Weight loss isn’t just about looking good, although it definitely helps. It’s also about feeling great, being at one with yourself and improving your overall health.
Being overweight places your health at risk. Obesity is considered to be the second-largest health risk after smoking and is responsible for increasing the risk of many illnesses that affect quality of life or may even prove fatal. Aim to achieve your optimum weight in order to:
- Reduce the chances of a heart attack or a stroke.
- Maintain healthy blood pressure.
- Prevent type 2 Diabetes
- Reduce the risk of certain cancers.
- Reduce the likelihood of gallstone formation
- Be less likely to suffer from gout
- Minimise your chances of suffering from Osteoarthritis
- Relieve respiratory problems such as asthma and sleep apnea.
Research has proved that achieving your ideal weight benefits your self-esteem. How does this relate to your spirituality?
Lucille Ball said: ‘I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.’ Is this a vain and hedonistic viewpoint? The Bible says ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The implication is that if you’re unable to love yourself much, it will be more difficult to love your neighbor.
The effects of healthy self-esteem are far-reaching. How you feel about yourself determines your approach to almost every situation you are confronted with at home, in the workplace or in your inner spiritual life. Having a positive approach to situations requires a certain level of self-confidence and as a result, a healthy body weight fosters spiritual development.
The emotional and spiritual benefits of a healthy bod weight are interlinked. If you have a healthy weight you will:
- Have more self-confidence. You don’t feel as is if you have to hide yourself away.
- Because overweight people lack confidence and self-esteem, their personal relationships are affected. You are more likely to enjoy positive, lasting relationships when you feel happy about your body.
- Taking care of your own weight and wellness leads to a more balanced life.
- The Journal of sports medicine found that fit, healthy people are also happier.
How to Determine Your Optimal Weight
The simplest way of calculating your optimum weight is by determining your BMI using height and weight data. Remember to use a chart that takes age and sex into account like this one does. However, BMI is not the be-all and end all. Some of us are ‘bigger boned’ and as a result, a measurement of your body fat percentage by a fitness professional will better help you to determine your ideal weight.
Looking and Feeling Great
Thanks to your improved health and self-confidence, achieving your ideal weight makes an enormous difference to your overall well-being. By freeing your body of excess kilograms, you also free your mind and your spirit from a heavy load. Healthy eating and exercise can transform you, not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually.