What Is Your Perfect Weight?
Too often people think they should weigh less than they do, when
in reality they’re right at the weight they should be. Your body has
probably changed over the years due to circumstances such as
pregnancy. We normally gain a certain amount of weight as we get
With all of the advertisements on TV and in magazines, it’s
no wonder we are confused about what our ideal body shape should be.
Maybe you saw what you believe should be your perfect body in a
magazine and have dieted in vain to try to reach that shape.
If your quest for your perfect weight is constantly frustrating
you, maybe it’s time for a reality check. The weight you are trying
to reach may be totally at odds with your body style and
When you go on a strict diet trying to reach an unrealistic
weight, you could be causing health problems for yourself in the
future. Don’t starve yourself trying to look like the model you saw
in the magazine.
If you ask any thin woman what she would like to weigh, she’d
probably say that she should lose 5 to 10 pounds. Most women tend to
want to be thinner than they should be. Why is this true?
1. Advertising, including advertisements for weight loss
products, feature very thin women instead of more normally sized
women. The standards set by the fashion models used in these ads are
impossibly high. These models have access to personal trainers,
cosmetic surgery and have their photos airbrushed to reach that
perfect look. If you use those standards for your perfect body, you
are setting yourself up for failure.
2. Trying to reach a previous weight can be another unrealistic
goal. Changing hormones and bone structures mean that the weight
that you were in your early twenties may not be possible today. You
may be able to stay on a strict diet and exercise regime for a short
period of time, but not for the lifetime that it would take to keep
your body at that weight.
3. Many of us see ourselves as fatter than we really are, so we
are constantly trying to slim down to too-thin proportions. These
people can never get thin enough. This can lead to eating disorders
such as bulimia or anorexia.
Trying for unrealistic weight loss goals can cause anxiety and
stress as well as health problems, which cause even more stress.
Reach for the goals that you can meet. Start with small changes in
diet and exercise and then add more stringent methods only if you
are truly overweight. As always, ask a doctor for his or her