Often people state they want to reach a healthy weight level. However, most of them have little to no idea of what is actually meant by a healthy, normal weight. Generally, people assume that if they aren’t overweight, their weight is at a healthy level. However, this is a misunderstanding which has to be addressed. Add to this the fact that a report suggested it is better to be overweight than underweight and the picture becomes quite clear: despite weight loss being a major issue, few people actually understand what it entails and how it works.
The reason for the confusion is simple:the definition of a healthy weight varies from one person to the next. This is because there are numerous factors at play, including height and gender.
This is why the Body Mass Index (BMI) is considered a reliable measure of a person’s weight level and whether or not it is healthy, taking into account all relevant factors which affect it. Based on your BMI, you can determine if your weight is healthy or if you are underweight or overweight.
Generally, a BMI of below 18.5 indicates that a person is underweight, while a BMI of 25 and above means he/she is overweight or obese (if it is above 30). The healthy and normal weight is considered as a person having a BMI of at least 18.5 but not more than 24.9. This is a basic indication you can use to measure your weight level and determine which heading it falls under. Basically, the idea behind a healthy weight level is that the person is not at risk of any major health issues related specifically to his/her weight.
At the same time, your food intake should give you the necessary nutrition you need for your body to function effectively. People who eat healthy and work out regularly generally are at a normal weight level and their health isn’t at risk because of their body weight. The understanding that your risk of being afflicted by diabetes, heart disease and other potentially fatal conditions is linked to your body weight should convince you to work towards reaching a state where you are at a healthy weight level.
So, to put it simply, you need to be at a weight level where you are able to fulfill your daily responsibilities and have the requisite energy to work out as well, while at the same time your body isn’t at risk of health issues.