A number doesn’t define you. Your ideal body weight does not translate to a magic number on that scale. It’s about being healthy and minimizing any risks for health problems.
Beyond that, remember that you can be healthy at any age, any size, and with any body type. In the end, figuring out your happy bodyweight involves both a physical and mental assessment. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends you look at your bodyweight regarding health risk, so looking at things like body fat, and waist circumference.
Defining Your Happy Weight
Your happy weight is the term you use to describe how you look when you feel your best. It’s the visual representation of that feeling when your body is full of energy, strong, and healthy. Plus, your mind is positive, clear, and has left behind anxieties or fears. That’s your happy body weight.
Why Love & Acceptance Is the First Step
Before we keep going, here’s the thing. To find your happy weight, you must accept and love who you are right now. Forget obsessing over calories and comparing yourself and your progress with others. Finding your happy weight begins with feeling good about who you are right now, and the goals you’ve set for yourself.
The Importance of Exercise & Detoxing
If you’re not moving, start moving. Find a happy exercise, one that brings you joy more than anything else. If you dread the treadmill, but dream about a dancing class, then go for the latter. Exercise should make you feel happy about your choices, not miserable.
If waking up at 6:00 am for a HIIT workout is not your thing, try a yoga class after work, or tune into a YouTube fitness video in the comfort of your home. Start small; don’t punish yourself for missing a workout. Keep trying new things until you find what works for you.
Make sure exercise feels like “me time” rather than a chore.
Detox Your Body
In addition to moving, you also must nourish your body. Treat your body to a break from processed foods and chemicals. Try cleansing herbs like dandelion root or green algae to remove harmful toxins. A body cleanse every so often will keep your system in tip-top shape.
Considering Your Health Risks
You can’t push your body to a happy weight if it hurts your health somehow. You can’t avoid the need to reach your happy weight either. If you have a family history of diseases, you need to make sure you’re working towards that healthy weight your doctor recommends. If you struggle with or have a family history of:
- High blood pressure
- High “bad” cholesterol
- Low “good” cholesterol
- High triglycerides
- High blood glucose
- Premature heart disease
- Cigarette smoking
Then, consider speaking to a nutritionist to find healthy ways to achieve your happy weight.
Tuning into Your “Feel Good” Indicators
Ultimately, you must feel good in your body. That happy weight is that point where you feel confident with yourself, and you have the energy needed to enjoy your life fully. Tuning into your “feel good” indicators are more important than what the scale says.
If you feel a lack of energy and are lethargic, then you’re not leading a lifestyle that will get you closer to your happy weight. Keep an eye for these indicators:
- You get enough sleep so that you feel rested and energized in the morning – sans caffeine
- You’re able to be physically active at least four times a week
- Your food cravings have decreased overtime
- You’re able to stay physically and mentally alert throughout the day
- You feel good in your clothes and your skin
Alright, GR8NESS community, now it’s your time to find your happy weight once and for all.