This was a response for an online discussion for an Intro to Kinesiology class. We were to answer “What is your opinion on how to acquire/maintain a healthy body weight?” I was fired up for some reason and got a bit “ranty.”
The ideal way to maintain a healthy body weight, is to have an active and healthy lifestyle. I believe your health is your wealth and if you want to live life to the fullest and be the best version of yourself, then you need to commit to YOU. And that starts with how you take care of yourself.
If you want to feel the best, then you should eat the best foods you possibly can. This probably will require doing some research and not being afraid to question things people tell you like, ” if you eat this, you will live forever!” Well… maybe you will, but you probably wont. Either way find out for yourself. Look up some articles, preferably peer reviewed research papers so you understand the mechanisms behind what you are putting in your body. Educate yourself! That way you know with certainty.
Far too often we are lazy and just want things to be easy (i.e. the creation of fast-food establishments). But if we can muster the strength to put ourselves first, choosing our health and most importantly our future, then we will have initiated a positive domino effect that will lead you to many great places, including but not limited to maintaining a healthy body weight as result of the healthy lifestyle we chose to create.
I mentioned nothing of physical activity, but honestly that can vary a lot depending on the diet and the lifestyle. Basically, we weren’t born to sit in a chair all day. We need to get out walk, hike, run, swim, play a sport. What I do know is that any weight related issue needs to start with nutrition and diet first before looking at the level of physical activity. A person may be carrying around an extra 30-50 lbs of water weight as a result of high food sensitivity from a “leaky gut (look it up),” causing systemic inflammation, so basically the body is always swollen (this is when you see people lose 50 lbs in a month, and your sitting there thinking they had surgery). Maybe all they need to do is cut out gluten, grains, and dairy? Maybe thats all any of us need to do?