How to measure your health without focusing on your BMI, counting calories or what your scale says!

When it comes to measuring our health, here at The Yummy Mummy Club we are not overly concerned about having “perfect BMIs”, controlling our calorie intake and monitoring our calories expenditure, or obsessing over the number our scale says.

Focusing only on these figures will not be a true measure of your health.

BMI

Your Body Mass Index or BMI is a ratio measurement of your total mass to your height, squared. It is a simple equation, that is used widely used around the world that measures the “normal weight” status of individuals.

It is important to note that BMI not account for your total muscle mass versus your total fat mass. Muscle is heavier than fat. If you happen to have more muscle, according to BMI you may be considered overweight, which, in most cases wouldn’t be true.

Calories in vs Calories out

Yes, we agree that you need to create a calorie deficit to lose weight. But there is more to weight loss than just counting calories. Not all calories are created equally. We react differently to different types of calories. When you eat a piece of grilled salmon and steamed vegetables, there is going to be a different biological influence   on your satiety levels, brain reaction and activity and your metabolic rate, compared to a bowl of ice-cream, even if they contain comparable amounts of calories.

Scales

The number on the scale can be a great starting point for your weight loss journey. But our weight fluctuations day by day. Your weight can fluctuate as a result of your diet, fluid intake, salt consumption, exercise and medications. A healthy weight and body will be, and look different for everybody.

The true measure of health

When it comes to your health, it is important to listen to your body. Health isn’t just about counting calories, weighing a certain amount or having a ‘normal BMI’, it is about feeling healthy, and feeling good about yourself.

Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.

Tammy Kacev
Nutrition Expert

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