Daily Health Tips update for July 24:
If you’re feeling less than pumped about getting into a tank top or swimsuit this summer, consider reading these tips. A large percent of Americans struggle with their weight, but what is an ideal weight? And is it the same set of standards for everyone?
My ideal weight was when I graduated college, or before I had kids.
It’s fine to want to get back down to a size from a year or two ago, but if you’re hoping to reclaim the hot body from your college years, give yourself a break. As we age our metabolism slows and we naturally gain weight. Figure out what works for your lifestyle now and stop living in the past.
I'll find my ideal weight on a standard height and weight chart.
There’s a whole lot that goes into determining your ideal weight like body type, muscle mass and number of fat cells. And it’s all different, for everyone. BMI index charts are approximations and don’t take into consideration these other factors.
My ideal weight is the lowest number I’ve hit on past diets.
If you’ve yo-yo dieted for years and keep gaining the weight back, maybe your dieting goals are too unrealistic. Pick a goal you know you can reach and maintain; otherwise you’re putting your body through undue stress, which can actually slow your metabolism over time.
The less I weigh, the healthier I’ll be.
False. Weight is only one factor in your overall health. If you’re overweight, studies actually show that dropping a mere 5-10 percent of your current weight will help you reap plenty of health benefits, such as lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke and other ailments.