What is Healthy Weight?
Happy Friday, guys!
I’ve wanted to post on the subject of healthy and ideal weights for a while now, but haven’t really gotten around to it, because I did not feel like I had enough background to write an entire post on healthy weights. I realize this is a subject that many people have discrepant views on; I am not really sure where I stand on this issue. I would love to hear anyone’s feedback, presented positively, concerning whatever their personal opinions are.
So here we go. This is my stance on the issue of healthy weights – I have no clue what healthy weight is, and I am unsure that anyone can define what a healthy weight is for everyone.
One way that many people define healthy weights is by using the Body Mass Index calculator. The BMI calculator states that people with a body mass index of between 19 and 24.9 is considered healthy. Should this one calculator or chart define whether or not a person is healthy?
For a personal anecdote, I have been fortunate enough in my life to have always remained in the green, “healthy” range concerning my weight. Despite this, I do not think I have always been “healthy”. Before the last year and a half or so, I was not concerned about my diet or nutrition whatsoever. [You can read more about this on my About Me page]
I used to think that since I played sports, it did not matter what I ate. I now realize that even though I never became seriously overweight, this was still extremely poor nutrition for my body. Two years ago, I was also heavier than I am now. Since making the choice to fuel my body with whole and nutritious substances, I have lost weight. I did not go on any crash diets, even though when I first began to try to eat healthier, I did so by merely counting calories and upping my fruit and veggie intake.
Two years ago, I would come home from school, famished due to the fact that I ate poorly all day long, and would mindlessly snack on whatever I could find. This would normally end up being an entire package of goldfish or half a bag of Sunchips or Tostidos. Two years ago, when I would go out to eat, I would order whatever smelled or looked good at the nearest table. This would often be an order of boneless chicken wings and French fries. Little did I know, this one meal was probably the caloric intake my body required for the entire day.
Since becoming healthier and respectively losing weight, many family members and friends have become concerned that I have stopped eating altogether. This is not the case. I eat a lot, I just eat in small portions of healthy foods many times a day. I understand that other’s criticisms and questions are only out of love and concern for my health, which I appreciate beyond belief. My body has gone through serious changes in the last couple years.
This is me, in June of 2009.
This is me on my birthday this year, July 30th, 2011.
Because my body is drastically different, I understand people’s questions of my newfound eating habits. But sometimes, these questions lead me to begin questioning myself even more.
Am I too skinny?
Was I fat before?
Do I need to eat more?
Should I eat less, but eat foods more dense in calories?
This creates additional stress for me. As a teenage girl, I worry a lot. I have luckily never faced serious body confidence issues, but am now more confident with my body that I ever have been before. Bombarded in a weight loss culture, I sometimes am tricked into thinking that the lower the number on the scale is, the more “successful” and “healthy” I am, when logically I know this is not the case.
My lifestyle shift has led me to feel like no matter what I do, I will have critics, which is true of anything in life. Before adapting healthier eating habits, I was not skinny enough. Now that I eat healthier, I am too skinny. This compiled with dealing with school, deciding where and what I want to do in college, what type of lifestyle I will eventually want, and what I want to do as a career leaves me feeling a bit crazy and emotional at times.
These thoughts are perfectly normal for a teenage girl, and I realize many people face the same struggles. I have become aware that no one can tell me what MY healthy weight should be – I need to figure this out for myself. Times like these are when you need to step back, take a deep breath, and let what is supposed to happen, happen. J
Do you feel like you are at your healthy weight?
How did you reach this and realize this is where you are supposed to be?