What Is Your Healthy Body Weight?

Written by Kim Beardsmore

Sincerepparttar 1980s both adult men and women inrepparttar 138346 USA, Australia, New Zealand andrepparttar 138347 United Kingdom have become heavier. Obesity rates have more than doubled inrepparttar 138348 last 20 years! Children also are also becoming heavier and obesity is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and even shortening of life expectancy. Some have said this generation is digging our graves with our teeth!

How can you tell what is a healthy weight for you? Well, certainly not byrepparttar 138349 stereotypical 'perfect' female shape we see inrepparttar 138350 movies and on TV! The truth is these images do not depictrepparttar 138351 typical female form. Men also struggle to find a realistic picture ofrepparttar 138352 healthy male. The pressure to lose weight to an unrealistic slimness is immense and can lead to more heartache rather than good health.

It is time to pay attention to our weight but how can we determine what is a healthy body weight for each individual that is not based on unrealistic expectations? The simplest way to check your weight is to measure your waist circumference, using a tape measure. This gives you an idea of whether you have a lot of fat stored around your middle. Waist circumferences associated with increased health risk are:

Men - Waist circumference greater than 94cm Women - Waist circumference greater than 80cm

Diet and Exercise Evolution: Adaptation (part I) -- Theory

Written by David McCormick

Adaptation isrepparttar most important weight loss concept you can learn. The human body adapts torepparttar 138174 pressures it is put under withrepparttar 138175 goal of prolonging life. Your body wants to survive as long as possible, and it will adjust its internal workings quickly if it is presented with changes. So, everything that happens to you - especially things that happen regularly, like eating habits, sleep cycles and general activity - will have two effects on your body. 1) An immediate effect inrepparttar 138176 short term, then 2) forrepparttar 138177 long term, your body will adapt to it to better performrepparttar 138178 next time. It is this adaptation that most people forget about.

Mind-Body Split Your mind perceives changes to your environment through your eyes and other senses, that's how you understandrepparttar 138179 world around you. But your organs and cells can only perceive changes inrepparttar 138180 demands made on them andrepparttar 138181 kinds of nutrients they get in your blood. Whetherrepparttar 138182 stimulus comes fromrepparttar 138183 world (a virus enters your body) or from you (you decide to takerepparttar 138184 stairs instead ofrepparttar 138185 elevator),repparttar 138186 cells in your body will react so thatrepparttar 138187 next time that event happens,repparttar 138188 cells can handlerepparttar 138189 situation better. Inrepparttar 138190 case ofrepparttar 138191 virus, your body creates antibodies. Inrepparttar 138192 case of takingrepparttar 138193 stairs, your body upsrepparttar 138194 endurance of your leg muscles.

Your thoughts have little effect on what happens in your body atrepparttar 138195 level of your organs, and even less atrepparttar 138196 level of your cells. You are always in mental control of your muscles except for built-in reactions, and you can consciously take control of your breathing. However, none of your other systems can be consciously controlled. That's why you can't will yourself thin. So, never mistake by doing something that you "intend" to lose weight, but instead think of how your body will adapt to your performingrepparttar 138197 action.

The Factory You can think of your body as a factory: The boss (your brain) can see whererepparttar 138198 finished product is going, and how much profit to make. Butrepparttar 138199 workers can't see allrepparttar 138200 accounting papers orrepparttar 138201 costs of materials or evenrepparttar 138202 customers. The workers (your cells) only see that they're being asked to work on a certain task, at a certain rate of pay, for a certain number of hours, and so on. That's what makes a difference to them. The factors that directly affect them and their job arerepparttar 138203 only things that will affect how they do their job.

Ifrepparttar 138204 boss of this company needs more production or more profits, he can't just tellrepparttar 138205 workers to work harder. That never works! He could raise their pay, or give them more breaks, or just put some music overrepparttar 138206 intercom. There are many ways to communicate to your workers, but you have to sendrepparttar 138207 message that hasrepparttar 138208 right effect. What about givingrepparttar 138209 workers fewer breaks so that they'll have a better output? They're not wasting time, after all! But we all know that workers need breaks or else they slow down, get tired, get angry, and maybe quit fromrepparttar 138210 stress. The same applies to lowering wages. The bad boss thinks that he can make more money if he pays his workers less. Asrepparttar 138211 boss ofrepparttar 138212 cells in your body, you shouldn't just eat less, because that's like loweringrepparttar 138213 salary of your working cells. You have to get your cells to adapt inrepparttar 138214 direction you want, andrepparttar 138215 tactics to do that may not be obvious. You have to dorepparttar 138216 cellular equivalent of improving morale and increasing worker satisfaction.

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