To check if you are healthy, do we rely on the weighing scale alone? Weight should not be the primary basis for checking if you are healthy. Sometimes, when you become heavier, it is because you are building muscles or your bones become denser. There are a lot of runners I know who are heavier, but are really fit. They weigh more because running helps keeps their bones dense. Exercises that put extra pressure on specific bones stimulate your bones and help keep them strong. These exercises involves impact (bearing your own body weight) like running, walking, dancing, etc.
Although, nowadays, there are a lot of scales now being developed that will not only measure weight but also body fat % and even water %. Our weighing scale at home does these things. We actually bought it in Bangkok for a cheap price of almost 2000 Thai Bhat. I know these machines cost more than that. Knowing your fat percentage helps you temper fat intake. The scale even tells you if you are underweight, normal, or overweight based on the height, age and gender you encode. Water weight tells you if it is just water you lost. There is a level that you have to maintain so that you bodily functions work smoothly.
Female Body Water Chart Body Fat % Body Water % 4-20% 58-70% 21-29% 52-58% 30-32% 49-52% 33%+ 37-49% Male Body Water Chart Body Fat % Body Water % 4-14% 63-70% 15-21% 57-63% 22-24% 55-57% 25%+ 37-55% Source: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art13909.asp
But another good way to measure if you’re healthy is by using the Body Mass Index charts.
Weight Classifications BMI [(lbs x 703)/in²] Health Risks Underweight < 18.5 Risk of malnutrition Normal 18.5 - 25 Normal Overweight 25 - 30 Moderately increased risk Obese 30 - 35 Increased risk Severely Obese > 35 Significantly increased risk
I hope this article helps you! Let’s all live a happy and healthy life!
BTW, my BMI is…