Ok, lets end this once and for all…Bone thin is not healthy! The obsession to be thin is an epidemic. Despite the skyrocketing rates of obesity in our society, thin, not healthy, is the image that is constantly shoved down our throats. While it is unhealthy to carry around a lot of extra weight, a few pounds within 5-10, is not the end of the world.
The best way to figure out what a healthy weight is for your size and frame is to fall within the range that the following chart illustrates. The chart gives each height a 10 pound range to aim for so if you are in that range, it shouldn’t be your daily burden to “lose those last 5 pounds”. If you are exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet, you shouldn’t be comparing yourself to the starlets on the red carpet. You should be happy and grateful that you are at a healthy weight and that your health is top notch.
For those who fall outside of the range for your height, it’s ok. While you may be 5’4 and want to weigh 115, if you happen to be 140 now, perhaps a healthier goal is 130. Lighter weights are hard to maintain if you aren’t a disciplined dieter (which by the way is incredibly unhealthy and bad for your thyroid) and some folks look better with a little extra meat on their bones. Also remember that muscle weighs more then fat and that certain frames work better with some weight to them.
And just FYI, skinny is not necessarily fit or healthy. There are plenty of thin folks out there that are riddled with health problems, have zero muscle tone and are just as unhealthy as their obese counterparts. While a high metabolism, or a tapeworm, might be keeping off the pounds, who wants to be malnourished, weak and fatigued when a few more healthy pounds and a bit of weight lifting could do them good? Looks can be deceiving my friends!
While we all know that everyone is different, we tend to listen to our kooky voices that look at the models and celebrities, wondering what it will take to look like them. I’ll tell you what that is: personal trainers, hours at the gym daily, personal chefs, hair and makeup artists, spanx and photoshop. Stop beating yourself up and know that you are beautiful no matter what your shape and so long as you are living a healthy lifestyle (now be honest with yourself here) then you are in a rockin’ good place.
With some simple tips, you can drop some extra pounds to get you started but don’t fret if you plateau, just be thankful for your health and your unique beauty!
- Drink water first thing in the morning, at least 8 ounces, before consuming anything else
- Switch to healthier sugars if you are hell bent on satiating your sweet tooth. Try raw agave syrup, dates or stevia on for size so you can still have your once-in-a-while treats without throwing your digestive system into overdrive.
- Opt for cleaner burning proteins as much as possible such as nuts, seeds and legumes.
- Ditch the dairy. Yep, it’s full of sugar, fat and virtually indigestible. Don’t worry about calcium, you can get plenty of it from fortified nut milks, organic orange juice, spinach, kale, seaweed and healthy supplements.
- Get movin’! Even if it’s a brisk walk around the block on your lunch break, every bit counts. My personal fave: a rebounder! 30 minutes of jumping on my trampoline while watching my favorite trashy show is some of my best “me” time during the day! It’s great to drain your lymphatic system, gets your heart rate up and low impact on your joints and back.
- Ease off stimulants like caffeine. Did you know coffee and soda is no good for cellulite? Yep, it dehydrates your cells, causing the dreaded dimpling. Nourish with water and tea all day long.
- Fiber! Eat your veggies and your whole grains and that’s a big plus in the weight loss game 😉
- Say no to fat and oil. Good fats from avocado, nuts and seeds are great but limit your fat consumption otherwise such as ordering dressings on the side, baked instead of fried, etc. Easy to do and get used to.
- Decompress. Stress does not do a body good and when it comes to weight, it’s a major c!@# blocker. Stress causes a hormone called cortisol to be produced in the body at higher rates, a hormone that promotes weight gain. Stop stressing!
I could go on for pages and pages but I just want to start making small changes that will make lasting changes along with changing your mindset to love the skin you’re in, not someone else’s!