I'm often asked the question...
What is my ideal body weight and how can you reach it running?
First there are lots of controversies on what the ideal body weight actually is! Second if you are not at an ideal body weight, how the heck do you get there and/or maintain your ideal body weight?
A quick answer would be:
- Ideal weight is the weight you feel healthy with and to maintain your body weight or lose weight,
- You should live a moderately happy active life with the bulk of your diet, being whole foods!
For interest sake and because everybody likes facts here they are from changingshape.com:
Height and Weight Table for Women
|Weights at ages 25-59 based on lowest mortality. Weight in pounds according to frame (in indoor clothing weighing 3 lbs.; shoes with 1" heels)|
|Weights at ages 25-59 based on lowest mortality. Weight in pounds according to frame (in indoor clothing weighing 5 lbs.; shoes with 1" heels)|
It can be depressing when using the weight scale as an indicator at measuring your weight. Weight does fluctuate between a couple or more pounds in a 48 hour period and that makes it frustrating when you are trying to reach a goal...
Don't pay any attention to the scale, it can sabotage your goals. When you get too connected to the numbers you tend to obsess over weight loss and hence get the opposite of what you wanted...How?
You start skipping out on your workouts and/or binging on food because of you get down on yourself!
There are so many factors that come into play when it comes to weight and the kind of weight you are carrying. Your body is all about fat, muscle and water and in turn something has to happen inside when you want a change.
I'm not going to go too deeply into all of them, but what I will say...If you are having a quality work out session at least 3 separate hours/week you are probably pretty close to your ideal weight. If you are not there yet, you will be soon.
So keep up those quality workouts!
What is a good quality work out so you reach your ideal body weight?
It is a work -out that feels good and you feel in tune with. It is a work out that has you aligned nicely with yourself, where you can think freely and enjoy your surroundings. So you do it often because you love it!
After you are done the work out it feels good! You feel refreshed and can take on your day feeling pretty much in the same way you left your workout.
You will know you have had a good quality work out when you feel these feelings.
What happens when you decide you want to lose weight?
You keep up with your quality workouts and do a little more...
A little more of running or another sport
The thing is you don't want to ruin the quality of your runs or work out, so take it up gradually so that you are still enjoying what you are doing. If you have a weight goal it will come off.
'It took some time to put the weight on, so it is going to take some time to take some weight off.'
You've probably heard this before; the best indicator to measure weight loss is to do a little measuring week by week and watch the increments of weight come off!
I'll talk next post "How to do the Measurements For Weight loss"
It takes more than exercise to lose inches... Think about what you are eating...