How Much Should I Weigh?
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How Much Should I Weigh?

Knowing your body fat range determines your overall health

Everyone has a certain size in mind when it comes to what we feel is "optimal" to looking good. It impacts the way we feel about ourselves and what we do to achieve fitness. But when is the weight ever "ideal"?  Is it possible to ever feel good about our bodies?

There is no magic number

There are many variables when it comes to targeting the weight that's healthiest for you. Your body shape and height play a major role in computing a scientifically-endorsed number based on the percentage of body fat you have. However, what if you suffer from certain diseases or disorders? Having such problems with kidney function, multiple-sclerosis, diabetes, or celiac disease can impact your body's ability to maintain the weight that is supposedly best. So what do you do then? Is it a lost cause to count calories or burn fat through exercise?

Well, in a mixed culture of obesity and anorexics, watching what you eat is not a bad thing to do in any situation. There is no need to starve yourself or gorge for the sake of looking beautiful. As long as you are sticking to the guidelines of the caloric intake for your height and existing weight, taking into consideration your specific dietary needs, you shouldn't concern yourself with what the scale says. Sure, you'll have some bad days where you don't feel comfortable in your skin.  But don't let that keep you down!  Get plenty of exercise, rest, and be forgiving to your body. Stay away from caffeine and alcohol and drink lots of water. Practice stress-relieving measures on a regular basis.  Don't sweat the small stuff.  Don't be quick to judge yourself and others.  In doing all those things, not only are you giving your body the chance to be its best, but any prescription medications you might be on will also work better with a body that's well-adjusted.

The general rule for body fat

As far as body fat goes, having no more than 20-24% is ideal to being considered "healthy". Type 2 diabetics average around 33%, with celiac disease suffers ranging from 18%-25% and up to 33%. Over 33% is considered the range for risk of most diseases.

Resources:

diabetes.about.com/od/benefitsofexercise/a/bodyfat.htm

http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/72/1/76

http://health.yahoo.com/news/ap/us_med_healthbeat_body_image.html

http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/bfb

http://www.bmi-calculator.net/body-fat-calculator/

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Comments (1)

I'm so glad to read this! There is so much pressure and misinformation about weight and everything out today. Another thing I see ignored (esp by the BMI) is body composition-some of us are more muscular, muscle weighs more than fat but it takes up less space and burns calories. But the scales at the doctors' offices and the magazine articles don't consider that. Thanks again!

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