You’re trying on a dress and then it dawns on you that you’re a dress size bigger or let’s say five sizes bigger, anyone it is, an average person feels the pressure to want to lose weight, and of course, the society isn’t helping matters at all, you get educated on all the chronic and deadly illnesses you’re predisposed to if you’re overweight or obese, which could be true.
But weight isn’t a direct function of your health.
Now that you have the urge to shed some fat, what makes you think that extra 5-10kg is dangerous and unhealthy?
Another pressurizing scale is the BMI (Body Mass Index), the BMI, more than we know was actually developed as a statistical sorting tool for researchers and was never meant as a guage for weight loss.
BMI has it’s own advantages such helping you know where you are with your weight, but it is not an accurate guage of wellness.
A study published in the April 20 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that people whose BMIs put them into the overweight category actually had a lower risk of death than people in the normal-weight group. (People who were considered obese still had an increased risk of death.)
Why you might need to lose weight
Let’s put the body image aspect aside, that is not the major to pay much attention to here, to decide whether or not you NEED to lose weight, there are certain pointers you need to pay attention to;
1. How is your lifestyle?
Healthy eating is important whether you’re obese or overweight, also, adequate physical activities is also recommended for everyone, habits like smoking and heavy drinking should be avoided in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you compare people who have a healthy lifestyle to people with an unhealthy lifestyle, the people with the healthy lifestyle have low relative risk and the people with the unhealthy lifestyle have high relative risk, and this is true without regard to weight.
It’s a person’s lifestyle, not his or her weight, that has the most effect on health.
2. What’s your family history?
If there has been history of chronic illnesses associated with weight gain with relatives or close family members, it is important to pay attention to weight gain in order not to be predisposed to such illnesses.
3. What’s your weight history?
If you’ve had consistent weight gain over the years, or you tend to gain weight very easily, it is very important to pay attention to this as you may become obese in a short time and this might predispose you to certain illnesses such as Diabetes.
4. Where is the weight distributed?
Weight gain in the upper part of the body, that is, the abdominal region (above the hips) is very problematic as there might be fat surrounding the organs which could cause severe medical conditions.
5. What’s your waist size?
This is very significant when it comes to your health. The National Institutes of Health has determined that a waist circumference of over 40 inches in men and over 35 inches in women signifies a health risk.
6. What’s your health profile?
Another major pointer is your health profile, if you’ve been battling with a high blood pressure or an unsafe cholesterol level, gaining so much weight might be a very bad idea. This would increase the level of chances of having this chronic illnesses.
7. How do you feel?
Consider losing some weight if you’re obese or overweight and you have joint problems, shortness of breath, or other health troubles that limit your day-to-day living.
In one study comparing the heaviest patients to the lightest, the chance of being diagnosed with osteoarthritis in one knee was more than 6 times in the heavy group.
It isn’t just that heavier people put more weight on their joints, and those joints then degrade over time. It’s also that there seems to be a relationship between the presence of excess fat tissue and inflammation.
Thus, Osteoarthritis probably comes from a combination of excess joint loading plus the inflammatory chemical and hormonal environment that having too much body fat.
A new way to view weight loss
As a society, we have focused on weight loss more than improving fitness and nutrition.
All you need might be a better lifestyle, weighty doesn’t directly mean unhealthy. If you’ve decide to lose weight, lose it for the long run by adopting a lifestyle that works for you, something you can be consistent with.
A 2005 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition noted that about 20 percent of overweight people are successful at long-term weight loss. What happens to the rest of them, they either gain the weight back or become bigger than they were because they weren’t consistent with the practice of weight loss.
Rebecca Scritchfield, D.C. dietitian and author of “Body Kindness,” agrees: “If we broaden the view of health beyond weight or appearance, we will all be free to pursue health in our own individual way.
She further stated that you should make changes that matter to you for reasons that go beyond weight, such as better digestion, more energy, better sleeping patterns or having a better attitude toward food.
“The key factor is to make choices that fit you best, that make you feel good, and trust that you will be at a weight that is healthy for you,” she says.
Weight loss needs to be viewed from a different perspective than the world sees it. If you’ve decided to lose weight, don’t starve yourself or dwell on ridiculous body suffering diets, adopt a lifestyle that would enable weight loss in your own way, a lifestyle you can be consistent with.
Stay healthy and continue to thrive ✌