“I really wanna lose three pounds” isn’t just an iconic line from our favorite Mean Girl Regina George, it echoes our never-ending frustration we have with our weight. Whenever we go on diet, we always have a goal weight in mind. We picture it as the magic number that will change our entire lives.
But how often do we find ourselves instantly adjusting our ideal weight a few pounds less once we go nearer our initial target? As we go nearer our goals, that moment of pure pleasure and fulfillment is snatched by the realization that we can aim for a smaller dress or swimsuit instead.
THE HEALTHY “IDEAL WEIGHT”
That’s why it’s important to find that healthy ideal weight instead! But brace yourselves: it takes more than just finding that magic number. Finding your Body Mass Index (BMI), for example, has long been considered as the scientific method to calculating your body weight. This is computed by a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. Health authorities worldwide mostly agree that:
1. People with a BMI of less than 18.5 are underweight.
2. A BMI of between 18.5 and 25 is ideal.
3. Somebody with a BMI between 25 and 30 is classed as overweight.
4. A person with a BMI over 30 is obese.
It’s also common to find weight and health guide charts to help you get a range of where you should be playing at. However, at the very core—BMI and these charts provide a very simple measurement which does not take into account the person’s waist, chest, or hip measurements. And it also won’t guarantee that you’ll look like your #fitnessgoals, because it doesn’t consider muscularity, proportions, where your body particularly stores fat, and your age.
That’s why when it comes to finding your healthy ideal weight, it’s very important to consider how you arrive at that number. Did you eat more of the healthier options, or did you just eat less of your usual junk food? Did you exercise, or did you just deprive yourself of eating enough?
To help you get a better grasp of your gauge in terms of your lifestyle, here are 6 signs you’re already at your healthy weight.
6 SIGNS YOU’RE AT A HEALTHY “IDEAL WEIGHT”
1. You eat mostly whole, non-processed foods.
If you aren’t getting the majority of your calories from real (A.K.A, not processed) food, then it’s already a great sign you’re already on the right track. They are healthier, more filling, and much less likely to cause overeating!
Thinking of starting today? You can begin by switching up your junk with snacks that use all-natural and local ingredients!
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2. You’re exercising well!
If you’re exercising vigorously three to five days per week, and actively avoid prolonged periods of being solitary—whether in the form of hours spent typing at your office desk, or Netflix and chill-ing by your couch, then you’re working it right, girl!
Saving up on money or can’t find the time to travel to a gym or studio at the moment? Don’t let those excuses derail you! A great way to work out even with an on-the-go lifestyle is to just use a jump rope. Compared to jogging for 30 minutes, jumping rope may actually burn more calories. This aerobic exercise can achieve a “burn rate” of up to 1,300 calories per hour of vigorous activity. Ten minutes of jumping rope can roughly be considered the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile!
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3. You’re alive and kicking—without the need for unhealthy boosts!
Don’t need to down 4 cups of coffee or caffeine-packed energy drinks to stay productive in the office or at school? Congratulations! This is a great indicator of good health and wellness.
If you’re still not fully confident about how strong you can last, you can always pack up some energy the vegan way: with energy bites! They’re a guilt-free snack on-the-go which uses a low glycemic plant-based sweetener. Perfect for those with blood sugar concerns! Moreover, it helps improves bowel movement with its high fiber content.
WE LOVE: Veganola PH Cookie Butter Energy Bites (Tub of 20), P280
4. You’re close to your weight goal, and it’s stable.
If you’re near your ideal weight, and have been staring down at the same number on the scale for years, your body is probably healthy and happy right where it is. Even if you think there’s room for some minor tweaks here and there!
While we’ve stressed the importance of maintaining that weight with a healthy diet, another good hack is to keep having your own water wherever you go. That way, you can stay hydrated without the extra calories of sugar-laced drinks! Plus, imagine all the money you can save just by refusing the urge to buy a drink when you’re thirsty.
WE LOVE: Stanley Classic Vacuum Water Bottle (18oz/ 532ml), P1,389
5. You’re getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep.
Getting enough sleep every night means your body won’t be fatigued when you’re wide awake, and that means your metabolism would be running at its optimum level! That will help you digest your food and burning calories the right way every day.
Having trouble sleeping due to the growing pains of the 24/7 lifestyle? Try a sleep deep magnesium spray at night to get that amazing beauty sleep!
WE LOVE: Neutra Organics Sleep Deep Magnesium Spray, P700
6. You’re happy with how you look!
At the end of the day, what matters is how you see yourself in the mirror. If you’re always comparing yourself to Gigi Hadid, it’s hard to ever settle for anything less than long slender limbs. According to Isabel Smitha, a New York City-based celebrity dietitian: “BMI is tricky because it doesn’t account for fat versus muscle. Healthy weight charts and calculators can be helpful tools, but they’re not the be-all-end-all, and there are certainly other factors to be considered.”
Start with your happiness. Smith says your ideal weight should be a place where you feel happy and are healthy. “By focusing on adopting healthy, positive behaviors, you’ll start to feel better about your body—and you’ll likely improve your overall health and body composition, too.”
We couldn’t agree more!
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