THE season of sun, sand and sea is right around the corner. Some are already beginning their summer escapades to get ahead of the crowd. And along with this season comes some degree of anxiety over having an acceptable “beach body” that one can sashay around in beaches and summer clothes with.
But, if you’ve only thought about working on that “beach body” now, it’s a tad too late. Achieving an “ideal body weight” needs at least a quarter or half a year to work on. Well, that’s if you intend to do it the right way. No crash diets, supplements whatsoever, just the classic (and most reliable and safe) combination of regular exercise and a healthy diet.
We all have our ideal figures—shape-wise and numeric-wise—for ourselves. But, how do we really know what our “ideal body weight” should be?
We are all actually physiologically and biochemically unique. So, two people of the same height may have different target weights depending on their body type. This is why there are different body types or “builds” — large frame, small frame, apple-shaped, pear-shaped, glass hour, etc. — and also the reason we shouldn’t just be relying on the numbers on the scale. So, no, it’s not actually reasonable to check your weight every day because there is a natural fluctuation in weight depending on your hydration, physical activity, and even for women, menstrual period.
So, to be more accurate about your “beach body” or fitness goals, it would be best to have your body composition measured by a body composition analysis machine and have the result interpreted by a Nutritionist-Dietitian. Now, you have a clue about one of my topics soon. But, just to briefly explain body composition, this is measured by a machine that uses bioelectric impedance to measure the proportion and distribution of the fat and muscles in your body. Of course, accuracy of the measurement depends on the model and brand of the machine. More about this next week!
To find out what your ideal weight should be, approach a licensed Nutritionist-Dietitian to compute it for you. You may ask me through my email, firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a message on Facebook (just search: Justinne Lou Go).
When you find out what your ideal body weight should be, brace yourself for the truth. Achieving and maintaining that ideal body weight can only (and should) be done through regular exercise and a healthy diet. Crash diets or fad diets may work for a while but it never keeps the weight off, mainly because these “diets” are not realistic and sustainable at all. And, of course, they’re not beneficial for your health.
Diet and exercise are inseparable. You can ask any fit celebrity, model or average gym rat how they achieved their physique, they’ll give you the
same answer. This is because you can never burn fat by just eating less. You will lose weight from dieting, but mainly because of water loss and even loss of muscle mass. It is impossible to burn fat without exercise.
To know what exercise is best for you, I suggest you consult an exercise specialist such as a licensed Physical Therapist or a Sports Scientist like Pio Solon of Epic Performance and Fitness Gym. And, of course, if you have any health condition, always consult your doctor before starting any exercise regimen.
Small, simple changes to your lifestyle will surely make great improvements in your health. I’ve seen this in my clients, from those who started with adjustments in their diet, to gaining further improvements when adding a regular exercise routine to their lifestyle. It’s worth the weight!
Watch for next week’s article where I talk more about doing diet and exercise the right way!
(Justinne Lou P. Go is a licensed Nutritionist-Dietitian and shares her expertise at the LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Metro Manila.)
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