What Is A Healthy Weight?
Every single day, we’re bombarded with messages and images aimed at influencing our beliefs around what a body should look like. Whether it’s in an effort to sell you a new weight loss gimmick, or the latest bra - these messages are typically completely unrealistic. Often times, marketing campaigns are targeting the “average Joe”, while utilizing models who are anything but. The truth is, everyone’s body is different, and the median range of “normal” is rarely what you see in ads.
People ask me all the time, “what is a healthy weight?” - and that’s definitely a loaded question.
When we frame our health objectives around weight, or the number on the scale, we’re already heading into things with the wrong mindset. There are so many different diet fads and programs, it’s no wonder we are a society rooted in instant gratification. But the cold, hard truth is - there is no cutting corners, and there is no universal “normal”. Our bodies and lifestyles vary so much from person to person, which makes it impossible to have a one-size-fits-all approach to anything - much less, our bodies. We each have our own bio-individuality that we must be mindful of when we’re assessing our health goals. It’s so important to emphasize this because health is about what works for you as an individual. You want to make realistic, lifestyle changes that will last for the years to come.
The best advice I can give, is to STOP focusing on weight loss goals and start emphasizing your health goals. In other words, how do you want to feel? What is your ideal healthy lifestyle? If you picture yourself six months from now, after adopting a healthier lifestyle all around, what does your life look like? How are you feeling? What clothes are you wearing? Maybe you’re more active in general, and have the energy to play with the kids after work. Maybe you’re eating clean foods, and you look amazing in a great pair of jeans - when you picture this in your mind, you’re not seeing a number on the scale. Whatever it is, the key takeaway here is that you want to aim for happy, healthy and whole - not losing numbers. A size four pant may be healthy for someone of a smaller frame, and at the same time, dangerously underweight for someone else. A great way to measure progress is to take stock of how your clothes fit, without ever stepping on the scale. I often suggest that clients literally put the scale away, and out of sight, until they’ve been working on creating a healthy balance for at least 30 days.
It’s not about the numbers!
When we put more emphasis on the number on the scale, rather than how we feel in our bodies, we lose sight of what the underlying importance is: living our best life with our body’s optimal health in mind. As Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach, my approach lies in getting to the root of what is causing an imbalance in some area, then working to create balance in all areas of life.
For more tips on getting healthy, head to my other blog, Getting Healthy vs. Losing Weight.
I hope that this helps to reframe your mindset when it comes to setting healthy lifestyle and weight loss goals - if you’d like to dive a bit deeper, feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation over here!