How to Have Realistic Expectations for a Healthy Weight
No one is perfect, so remember to set realistic expectations for yourself when it comes to weight loss.
Set Realistic Expectations for a Healthy Weight
It’s important to be kind to your body and mind by having realistic expectations for yourself. Know that you may make mistakes along the way, but you can learn from them and continue to work toward your goal. Strive for a better you by treating your body right with a nutritionally dense diet and regular physical activity.
Weight Measurement Tools
A common method for determining if you are at a healthy weight is Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is calculated from your height and weight—to find your BMI, use this BMI Calculator. A BMI measurement cannot distinguish weight from fat or muscle, so the calculation may be overestimated in pregnant women, athletes, and others who have a muscular build.
Another way to screen for possible health risks is measuring your waist circumference. You are at a higher risk for heart disease if your waist size is greater than 35 inches for women and greater than 40 inches for men. If most of your fat is around your waist versus your hips, you are at a higher risk for heart disease and diabetes.
A Simple Approach
While it is good to know your measurements, rather than focusing on the amount of weight you’d like to lose, set your aim on small ways you can change your behaviors. Perhaps you can add more physical activity to your routine by taking the stairs at work or go to that Zumba class you’ve wanted to try.*
You could also aim to have a more nutritious diet—it can be as simple as adding a vegetable to every meal and snack or having water with each meal instead of a soda. Remember, improving your diet and increasing your amount of physical activity will reduce your risk of disease and while providing other health benefits—no matter what the scale says.
*Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program or changing your healthcare routine. This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
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- Health Direct. Health Direct Australia, 2014. Web. 5 Jan. 2016.
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. NIH. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, n.d. Web. 5 Jan. 2016.
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