Are you ready to make a real change in your health and lifestyle? If so, then you may want to know more about maintaining a healthy weight.
For many, a healthy weight may seem out of reach. Or, it might seem confusing.
What is a healthy weight? Why should you maintain one and why does it matter? What tips might help you to better stay at a healthy weight your whole life?
In this article, we will try to answer all these questions and more.
Benefits Of Maintaining A Healthy Weight
There are many benefits to staying at a healthy weight for your height and age.
This can include a lower risk for diseases regularly associated with obesity. Diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure can be avoided by maintaining a healthy weight.
Other benefits include a longer, healthier life. You can remain more active throughout your lifetime, and hopefully be more capable, even at an older age.
Being at the right weight can also mean that you appear healthier (because you will, in fact, be healthier). You will not seem gaunt, nor will you seem overweight.
What Is A Healthy Weight?
A healthy weight is different for each person. It depends upon your height, frame, age, and sex.
Just understand that being underweight or just thin may not mean that you are healthy.
Just as being a bit overweight does not really mean you are unhealthy.
Some people use the Body Mass Index (BMI) to calculate whether they are over or underweight. There are lots of BMI calculators online.
The common rule of thumb is that adult women should have a waist smaller than 35 inches. Adult men should have a waist smaller than 40 inches.
But understand that BMI alone is not a good predictor of overall health.
Strive For Lifelong Change
The best way to maintain a healthy weight is to eat right and remain active. Try to eat a balanced diet. Be sure that you are exercising regularly. Both cardio and strength training is recommended.
Do not think that you can just do these for a while, then go back to old habits, and maintain your healthy weight. You will, in fact, gain back weight or lose weight. Your health could be deteriorating, even if you are not aware of it.
Instead, follow a good diet and remain active your whole life. Although this may seem daunting, the results are worth it.