Happy Healthy Weight Week!
Healthy Weight Week is held the third week of January to raise awareness of self-accpetance and a non-diet, lifestyle-centered approach to achieving a healthy weight.
During Healthy Weight Week, people are encouraged to pursue lifelong health habits that encourage eating well without dieting.
A few of these habits include:
- Eating at regular times and not skipping meals when you are hungry
- Eating to satisfy hunger
- Stop eating when you no longer feel hungry, not when your plate is finished
- Concentrating on healthful habits, not the numbers of the scale
How Do you Figure Out Your Healthy Weight?
By calculating your Body Mass Index also known as BMI. Here are the steps:
- Weight (in pounds) x 703
- Divide that number by height (inches)
- Divide that number again by height (inches)
A healthy or "normal" weight with BMI is 18.5 to 24.9.
Even though BMI is a helpful measure to determine healthy weight, it does have a few limitations including:
- Overestimating body fat in athletes or those with a muscular built
- Underestimating body fat in older persons and others who have lost weight.
- Waist circumference
- Waist-to-hip ratio
- Body fat measurements with skinfold measurements, bod pod, or underwater weighing
For more information on healthy lifestyle habits contact your local Registered Dietitian or visit the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics' website (click here).
Other Resources Include:
Preventing Portion Distortion by the UNL Extension Educators
Do You REALLY Know How Much You Eat? by Alice Henneman, MS, RD & UNL Extension Educator
Small Steps to Healthy and Wealth by UNL Extension Health and Finance Program
What is one healthy lifestyle habit that you have applied to your life?
Have a great Tuesday!
Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Student
University of Idaho
*I was not compensated for writing this post