I know that people think that we worry too much about weight now a days, and that size 16 is the average. But I think that we maybe ignoring the fact that for many people, unless they are tall, size 16 will definitely be overweight. Sometimes it’s not about what we look like, it’s about our health, and being overweight isn’t good for your body or your immune system or your longevity.
Bear in mind that if you are underweight it will also make the exhaustion worse because you wont be eating enough nutrients and minerals to give the body energy.
There are many ways of measuring your weight, but the easiest is how we feel about our body and our dress size (as long as you have a reasonably sensible body image, which you might want to check with your friends). For my height and shape over a size 14 is definitely too large, and and 8 would be too skiny. Getting my hips to a size 10 would take way too much effort as a working Mum (i.e. I can’t be bothered), so 10-12 is probably the ideal for me. I suspect that 10-14 is about right for average sized women, 8 for petite or slight and 16 for tall.
You can also use your weight, fat percentage, hip to waist ratio and Body Mass Index to check wether you are in a healthy range. I’m not a big fan of the BMI calculation, as I do think that body type can make a mockery of it (for instance the Big Hairy Northern one is an ex-rubgy player and cyclist, and it would appear he would need to chop a leg off to be healthy). I do like the hip to waist ratio best as fat around the waist area is particularly unhealthy as it is around our organs. But really, how I fit in my clothes is a good enough indicator and wether I feel fabulous or bleugh.
Due to popular demand I have started a weekly weight loss tip; 12 weeks of them. So if your exhaustion is likely to be made worse by your weight, I can help you with that too. I’m kicking off this week with a live facebook webinar on wednesday at 7pm. All you have to do is like my page and come along just beforehand. I’m going to explain what I think is THE most important aspect to sorting out your weight and then open up to Q&A for as long as it takes to answer all your questions!
HOWEVER. If your baby is very young (under one year), you are maybe getting so little sleep that it’s really not realistic to lose weight. In which case, come back here in 6-12 months time and look up the weight loss tips; they will be here ready for you!
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