So many people are battling the bulge each day. But how many of them actually know the best way to lose weight?
In fact, many don’t even know what their ideal weight should be.
Often, in practice, I find that many people believe their ideal weight is much higher than it should be – men especially. Weight loss does tend to get trickier as we age, too, so we often find that the ‘ideal’ weight people aim for increases with age, to allow for this. However, this isn’t advisable for health.
Today, I’m going to discuss why weight gain, despite our best efforts, does tend to creep up on us. I’ll also tell you what we can do to combat this weight gain, and how to determine our ‘ideal’ weight.
Be Careful With That Scale!
While your scales certainly play a role in helping determine your ideal weight, I tend to find them both inaccurate and limiting when used as the main tool to help gauge just how healthy you are. For example, muscle mass and how hydrated you are can skew the numbers your scale shows you, in either direction.
Calculating your weight in comparison with the average for your height is the ratio we know as BMI (Body Mass Index). This offers a very general guideline of what your most appropriate weight range should be, but doesn’t tell the full story or take into account individual traits.
Body Fat vs. Muscle Mass
Assessing your hydration levels as well as body fat versus muscle mass percentage, however, does help us better assess where you are and where you should be. Men and women have different ‘ideal’ body fat percentage targets, but both genders should ensure they’re optimally hydrated, which can be assessed through “bioimpedance testing”.
For men, an athletic ideal is typically 6-15% body fat, whereas a more ‘normal’ healthy average would fall in the 15-20% range. Thus if you find yourself at a ‘healthy weight’ according to BMI normals (which are 18.5-24.9) but find your body fat is at 25%, you actually could lose some fat, be at a lower weight than maybe you thought you should be, and be far healthier!
One of the best ways to do this is by changing your diet around by eating less processed and refined foods, especially rich in calorie-dense, nutrient-poor carbohydrates (such as pastries, breads, chips, etc). Click here for your free dietary guide on Paleo Ketogenic eating.
Regularly exercising, especially by lifting weights, doing resistance exercises, and/or interval training also tends to support lipolysis (i.e. fat break down) too.
If You Need More Help to Get to Your Goal?
A couple of things typically tend to sabotage weight loss for many men. Having fasting blood sugar and insulin levels that remain elevated is one of these.
Another big culprit, especially for those aged 35+, is diminishing levels of testosterone. Optimizing this through your good lifestyle habits, as well as supplements like Ben’s Testo Booster and potentially bioidentical hormones (if needed) can also help speed up that metabolism and help the fat melt away.
Use Science to Gauge Your Ideal Weight
Many men are too reliant on the scale and/or BMI tables for assessing their ‘ideal weight’. By incorporating more advanced testing such as body fat percentage and hydration testing, we can all be better informed and potentially healthier if we aim for ideal targets in all of these arenas.
This, along with your lifestyle changes in facilitating weight loss, sets you up with the potential to live your best life. Now who doesn’t want that?!