For most Westerners, the answer to the question as to how much we should weigh could probably be safely answered in this way: “Less than we do”. That answer is intentionally vague for two reasons:
1. The grim reality is that most of us are at least somewhat overweight. Life in the 21st century means busy schedules, out of control portion sizes, convenience foods, sugar in everything, eating on the run (which is the only exercise we get) and on and on the infractions go. So, it is a given that most of us are overweight. The question is, “how overweight are we”?
2. Maybe we’re not all as overweight as charts and statistics would seem to indicate. Many of us have a tendency to obsess over the number we see registered on the scale each morning. We tried so hard to cut back on the calories yesterday, but this morning, the scale mocks us with the same number as yesterday! It’s not “the number” that is killing us, folks. It is the percentage of our body weight that is composed of fat.
Are you serious about weight loss? I’m giving you information, go see my friend Isabel to learn HOW to lose weight easily.
We’ve got to get numbers out of our heads and fill our thoughts instead with sound knowledge about nutrition and eating habits. Reduce your portions, eliminate sugar and excessive fat, walk, or do other exercise when you can…and you will lose weight.
You may never get down to that magic number on the chart or graph, but that number may in fact not even be your ideal weight, anyway. In fact, many scientists say that we are each created with a weight that is genetically right for us. Further, that weight may span a range of 35 or more pounds, depending upon our own genetic make-up and body composition.
Does that mean that most of us should stop dieting? Yes and no. Yes, because “dieting” isn’t good for any of us. The best one can hope for with a “diet” is a little temporary loss of weight and a lot of frustration. What we must do, instead of the dieting that most of us have come to know and hate, is to begin to eat in a way that is conducive to good health, and not necessarily to weight loss.
Reduce your intake of fats such as those used in most bakery items (hydrogenated) and those found in animal products such as beef, pork, and cheese (saturated fats).
Eliminate, or least drastically reduce, your intake of sugar. Read labels on all foods and be wary of those that include “high fructose corn syrup” near the top of the ingredient list.
Cut your portion sizes down by at least a third. Walk even short distances whenever you can. Keep in mind that your foremost goal should be health…not necessarily weight loss. Institute a plan for healthful eating for yourself and your children. Focus less on numbers. Until next time!