weight. Part of this is due to the fact that BMI only considers height and weight, which can be skewed by muscle percentage and other factors that vary from person to person. So…what are some other ways to ensure you are a healthy weight?
Measure Your Body Fat Percentage. This is a more in-depth way of looking at your body and the true health risks you may have. There are many conditions that are associated with high fat percentage rather weight alone, these include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and certain types of cancers.
Remember that fat is essential to your body’s function, so it is important to establish a healthy range for yourself based on lifestyle and health factors.
Measure Your Waist-hip ratio. This measurement is one that has grown in popularity. Similar to body fat percentage, this measurement focuses on potential health risks, such as infertility, cardiovascular health and other conditions associated with belly fat. This type of body fat is especially hard on your body as it puts a strain on your normal daily functions.
The good news with this measurement is that you can do it yourself. You will measure the smallest circumference of your waist (just above your belly button) and divide that by the circumference of your hips, measured at the widest part. Look for a number below 0.9 for women and 1.0 for men.
Measure Your Metabolism. This is an important measurement to have as your metabolism is what helps to supply your body with energy. Throughout the day, each of us burns calories to keep our body and vital organs functioning, this is called our resting metabolic rate. By having your metabolism rate measured, you will better understand your body’s nutritional needs, as well as your energy levels, which will promote a healthier weight.
Weighing in on Your Health