Do I have to be concerned about my weight?
Every day we are bombarded with images of perfect bodies and faces. And sometimes, we are really striving for perfection, also when it comes to our ideal weight. I would really like to fit into my wedding gown (this was almost 25 years ago!) again, but is this realistic? There is an easy way to figure out whether your are overweight and a few simple tips to support your body’s journey towards a healthy weight.
Key points of this video:
⅔ of adults and ⅓ of children in the US are overweight.
Being overweight doesn’t just mean that it is more difficult to exercise or move.
Extra weight contributes to inflammation in the whole body, which in turn causes problems with heart and circulation, and can lead to diabetes, arthritis and cancer.
The good news is that the extra weight is reversible.
The good and bad news are that diet plays the most important role in managing weight: we get to choose what we eat!
BMI - this is not a good way to find out whether you are overweight or not. Many athletes are actually overweight according to this system.
Instead, find out your Waist-to-Hip Ratio. If your ratio is >1 (men) or > 0.85 (women), then consider losing some weight.
Ideal waist circumference is: Women < 35”; Men <40”.
The top 5 factors that affect your weight are
1) Sugar: read labels and reduce or avoid sugar completely. Remember that alcohol, white flours, breads, pastries and pastas are converted into sugar.
2) Wheat: many people have developed a sensitivity to wheat which can inhibit weight loss. It is often due to the herbicide applied to the wheat just before harvested. Find organic bread or bake your own from ancient grains not treated with herbicides.
3) Underactive thyroid: your thyroid might be out of balance. At your next medical checkup, make sure a thyroid panel is included in your blood work. It should test for T3, T4 and TSH.
4) Stress: Tension and stress can cause the rise of certain hormones increasing fat storage. Practice some mindfulness techniques, make time for exercise or do more of what gets you into a zone of bliss.
5) Sleep: Focus on getting quality sleep and watch what might interfere with a good night’s sleep, such as eating a heavy meal less than 3 hours before sleeping and snacking on sugars instead of proteins in the evening. Have a bit of peanut or almond butter with a couple of stalks of celery as an evening snack.