Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Sorry I've been gone so long, I've been painting the inside of my house. But I'm back now and wondering... What's going on?!?
I"ll bet I read 25 blogs and postings today about the scale and weight, and most of them horrified me. I couldn't believe how much personal power people give away to an inanimate object. I couldn't believe how people tied their success to a number that means absolutely nothing.
Let me make one point perfectly clear, there is no such thing as a healthy "weight". It's a myth, a misnomer, a non-fact. Over all health is determined by health markers such as blood pressure, resting heart rate, cholesterol levels of both HDL and LDL, VO2 Max (a measure of oxygen in the blood), body fat content both vitreous and non-vitreous levels and several others markers as well as physical fitness.
It is possible to have a BMI of 25, 26 or 27 and still not be healthy. Just because you are 5'-5" and weigh 130 lbs doesn't mean you are healthy. You can still have high blood pressure (or low blood pressure for that matter), a rapid pulse, high cholesterol, low VO2, poor muscle tone, etc... and be in the "healthy" range on some weight table.
Losing weight is not the end-all be-all. As a man, I would rather be 15 pounds "over-weight" with 12% body fat than 2 pounds under the cut off line on some table with 20% body fat. Because I know I'm healthier at the lower body fat than the lower weight.
That's why I say people shouldn't pin their hopes to a number on a scale, but rather, look at "Leading health indicators" and track those. If you make yourself healthy and physically fit, the weight will come off. Trust yourself and stop making yourself crazy looking at the scale.
Good luck and JUICE to you all.