Managing your weight

Balance

 

“No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.”
~ Maimonides

 

 

 

Why ideal weight is good for you

You are likely to live longer, with less time being impacted by health issues. It becomes easier to enjoy life and indulge in activities that bring you joy!
More specifically maintaining an ideal weight has the following proven medical benefits:

If you are overweight reducing your weight is likely to lead to:

  • Improved mobility
  • Improved blood sugar levels and decreased risk of diabetes
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Decreased risk of heart disease
  • Decreased risk of certain cancers
  • Decreased joint pain
  • Decreased risk of stroke
  • Reduced back pain
  • Decreased risk, or improvement in symptoms, of osteoarthritis
  • Decreased risk, or improvement in symptoms, of sleep apnoea

If you are underweight increasing your weight is likely to lead to:

  • Improved energy through decreased risk of malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, or anaemia
  • Decreased risk of osteoporosis
  • Improved immune function

Enjoying what you eat and drink

If you choose well what you eat and drink you should be able to enjoy it just as much even if you are trying to gain, lose or maintain weight.

 

Find an ideal weight

In the UK, we have a rule-of-thumb to find the ideal weight range which is called Body Mass Index (BMI). This is a very rough guide and whilst it works well for most people the boundaries are quite broad and it doesn’t work the same for all body types.
Remember that an ideal BMI for one ethnicity may not be right for another.

This video www.acticheck.com/bmivideo  gives a good overview of why BMI can be a misleading measure.

We suggest that you search online for an ‘ideal weight calculator’ and explore what the various formulae suggest.
Pick a target weight, and if you are already there that is great, just make sure to weigh yourself regularly and check that you are not drifting from your target.

 

The next article in this series explores ‘Getting to your ideal weight and staying there’.

 


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