Losing weight can be hard, especially if your health depends on it. It does not help that people often feel pressured to look a certain way in order to be seen as “attractive.” As a result, millions around the world try to adopt “quick-fix” diets or take on ambitious exercise routines that are just not sustainable long-term. When they see that the scale will not budge despite their best efforts, they get discouraged.

However, it is important to understand that the scale tells only part of the story. Instead of focusing on weight alone, you should focus on your overall health (with your weight being just a small component of that). In this article, we will look at some ways you can look beyond the scale to be as healthy as you can be.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Maintaining a healthy body mass index (or BMI) is something more personal than looks. When you visit your doctor, ask them where you need to be to have a healthy BMI. From there, they can help you either maintain your current weight if it is ideal or make adjustments to your diet and overall lifestyle to help you lose weight.

A healthy weight does not necessarily mean skinny, even for people who are overweight. Since your BMI is based on your age, height, and other factors, 120 pounds may be healthy for one person but may be underweight for another. Therefore, it is important that you do not obsess over one “ideal” number. Instead, talk with your doctor about your health and nutrition goals and what you should be aiming for.

Losing Weight Too Quickly

For people who need to lose weight, taking small steps is vital. On top of the anxiety that comes with losing weight, rapid weight loss can cause several complications and dangerous results. Rapid weight loss is often the result of over-exercise, crash diets (800 calories or lower), and potentially eating disorders. This kind of weight loss can potentially cause muscles to deteriorate, and increase the risk of getting gallstones, and nutritional deficiencies.

A safe, steady weight loss regimen should have users losing roughly 1-2 pounds per week, and then will flatten out as they reach their target BMI. This also means taking your weight at the end of the week is all you need, so don’t reach for your scale every night!

Lifestyle Changes and Choices

You have probably heard it before, but it is worth stressing here: extreme diets don’t work. There is no magic pill you can take that will give you the body of your dreams. What does work? Long-term, sustainable lifestyle changes. That’s right.The best way to lose weight and to maintain a healthy BMI is to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

Do note that everyone’s dietary and exercise needs vary. What helped your neighbor lose 90lbs in less than a year may not work for you--and that’s okay. What is important is that you make lifestyle changes that make sense for your body and your health.

Your doctor may refer you to a dietician for additional help with your weight and lifestyle goals. Dieticians are specially trained to help you create a customized diet plan that best suits your needs. They can also help you manage portion sizes, create a doable exercise regimen, and find tasty recipes that you can prepare at home.

Eating disorders are a very serious and real psychological problem. If you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder, please speak to your doctor immediately to get help. You are not alone in your struggles.

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