This week we’re celebrating national Healthy Weight Week! Being that it’s January and most New Year’s resolutions revolve around weight loss, weight has probably been on your mind. Even if you are a healthy weight, you are hearing about it in the media, from your friends, and at the dinner table with your family.
First of all, what is a “healthy” weight? You may have heard of BMI, or Body Mass Index. This has been the long-time standard in evaluating morbidity in regards to “healthy” vs. “unhealthy” weight, but is it accurate? And more importantly, does it matter to you? Does it make a difference to you?
In asking this question of New Orleanians, it is clear that a complete picture of a person is necessary when it comes to assessing what “healthy weight” means. Uncontrollable elements that affect weight are height, bone density, body type (endomorph, mesomorph, ectomorph), and body composition (the innate ratio of body muscle to fat). Perhaps a more useful definition would include how a person feels. Do you feel capable of climbing up stairs, for instance? Do you have energy to get through the day? Does it feel good to be in your body?
Following the Eastern Medical philosophies, the belief is that the important factor in dealing with weight issues is getting to the root cause of said issues. Positive body image and establishing a healthy relationship with food is what counts, and can help you reach your weight goals. Stanford University School of Medicine conducted a study, which concluded that participants with a positive body image were more successful at losing and maintaining weight for a year than those who were discontent with their bodies.
To sum up, during Healthy Weight Week, the focus shouldn’t be so much on gaining and losing weight, but rather on restoring balance, health and well-being. This national initiative is all about accepting yourself where you are, and moving forward from there. Here are some tips for all of us to remember:
- Set realistic guidelines for yourself.
- Focus on positive lifestyle changes. Just as many weight issues start with small steps in the wrong direction, small steps in the RIGHT direction REALLY add up!
- Appreciate yourself. Create positive relationships with family, friends, and food.
- Enjoy your eating experience by eating a variety of foods. Do not diet or obsess on food, weight, or calories. Eat when hungry, stop when full.
- Move your body. Find a form of movement you enjoy: ride a bike, do yoga, learn to dance or join a local sports league for fun.
- Take time out for yourself to do things that nourish your body. Try our combo massage and acupuncture treatments, which will leave you feeling balanced and rejuvenated.