There are many positive benefits of maintaining a healthy body weight. And that should be reason enough for us to pursue that goal. But I think we should be more intense about our weight goals. I think we should be addicted to maintaining our healthy weight. So, that we can be naturally high on life, and enjoy life to the fullest. I will give my reasons below, but let’s define what is healthy weight first.
The generally accepted way to calculate Healthy weight is BMI (Body Mass Index). It is calculated from our height and weight. BMI is a good gauge for estimating our body fat and can be a good indicator to assess our risk for various diseases that can occur with high body fat. The different BMI categories are given below:
|Underweight||= BMI of less than 18.5|
|Normal weight||= 18.5 to 24.9|
|Overweight||= 25 to 29.9|
|Obesity||= BMI of 30.0 or greater|
For more detailed information about BMI click here.
We should strive or as I suggested be addicted to maintaining our weight in the “Normal Weight” BMI category. And my reasons are given below:
Healthy body weight reduces your risk of developing serious body fat related health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, high blood pressure, breathing problems, and certain types of cancers.
It also keeps your immune system in better shape protecting you from an environment laden with various harmful forms of bacteria, virus, etc.
For detailed information about health risk associated with obesity click here.
Feel good about yourself
Heathy body weight means a fitter and happier you. It will make you feel younger which will in turn make you more confident about your physical abilities. You will have more energy to deal with your day to day life, and it will boost up your self-esteem.
With your weight reduced you will be able to breath better, and you will have improved quality of sleep, and you will also notice fewer body aches and pains.
As you lose weight, your posture will also improve, and you will be able to wear better fitting clothes.
Be fit enough to enjoy your life
A healthier you will be able to, better handle any stress that life throws at you. A healthy body will be home to a healthy mind. You will be able to lower the occurrence of brain fog and hence have more mental clarity. And also keep various age-related mental health issues at bay.
With improved energy and vitality, you will have improved social life. Your risk appetite will improve, you will be open to new experiences, travel more if that is your thing, and be open to meeting more new people. And it will also add more candles to your birthday cake. With improved mobility and pain-free joints, you will be leading your birthday celebrations.
Better sex life
Having a healthy body weight will keep your hormones in check and will improve your testosterone levels. Which will make you feel good about yourself and improve your self-esteem. Obesity is one of the main reasons for erectile dysfunction, so healthy body weight helps on this front also.
Being fit will improve your stamina, and will assist you with your performance anxiety. With your improved self-confidence, you will also take more initiative. And if you are trying to conceive, reducing your body weight will improve your fertility rate.
Healthy body weight will cut money spend on your medical bill into half. Obesity is considered one of the leading cause of many of the big diseases like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, high blood pressure, breathing problems, types of cancers, osteoporosis, and age-related mental issues like dementia, Parkinson’s disease, etc. There is no cure for these diseases in modern medicine. Medicine can only be used to manage these conditions. So, if you suffer from these conditions, you will be taking medicine for your whole life.
If you can reduce your weight, you will be able to wean off your medications slowly. You will be able to save a lot of money on medicine and hospitalization, that you don’t have to take any more. Also, you will be able to reduce the age-related medical expenses as you grow old. Maintaining a healthy weight will keep your self-reliant into your old age.
Be an example for the people around you
One of the main reasons I started managing my weight is my two-year-old. I want to be there when she grows up and be part of the wonderful things that she will do in her life. Obesity related issues is a major concern all around the world. Even our young ones are getting diabetes, cholesterol, and other diseases at a very early age.
I believe, if I can be an example to my little one, my family and friends by eating healthy, exercising, adopting healthy habits, I will be doing my bit to reduce this obesity epidemic. And so can you.
In this blog, I will be recording my journey and share my discoveries.