The overweight condition in the United States and much of the world is talked about and written about everywhere we turn. We read charts to compare our height and where our weight should be. What if we’re only five pounds over the recommended weight? Should we seek to aggressively reduce that amount? We will discuss what factors constitute unhealthy weight and what we can do about it.
Indications of unhealthy weight
There are several factors that can help you determine if you are at an unhealthy weight. First of all, what is your fitness level? Fitness is defined as good physical condition. That basically means your body is functioning free of any disease or conditions leading to disease. So you can know that you are within a healthy weight for you by your fitness level.
Another factor to consider is your diet and eating habits. If you eat a healthy, balanced diet of proteins, fruits, vegetables, and fats in healthy portions, then you can be relatively sure you are at a healthy weight.
If you have taken tests for cholesterol, blood sugar levels, hypertension, and others and your readings show a slight elevation of these levels, you may want to reduce your weight to bring these levels to normal. Even though there are people within normal weight ranges with higher readings than normal, if you are even slightly overweight it would pay to reduce.
If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes or heart disease, you need to reduce any unhealthy weight immediately. You will experience the benefits of reducing your weight even if only by 5 – 10%.
There are things you can do to make it easier to reduce unhealthy weight.
Make it your number one priority to lose weight to reduce health problems. Excess weight shortens life and in the meantime reduces the quality of life.
Increase your fitness level with physical activity. If you don’t want to go to a fancy gym or hire a personal trainer, you can increase your physical activity by simply walking every day.
Make lifestyle changes rather than go on a diet. The first three letters in the word “diet” are d-i-e. If you’ve tried dieting, you can agree with how it disrupts your life and make you feel like you’re dying. That’s why diets don’t work because nothing can last that makes you feel this way. Gradually making lifestyle changes invite you to cooperate with them in getting you to better health.
Love and accept yourself as you are now. You will feel you are worth the time and effort to reduce your unhealthy weight.