Weight is a bit of a taboo subject, because you always fall into one of two categories: You need to lose weight, or you need to put it on. However, there are a lot of things you need to keep in mind regarding weight. Mainly your body structure, if you have a wide pelvis, you’re going to need a little more weight on you, where as if you have a narrow pelvis, you’ll need less weight.
Also, ladies come in all shapes and sizes, and breasts do weigh a fair whack, so if you’re weighing yourself (and you are female or have breast tissue), take about 18lbs off what your scales tell you, because your breast tissue will give you a false positive so to speak, and nothing short of a double mastectomy is going to remove that 14 – 24lbs.
It is also advisable that you don’t weight yourself daily. Weighing yourself to such an extent can lead to harmful rituals, such as anorexia or bulimia. Our bodies naturally fluctuate in weight. On Monday you could be 90kg, but one Tuesday you could be 93kg. It is a natural and very normal thing due to our bodies retaining vital things like water. If you are a scale person, try to do it at the same time every time, and don’t weigh yourself more than 3 times a week.
If you’re looking at trying to gain a little weight, but don’t want the fat, you could try exercising or bulking up. Muscle weighs more than fat, and with the added muscle, you’ll not only feel healthier, but will also find you can eat more of what you like and not feel guilty. Some of the Team GB Olympics team can consume in excess of 6000 calories a day, some 2.5 times the recommended calorie intake for a grown man!
If you have a weight issue that you can’t work out, speak to your doctor, for it may be an early indicator that something is wrong, usually it’s Diabetes or Thyroid problems, both easily treated and if found soon enough, exceptionally easy to live with.
Obviously, if your diet consists of fast food only, but you want to lose a little bit of weight, you need to change your eating habits, however, set aside a day a week for treats, and that way you won’t feel like you’re punishing yourself. Plus, you’ll be amazed at how much more you appreciate your little treats when you do have them.
When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, you need to do it by trial and error, no 2 people are the same, and as such, you need to find a balance that suits you and your own goals.