As you work to transform your life physically, understanding your body type will be an important factor in reaching your goals. Here’s why body type matters!
One of the most important reasons to consider your body type is that it impacts what your healthy weight is. Many people just pick an arbitrary number to work toward, but having a realistic goal based on your body type is much more useful. For example, someone who is very tall will have a different ideal body weight than someone who is fairly short, and someone with a lot of muscle mass can have a healthy body weight that is higher than someone with less muscle mass. That’s why it’s so important to work toward a healthy weight for your body type.
If you’re not sure what a healthy weight for your body type is, you can speak with your doctor and ask for their guidance. Another option is the BMI scale. While it’s far from perfect, it can give you some insight to a healthy weight range for you based on your height. You can calculate your BMI here.
Your body type will also impact your nutritional needs. Your height, your current weight, your goal weight, and your physical activity level can all impact how much food you need to eat. For example, if you’re following the BBS meal plan and find yourself getting too hungry on a regular basis, you may not be eating enough to meet the nutritional requirements for your body type. While you don’t want to go overboard, adding an extra protein snack, some low-carb vegetables, or a serving of healthy fat may help you satisfy your appetite and improve your overall nutrition.
Your body type will also impact the time that it takes to reach your goals. If you have a lot of weight to lose, it will likely take you longer to reach your goal weight than someone who is working to lose just a few pounds. Everyone’s body is different, so the timeline of your transformation will be unique to you. Resist the urge to compare yourself to others and take pride in the steps you’re taking toward optimal health!
Your body type will play a big role in your ability to transform your life, so make sure you consider it as you set your goals. For more tips for making your transformation a success, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!