How do you determine what is healthy? How do you determine who is healthy? Do you go by weight or what is eaten? How about the amount of exercise?
Did you know that Healthy Weight Week is January 20-26th? In fact, this week of health observance began 24 years ago! The goal of this week is to encourage everyone to understand that health is not about numbers. Focusing on healthy weight does not include stepping on the scale or logging measurements. Healthy weight is mostly genetic based. Many individuals simply are not made to look like the models seen in magazines and TV. That is why nobody should stress about their weight! It is just a number and does not reflect healthful living in its entirety. We may all know someone who could eat anything and everything and not gain an ounce!
Every day during Healthy Weight Week there is a topic to think about and ways you can become more healthful.
- Monday: What do we mean by healthy weight?
- Tuesday: Mindful eating and how it supports your healthy weight
- Wednesday: The transformative difference of enjoyable movement
- Thursday: The power of effective stress management for emotional eating
- Friday: Cultivating the practice of true self-care
Diets do not always work, especially crash diets. Did you know that starving your body may actually cause weight gain? Your body goes into survival mode and begins to store the foods you eat! Our bodies do amazing things! If you need to lose weight, do it slowly! Cutting a couple hundred calories from your diet may not seem like much, but it really adds up over time. It is recommended to not eat less that 1500 calories a day. Remember, food is how we get nutrients! It is also important to eat healthy foods like lean meats, fruits, and vegetables. Adding in some exercise does the trick, too! Be mindful of healthy habits and you will get to your body’s own, unique, healthy weight!