It seems like in today’s society, every time you turn around there is some new, hip health trend on the market. People are always looking for a way to look amazing without having to put in a lot of work. It is typically beaten into our heads at a young age that we have to have a certain body type and weight. But are the old ideals of yesteryear still accurate today? Science is actually saying no.
BMI isn’t Necessarily YOU
The body mass index is a scaled we all learned about when we started to get into our teens and early twenties. It is a scientific scale that measures our weight according to how tall we are. It used to be that you had to stay within a certain weight category according to your height. However, some people are questioning the validity of this method.
Say, for example, you are an Olympic lifter. You work out hard every day, you base your diet around your training, and you have been given a clean bill of health every time you go see your doctor. Unfortunately, according to your doctor you are obese. How can it possibly be that you are obese when you are training as an Olympic lifter and are in the best shape of your life? According to the BMI index, if you carry around more weight than what your height should allow you are overweight.
For many people this is extremely frustrating. Athlete bodies are constantly changing to meet the demands of their training. Some days the scale may say they are overweight and other days it may say they are underweight. It most typically depends on what type of activity that they are involved in and what type of demands are placed on their body every day.
Being overweight isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It doesn’t always mean that a person is unhealthy. There are some body types out there that are naturally built bigger because of genetics and they live long, healthy lives even though the BMI says otherwise.
Thin people aren’t always the healthiest people either. Just because they aren’t carrying around a lot of extra weight, doesn’t necessarily they are healthier than a person who is heavier set than they are. A thin person can actually have just as many issues trying to stay healthy as anyone else.
Stop Looking at the Scale
So many of us spend a ton of time tied to the scale. If you are trying to lose some extra weight because you just want to look better, good for you. Stay away from the scale in the beginning. The number on the scale doesn’t make you who you are today. Just because you may be carrying around a little bit of extra weight doesn’t mean that you are unhealthy. Do what makes you feel best and stop letting the fad diets and ideal weights make you think differently about yourself. Remember that there will always be a new ideal of what the perfect body is coming out in a few days. Is trying to keep up really worth your time?