How Do You Know When You’ve Reached a Healthy Weight?

Over 40% of American adults are obese, according to the CDC. Everyone knows that reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is a primary factor toward staying healthy for the long term. 

The problem for many is, where does weight loss need to stop and how do you know when you’ve reached a healthy weight? And how do you maintain the weight level you have achieved? 

Determining your healthy weight involves more than a simple combination of numbers on a scale or body mass index (BMI) chart. Every woman is different and various factors impact how you determine your ideal weight for superior health. 

Dr. Sydel Legrande and our skilled team at ALTOGETHER LOVELY specialize in women’s health issues and medical aesthetics, including customized weight loss solutions and body sculpting treatments. Our goal is to help every woman in the Tampa, Florida, area reach and maintain a healthy weight and live their best life. 

So how do you know when you’ve reached a healthy weight? We rely on some basic indicators to help you determine the answer to that question. 

BMI

BMI is a way of determining the amount of fat you carry using your height and weight measurements. The National Institute of Health published a Body Mass Index Table where you can easily look up your height and weight and find your exact BMI reading, but generally: 

Your BMI is just one indicator that we use to help determine your healthy body weight. 

Waist circumference 

Your midsection can house more than its fair share of unwanted and extra fat. Waist circumference is another way of determining if you’re at a healthy weight for your size. Basically, waistline measurements should be less than: 

If you have a waist measurement higher than these, you’re at increased risk of obesity-related health issues like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. 

Resting heart rate 

A healthy weight isn’t just about size. How your body reacts to carrying around your weight is another indicator. 

Your resting heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute while you’re sitting still. While a lower resting heart rate is a sign that your heart is working efficiently, a high resting heart rate could be an early warning sign of a heart problem. 

A healthy range is generally between 60 and 100 beats per minute. The lower the number, the better your body is functioning at your current weight. 

Other healthy weight considerations 

Among other considerations that go beyond numbers and charts are your energy level, general health, and overall happiness. Do you have plenty of energy to complete a busy day or do you find yourself running out of steam before bed time? Are you eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of greens and grains and limits fat and carbohydrates? 

Would you consider yourself happy and satisfied with your body and your life right now? Living a life that is happy, healthy, and full of energy combined with healthy indicators on the scales mentioned above is a good sign that you’re right where you need to be with your weight and health. 

Of course, the only way to know that for sure is to schedule a comprehensive health exam with us. We perform a series of tests and assessments to determine your level of health and provide advice and help to overcome any deficiencies. 

If you need help with weight loss, getting rid of pesky areas of fat that don’t go away with diet and exercise, or other women’s health and beauty concerns, call our office or request your appointment online today. 

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