It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that your weight is the only thing that matters. Being thin and being healthy are treated as if they’re interchangeable, and healthy behaviors are often ignored in the quest to lose weight at any cost. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to slim down, it’s important to keep in mind that weight is only part of a healthy body. Read on to learn why!
Why Weight Matters
While weight might not be the only thing that matters, there’s no denying that there are serious health risks associated with an unhealthy body weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity carries an increased risk of high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease, type II diabetes, and other serious health problems.
Of course, being dangerously underweight is not healthy, either. Unhealthy measures taken to lose weight can lead to malnutrition, so your body won’t have the nutrients it needs for optimal health. Your goal should be to find your healthy weight rather than chasing after a societal ideal. The Body Mass Index, while not perfect, can give you an idea of a range of healthy weights for your height. You should also speak with your doctor, as they’ll be able to provide valuable information about your weight.
More Aspects of Health to Consider
So if your weight falls into the normal category on the Body Mass Index, does that mean you’re safe to assume you’re in perfect health? Nope! Maintaining a healthy body weight is just one part of your overall physical health. After all, it’s possible to maintain a healthy weight eating overly processed food, getting little to no sleep, and being sedentary, but that wouldn’t make you a very healthy person!
Rather than focusing solely on your weight, make sure you’re considering other parts of a healthy lifestyle. Here are just a few questions that you can ask yourself for a better idea of your health:
- Do you get 150 minutes of physical activity each week?
- Are you eating half of your body weight in grams of protein each day?
- Are you drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water each day?
- Are healthy fats a part of your diet?
- Are you getting between seven and nine hours of sleep each night?
- Are you taking the time to relax and recharge on a regular basis?
- Are you taking care of your emotional health?
These questions, while certainly not all-encompassing, will help you develop a better understanding about whether or not you’re taking care of your health rather than simply glancing down at the scale. You should also schedule a visit with your physician, as they will be able to help you evaluate how healthy your lifestyle is. Focus more on these healthy habits than paying attention solely to your weight, and you’ll find it much easier to transform your life!
As you work toward optimizing your health, we encourage you to keep in mind that weight is just one part of the equation. For more tips for transforming your life physically, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!