As a Personal Trainer and Health Coach, I often talk to clients about “ideal” weight. We sometimes think that it should be the same as it was 10 or 20 years ago. There is this idea that to be fit and healthy, we need to look a certain way. I’m here to say that’s pretty much bullshit. The idea that we should be able to fit into our 20 something jeans or step on the scale and see a number that corresponds to the one we saw in college is just wrong.
Think about this for a second:
Ideal weight = the weight at which you can do what you want to do from a physical activity and movement standpoint, a weight at which you don’t have any health risks associated with your body composition, and a weight that you are able to maintain without doing things that are unnatural for you or that are too extreme.
Please take a moment now to answer these 3 questions:
1. Can you do what you want from a physical activity and movement standpoint?
2. Are you at a weight and body composition that does not increase your health risk?
3. Can you maintain your weight without doing things that feel unnatural or too extreme?
If you can check those three boxes, then you are probably close to your true or ideal weight.
No one eats the perfect balance of nutrients, within their calorie limits, while also completing all of their cardio, strength and flexibility exercise each and every day. Don’t beat yourself up if you overindulge or miss a workout, focus on your successes along the way and your long-term objective.
Create a lifestyle that works for you, that includes movement you enjoy and food that nourishes your body and enables you to do the things in life that are most important to you.
Your wellness is a process and your “ideal” weight is the one that allows you to enjoy your chosen lifestyle. The end.
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Let nothing dim your light,
American Council on Exercise (ACE)