Most women have sized up their bodies to someone else’s, but you should know that there are so many women and bodies and body types, it’s easy to start asking yourself: What should I weigh?
Debating your weight based only on what you can see in the mirror, on the scale.
You’ve likely heard of using the BMI (body mass index) formula to see if your weight falls within a healthy range, but a recent study carried out by UCLA psychologists , and published in the International Journal of Obesity, showed that it’s a completely unreliable measure of health.
Some guidelines if you want to do a temperature check on where your weight’s at: A waist circumference higher than 35 inches and a body fat percentage of 32 percent or higher, is an indicator that your weight may be in an unhealthy sphere.
WEIGHT CHANGE ISN’T NECESSARILY A BAD THING
You go from 130 to 135 and suddenly you’re spiraling into a late-night web search for diet tricks. Stop. Fad diets suck. But you don’t! “A healthy weight changes on a continuum,” Scritchfield says. So you can be at a good weight now, gain or lose a few pounds, and still be completely ’normal.’ Why? “There are biological and hormonal changes that occur in your 30s, after pregnancy, and later in life that can impact your weight,” Scritchfield says.
So small changes in weight? Cool! Giant swings? Probably not. That could be a sign of a bigger problem (unless you were recently put on a medication where weight gain is a side effect), so in that case, it’s best to talk to your doctor.
IF YOU CAN GET PHYSICAL, YOU’RE GOOD
You don’t have to posting #fitspo pics 24/7, but you should be able to move and be agile. If you start to notice that your mobility is limited, it could be a sign that your weight is an issue. For example, if you used to run an 10-minute mile, but now you can barely bend over to tie your shoes, your weight may be causing some health issues. It’s not about size, it’s about ability.
HAVE “THE TALK” WITH YOUR DOCTOR
Can you be heavy and healthy? Is skinny fat a real thing? Yes and yes. So schedule a visit with your physician to get tested. If your blood pressure is normal, your cholesterol is on the up and up (or, in this case, on the down low), than it’s likely that your body is right where it’s supposed to be.
And that’s something that you can only know by looking on the inside.