Ever think about this? This question is important because if you are overweight, you stand a greater chance in shortening your life.
You will find that people who are overweight are the perfect candidate for developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, joint problems, sleep and lung problems, gallbladder disease and a host of other terminal diseases. It is acknowledged that people with abdominal body fat or with the “apple shape” are at a higher health risk than those with the “pear shape”.
Basically, your ideal weight depends on how tall you are, your body buildup and whether you are a man or a woman. One of the best ways of calculating a healthy weight is to work out your body mass index (BMI) by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared. The standard ideal BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. You may want to know that you risk yourself of a number of health problems – the health risk rises significantly from BMI of 27 with anything over 29.9 poses a serious health concern.
There is also another simple way to check for a healthy weight, i.e. by measuring your waist. Generally women with a waist circumference of over 88 cm or 35 inches, or men with waists of more than 102 cm or 40 inches are at a much higher risk for diseases!
To overcome the issue of ideal weight, the best is to decide what a healthy, achievable and sustainable weight is for you and give yourself a time frame to achieve it. Nevertheless, you should take it slowly by losing a kilogram or so a month since weight lost too quickly may come back quickly though.
To make it happens, I would suggest that you set a number of short-term goals. This will let you have a sense of achievement and to reward yourself with some non-food treats when you achieve them.
Cheers towards achieving an ideal body weight for a better body and be young and healthy!