Finding Your Perfect Weight

by Carla Henderson

There are many ways to find the perfect weight for you. When I was trying to lose 10 pounds, I just made a list of all my favorite foods and then wrote down how much each food weighed in grams or ounces on an online calculator so that when it came time for me to eat something unhealthy (i.e., ice cream), I would know what else could be eaten instead because calories add up quickly!

 

If you've ever found yourself envying the "perfect" weight of those models in magazines, it's important to remember that these weights are not set by a scientific standard. There is no one correct way for everyone to determine what their perfect body size should be! However, there are some tips and tricks when trying to figure out your own goal weight: if you're more muscular or have higher proportions than average (long arms and legs), then scale back on calories; If you feel good about how heavy your clothes hang off of you but want them tighter around the waistline then cut back a little bit on food intake- maybe even try calorie tracking apps like MyFitnessPal so as long as diet remains healthy this won't do any harm

As you begin your weight loss journey, its important to figure out what weight is best for your individual situation, and work towards this goal.

 

You can begin determining your perfect weight by calculating your BMI. Body Mass Index is a tool widely used to determine your body fat percentage. It is based on height and weight. There are many calculators online to determine your BMI quickly and easily. Your doctor can do this for you, as well. A normal BMI runs between 18 and 24. Obesity begins at 25. By determining your Body Mass Index, you can set a target for your goal weight. Play around with the calculator, and see how much weight you need to lose to get your BMI within a healthy range.

 

When setting a goal weight, you should also keep your genes in mind. If your grandmother and mother were both rounded individuals with ample padding on their hips and thighs, chances are your genes are working against you. There are generally two body shapes – apple (extra weight around the middle) and pear (extra weight around the hips). Apple shaped body types are at a greater risk for health problems, as excess belly fat is linked to high cholesterol and heart disease. You can work within your genetic makeup to a certain extent, but it pays to be aware of where your body type comes from.

 

The last factor that influences your choice of the “perfect weight” is personal preference. Your BMI may show you as being average weight if you weigh 105 pounds. But will you be comfortable? There is such a thing as too skinny, as well as too heavy. Take your personal comfort with your appearance into account as well when setting a weight loss goal. If you have lost weight and feel comfortable and healthy, you may want to begin maintaining – even if you’re not at the weight suggested by the charts, graphs, and media. It is important to be comfortable in your own skin. Keep looking in the mirror – chances are you’ll recognize when you reach the perfect weight.