Ways to set goals and the correct weight for height for you
Setting goals for losing weight is a great idea and correct weight for height charts were once the most used tool.
But are these types of body weight charts effective for setting goals and monitoring progress, when you’re losing weight?
They have become such a part of the whole dieting culture, comparing ourselves to these figures, all of which are averages I might add, and of little real value.
Alternatives to the correct weight for height charts
There are other ways, that keep you focused on what’s really important to why you want to lose weight, and tools that are more accurate than the body weight charts of old.
- Your vision for yourself: A group of people can be the same size, and same weight, yet look totally different. So your 'happy weight' should be based on how you want to look and feel.
This is the most important goal to keep in mind.
- Check your waist measurement.
Your weight will fluctuate a lot while you’re losing weight, but that doesn’t mean you’re not losing size.
Taking measurements will give you a much better idea of how much you’re shrinking, and really this is the bottom line isn’t it?
You probably aren’t hoping to weight less but be the same size. You’ll be hoping to weigh less because that means you’ll be losing size, shrinking.
So if getting smaller is what you want from losing weight then why not use a measurement system that actually shows you shrinking.
Correct weight for height charts are about weight, or density, not about size, or the amount of physical space you take up, and for may of us, size is actually what it’s all about.
You probably wouldn’t mind that you weighed 300 pounds, or even 170 pounds if all this fitted into a dress size three smaller than you are!
But it doesn’t. Losing weight for most of us is about losing size, so we should measure it this way.
- Use the Body Mass Index. This is much more accurate than trying to determine how much you should weigh based on how long your legs are.
Using this measurement allows you to get an idea of what percentage of your body is fat, and from there work on getting this to a healthy place.
It allows you to both, monitor progress of fat loss, and also gets you focusing on a healthy benchmark range to aim for.
These three methods for goal setting and for measuring your progress will give you a far more accurate and meaningful set of goals to aim for than charts that focus on how much you weigh based on how tall you are.
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