In health, wellness, and fitness communities, it can feel like the number on the scale is king. But while it can be a useful tool as you transform your life, your weight isn’t always an indication of your health overall!
What Does Weight Indicate?
At the very simplest level, weight is the force of gravity on an object. The more mass you have, the more gravity pulls on you, and the more you weigh. And as you may have noticed, your weight fluctuates based on your lifestyle. Obviously your food intake affects it, but it can also change based on your stress levels, time spent being physically active, and even the amount of sleep that you get.
Just like your health can impact your weight, your weight can also impact your health. For example, being overweight puts more pressure on your joints. Your heart has to work harder. Your lungs have to work harder. But fortunately, if you shed some extra weight, you can start seeing health improvements fairly quickly.
Distinctions Between Weight vs. Health
It’s no secret that there are unhealthy weights at either end of the spectrum. Being drastically underweight or overweight can negatively impact your health in a myriad of ways, and the scale can help you realize when there’s a problem with your health.
But we don’t want you to fall into a sense of false security (thinking that because your weight is ‘normal,’ you don’t have to worry about healthy habits) or a false sense of doom (thinking that because you’re not at your goal weight, you should undergo unhealthy measures to achieve it). In reality, your weight doesn’t always indicate how healthy you are. People can have different body compositions and different levels of health, but weigh the same.
Here’s an example. Let’s say there are two thirty-five year old women. One of them has a healthy diet, enjoys an active lifestyle, and works hard to maintain healthy habits. The other doesn’t pay much attention to what she eats, has a sedentary lifestyle, and doesn’t invest time into improving her habits. But if they’re at the same weight, does that mean they’re equally healthy? Of course not!
That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to more than the number on the scale. Visit your physician and discuss your current health with them. They’ll be able to assess your health status and help you work toward improving it. They’ll also help you understand how your weight is affecting your health so you can set goals if you need to improve it. Above all, stay focused on your overall wellbeing rather than simply focusing on how much you weigh!
Knowing how much you weigh can be helpful as you transform your life, but optimal health is much more important. For more tips for a healthy lifestyle, subscribe to the blog below and check out our Facebook page. And of course, don’t forget to participate in Get Slim for Summer with us!