How to Find Your Happy Weight

Even if you’re unhappy with your current weight, your weight loss goal might be more forgiving than your elastic-band pants. According to a 2012 Gallup Poll, the average American woman is heavier than she was 20 years ago—and her “ideal” weight is heavier, too.
Researchers asked a random sample of 1,015 American adults about their current weight and related attitudes. Then they compared the results to data collected from a different sample in 1990. On average, women weigh 14 pounds more than the women polled 22 years ago, and their average ideal weight is now 11 pounds heavier than it was back then.
“If you always see people who are overweight, you begin to think that’s normal,” says Keri Glassman, registered dietician and Women’s Health expert adviser on weight loss. “Then you see someone at a normal weight, and you think they look thin.”
Which makes sense: 60 percent of the people polled said their weight is about right. That’s in spite of the fact that 60 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, according to a quarterly Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Certainly, some people are content with being overweight. But it’s also likely that many people don’t realize that their perceptions of normal—and healthy—are skewed.
So how can you be sure that your ideal weight is as ideal as you think? Surprisingly, Body Mass Index (BMI) isn’t a good predictor—BMI measures ignore factors such as body type, genetics, and muscle mass.
Your best bet is to think in terms of health and happiness, not numbers. “Just think about the time that you felt your healthiest, when you were eating well without starving yourself,” says Glassman. If you need a number to latch onto, make it your goal to return to what you weighed then. But be realistic: weighing what you did in high school or
Source: Women’s Health  

November 28, 2012Permalink 1 Comment

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  1. According to this article I have to be 85.5 – 104.5 since I’m 4’11. Even when I calculate for 5′ the range is 90 – 110. I’m currently at 95 lbs which is still in my healthy range when I calculated with BMI (92 lbs is the lowest I could go). I was at 88 lbs at some point and the comment I got was I lost too much that my friends can see my collar bone and ribs sticking out. I can’t imagine what 85.5 would end up on me. I have to agree with others who commented that this article is actually require us to starve and have some eating disorder because the range is really off. Is there a typo or something that’s missing in this article perhaps? If not this article will lead other young women to starve themselves when they are searching/google on how to calculate their healthy weight and happen to stumble upon this article.

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