What is a healthy weight for you?
There are many guides or tools that you can use to determine a healthy weight for you. The classifications for weight usually involve a screening system such as body fat content, Body Mass Index (BMI), waist circumference measurements and others. As the systems vary so do the classifications, and they are all guides, not absolute laws. The best way to tell if you are at a healthy weight is if you are able to move and do all of the activities that your healthy mind wants to be able to do. If you get winded walking up the stairs then how could you possibly keep up with your friends, kids or grandkids.
What are the causes of weight gain and what can you do about it?
Make no mistake weight gain comes from food, but there are other factors that play a role. If you can find the thing or things that influences your weight the most then you can address them and begin the process of achieving a healthy weight. Here are some of the most common reasons for weight gain or obesity:
- Lack of sleep (insufficient rest)
- Medical Condition (depression, hypothyroidism, pain with exercise, poor CNS function)
- Medical Treatment
- Tobacco use or cessation
- Poor diet
- Sedentary lifestyle (not enough exercise whether due to pain or lifestyle)
Now that you know some of the likely causes of your weight gain you can address them. The next few posts will address each of these factors, and ways that you can overcome them.