What a Load of $%^&
A friend of mine recently shared an article she read published on a ‘stylist’ website of all things. Here the title reads ‘Weight Chart For Women: What’s your ideal weight according to your body shape, age, and height?’ The title itself just infuriated me (I really should learn to chill out but that’s another story). When are the ‘doctors and specialists’ so claimed to have written this stuff going to back off the focus of advertising weight loss as a bunch of figures that everyone has to attain to be ‘ideal’?
I recently published a blog backfiring at Channel 9s’ Dr. Gordon for referring to Concentration Camps as a good example of how to lose weight. I was a little cranky after listening to that interview too. How are we ever going to fight obesity properly if we keep focusing on weight loss on the scales without focusing on getting the ‘right’ weight loss by getting leaner and losing the excess fat. Publishing articles that focus on ‘ideal weight’ does nothing, in my humble opinion, to advocate for building a lean, healthy and FIT body that is ready to put in a good fight to combat illness should it ever strike.
“Ideal weight according to your body shape, age, and height”
Weight loss that has a massive focus on the scales can sabotage your results because you focus on getting ‘that number’ down no matter which way you have to do it. Starving yourself will result in that number plummeting. People do it every day. But believe me it catches up with them. When you starve yourself of calories, and you starve yourself of a beautiful and nourishing combination of the right nutrients through fresh food, then you are not fuelling your body with the right stuff. That ‘stuff’ is what you need to stay healthy and build a toned, lean body. A toned, lean body is what you need to be a fat-burning machine all day long, even when you sleep.
If you focus on fitness that means you have to support your plans with nourishing, healthy foods or you wont have the energy to get the most out of your workouts. Focus on fitness and the rest will come. If you still find that can’t squash your obsession with a daily ‘weigh-in’ then I say throw out the scales!
Now, are you planning on training today?