26 Jul Your Body Weight and Your Health
Having too little or too much body weight can negatively affect your health in many ways, leaving you at risk for chronic conditions and even premature death. Too little or too much weight puts your body into overdrive, working it harder than it should. Do you know if you are at a healthy weight? What is a healthy weight and why should you be at it? Find out why a healthy body weight is so important for your health and how you can achieve it!
What Does a Healthy Weight Look Like?
Many people have goals to achieve a healthier body and a healthier body weight. In fact, more than 45 million Americans diet each year to lose some of their body weight and to get healthy. However, your body weight isn’t simply defined by the type of clothes you wear or their size. Nor is it defined by how you look in the mirror. It is measured by your height and weight and also determined by your genetics.
Many people can calculate if they have a healthy body weight by doing specific calculations with their height and weight. This is actually called a person’s BMI, or “body mass index”. It is a very straight-forward and non-invasive way to get a feel for what category of body weight you would fall under. With your calculation, you will fall in categories such as “underweight”, “normal”, “overweight”, and “obese”. This calculation is simply a measure of your size based off of numbers, as it does not take into consideration age, sex, ethnicity and other factors that determine your body weight.
There are separate calculators for children and people under 20 years old and there is a calculator for people over 20. You will know you fall within a healthy weight range if you are in a “normal” area on the BMI chart.
Benefits of Good Health
Did you know that you can significantly reduce your risk for chronic conditions if you have a healthy body weight? If you actively work on having good health, then you reduce your risk for health problems and can even add years to your life. Some benefits of having a healthy life and weight include:
- Increased energy. The more nutritious, protein-packed foods you eat, the more energy you will have.
- Better sleep. When you fuel your body the way you’re supposed to and avoid substances that can stimulate or hurt you, you can expect a good night’s sleep.
- Reduced risk for chronic conditions. The better you take care of your body and your weight, the fewer chronic problems you will have all throughout life.
- A better immune system that works properly.
- Higher metabolism that helps your body burn fat correctly.
- Fewer joint pains because you are at a weight that doesn’t put extra strain on the joints and muscles.
- Better blood pressure and blood sugar levels all day long.
- A longer lifespan.
- Increased mood and fewer mood disorders.
These are just a few benefits of keeping yourself in a healthy body weight range and of choosing to eat healthy and exercise often.
When Your Health Isn’t Good
Now, more than ever, processed and on-the-go foods are in high demand. People are busy with jobs, family, sports and more activities than they can fit into their schedule. That means that good nutrition is often neglected. It’s no surprise with people being more busy, that they are also becoming overweight and nutrient deficient more frequently. In fact, obesity is now the 5th leading cause of death worldwide. Almost 40% of Americans are overweight or obese, which equals about 93.3 million Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This is reported by the Centers for Disease Control because unhealthy body weights can quite literally act like a disease. When you are deficient in nutrients or have too much unhealthy body weight on you, you get problems such as:
- Ongoing fatigue that keeps you from being rested or from enjoying daily activities
- Headaches and migraines
- Blood sugar levels that fluctuate all day
- Aches and pains with no discernible cause
- Irritability, depression and mood disorders
- Dizziness and brain fog
- Daily heartburn without a cause
- Compressed or pinched nerves due to excess body weight
- A misalignment of the spine, back and other areas because of uneven pressure caused by extra body weight
- Digestive upsets
- Chronic conditions and diseases that can ultimately kill you
Lose Body Weight the Healthy Way!
If you are carrying around extra body weight that you know you don’t need, it can cause you chronic conditions if it hasn’t already. First, get on a healthy diet plan. Chiropractic and physical therapy centers can create custom eating and exercise plans for you, as they do this for many patients. Unhealthy body weights can put the spine, back and other parts of your body out of alignment, so it’s also a good idea to invest in chiropractic services. As you exercise and lose weight, spinal adjustments or decompression treatments can help relieve uneven pressure on your joints.
If your new diet plan seems to cause you digestive upsets or health problems, you can always go the extra mile and get tested for food allergies and food intolerances. It’s great to eat healthy and reduce your body weight, but if you’re allergic to something, you’ll still have health problems. No matter what route you go with having a healthier body weight, you can reach your goals better with the help of a professional. If you want to have a health consultation and get started today, call Mile High Spine & Pain Center at (720) 507-0080!