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Perfect Weight... How Low Should You Go?

Perfect Weight... How Low Should You Go?
by Wendie Pett, Fitness and Lifestyle expert

Wait! What IS your perfect weight? I know you’ve heard people talking about getting down to their ideal weight, but do they really know what it is? Do you know yours?

One’s weight is a highly personal matter, and many of us have no idea how low we should go.

So what is it that makes a weight perfect? Is it the image in your mind or do you have solid facts for determining your magic number? Those are but a few of the questions to consider when dropping pounds, but truth be known, there’s only one true answer: Weight doesn’t matter!

Your body -- and its needs -- is unique and highly stylized. Simply grabbing a “perfect weight” out of thin air does not equate to a healthy body. After all, you may not be built like your best friend or the person on the magazine cover, so to pick their weight as your own could be hazardous.

Many of my clients insist that they want to weigh a certain number, and yet usually the chosen digits fail to take into consideration their muscle-to-fat ratio.

You may be surprised to learn that many people actually weigh more than we’d ever imagine for the simple reason that their bodies boast more muscle than fat. Others might have a layer of fat that obscures any muscle, and yet the scale still offers only a number -- a gauge, if you will -- but nothing that gives the true picture.

If you really want the perfect body, don’t think pounds – think measurements. The clothes you wear and the way they fit should determine where you need to lose fat, add muscle, or curb cookie cravings.

According to the World Health Organization, over one billion adults in this world are overweight (and 300 million of those are considered obese). Those are astonishing numbers. How do you get rid of fat? The race is on to burn calories and lose weight, but if we don’t understand where the added weight and calories come from, we might be burning muscle instead of fat.

Exercise for fat loss is different than exercise for weight loss...

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