Your Healthy Weight Can Mean More Than Just ‘Skinny’

The annual Healthy Weight Week wrapped up last week, but the message is one that doesn’t expire. As described on the website:

The 19th annual Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy, diet-free living habits that last a lifetime and that also prevents eating and weight problems. Our bodies cannot be shaped at will. But we can all be accepting, healthy and happy at our natural weights.

I love what this message promotes: A healthy weight does not always equal skinny. Now there is a catch here — a healthy weight does not always equal overweight or obese, either. So is it fair to say moderation is the key here?

What’s Your Number?

The way to tell whether you’re at a healthy weight for your height is by figuring out your Body Mass Index (BMI). There are three categories of weight classification: normal range, overweight and obese.

There is a catch here too: Since muscle and bone are denser than fat, an athletic or muscular person may have a high BMI but not be fat.

  • Normal range — BMI of 18.5-24.9
  • Overweight range — 25-29.9
  • Obese range — 30 and above

Here’s a simple way to check your BMI.

Bottom Line

So what does all of this mean? My takeaway from Healthy Weight Week is to be healthy, happy and comfortable in your moderation. You should be active a minimum of three days a week (five is ideal) and eat healthy for the most part (by this I mean limiting fast food and unhealthy foods and eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, etc.) while allowing the treat once in a while.

I think having a healthy weight is about feeling good about you, having a healthy self image and positive self-talk. We all know how we feel when we are at our best, having a healthy weight is the same.

If you don’t feel you are at your healthy weight, make 2012 the year to achieve this! Here are some of my past blogs to get you started.

What do you do to stay at a healthy weight?

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