We are all aware of the need to take care of our health, but figuring out the best way to do so can be confusing.
Magazine articles and TV shows are constantly offering new and often conflicting advice, leaving many of us so overwhelmed that we just give up and slump back in our chairs.
However, taking care of our health doesn’t need to be so complicated. The real trick is to simplify things by just making small, simple changes.
There is no need for complicated crash diets or so-called miracles – a nutritious and well-balanced diet of whole foods is more than sufficient. Pricy gym memberships or complex fitness regimes are also unnecessary – just increase your movement levels. Don’t forget to also consider your mental wellbeing by avoiding harmful stress where possible and ensuring you get enough sleep.
Despite many years of yo-yo dieting, as a nation, we are becoming heavier. With this weight increase comes higher risks of heart disease, breathing issues, infertility problems, diabetes and arthritis, amongst other issues.
Face the Facts
It is important to be realistic – are you ‘light as a feather,’ or being ‘weighed down’ by your choices? Hopping on the scales offers us a valuable insight into our health, but it does have limitations.
Follow this advice for how best to track your weight:
- Get the big picture. Instead of relying on weight alone, look at this against other fat-loss indicators to gain a fuller picture. Waist measurement is a helpful factor, as fat stored in this area is frequently linked with health issues, including diabetes and heart disease. Men should aim for a waist to hip ratio below 1, while women should aim for less than 0.85.
- Don’t obsess about the number on the scales. This number should be thought of simply as a guide to your progress. It is not a reliable measure of your health, or even of your fat levels.
- Choose when and how often you want to weigh yourself, and stick to it. Opt for once a week or once a month, and try to measure on the same day of the week and at a similar time to ensure consistency and to offer you the most accurate picture of your progress.
- Don’t feel discouraged if the number on the scales isn’t going down. A huge increase is, of course, not desirable, but to begin with, a stable weight is no cause for concern. If you are beginning to enjoy a healthier diet and increasing activity levels and muscle mass, it is likely that your fat levels are getting lower, which will not necessarily be seen on the scales.
- Finally, set yourself goals aside from weight loss. Weight loss alone has little meaning – the improved health, increased confidence and greater happiness levels that go alongside this are what we should be aiming for. Motivate yourself with a fitness challenge, learn a new skill or volunteer to help others.
Aim to look your best, whatever your weight, so you can present yourself with confidence. When you feel good about yourself, the scales lose their power over you and become your ally, rather than your nemesis.
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