What is your ’ideal weight?’ You’ve just had your nutritional consultation and you were traumatized by your ideal weight, an unimaginable number that you are nowhere near! How will you ever reach it?
The Ideal Weight Dilemma
While the ideal weight gives an idea of what your weight should be for your body, weight loss is not just about reaching a number! We are often obsessed, that every day we should be getting on the scale and noticing the number go down. This is not always the case. If you are eating healthy and following a fitness routine, there is progress!
Progress is not always measured by a number. Sometimes its just best to avoid the scale for a month while you make healthy changes in your lifestyle. Focus on an eating plan that provides healthy habits that will stay with you for life, where you won’t have to obsessively focus on your body weight. This could be holding you back from reaching your goal.
It’s Your Goal!
Try this out for a change. Don’t chase your ‘ideal’ weight, instead set a goal with your dietitian towards a ‘healthy’ weight. This should be a weight that you are comfortable with and realistic to reach, where it minimizes health risks of diseases, and where you are able to make nutritious food choices and increase fitness practices. It’s not a diet; it’s a lifestyle change! Therefore, weeks may turn into months, making it a slow progress yet with dedication, it’s a long-term permanent change. Remember, even a small amount of weight loss has big benefits to your health and decreases the chances of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Therefore, although you may not directly see the physical changes, internally you are getting healthier.
Part of healthy diet plan is a fitness routine that complements it. If you are building muscle with exercise and toning your body, this may not show up as a number on the scale. Muscle is more dense than fat, this effect on your body composition due to exercise leads to losing body fat and building muscle, ultimately making you healthy.
Success isn’t just measured on the scale. There are other ways to notice yourself losing weight or getting healthier. You might feel your clothes getting loser, if you love tracking numbers then your measurements such as waist, hips, thighs, arms may be changing. You might look different in the mirror, more toned. Another important effect, how you feel! You may feel more energetic, healthier and stronger; daily tasks are easier, or you might find yourself performing well at the gym and start adding extra repetitions.
Therefore, put the scale away and focus on health! Eat well and workout (even just a little) and you will successfully reach your goal!