Find Your Perfect Body Shape
The human body was not designed to be obese, but neither are most human bodies meant to fit into size zero jeans.
A healthy body can be many different shapes and sizes, and no individual body is exactly the same as another. That means that each body has its own size and ideal weight. It's important that you listen to your body to find this balance.
Media vs. Reality
Television, movies, billboards and the like seem to only recognize one type of beauty: thin for women, rippling muscles for men. Constant exposure to these images and advertisements can twist perceptions of what a body is supposed to look like.
When the average American model is thinner than 98% of American women, then it is no surprise that 80% of these same women report being dissatisfied with their appearance or why eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia, continue to afflict our society, preying heavily on adolescent girls.
True beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. In determining your perfect body size, health should be the preeminent factor in judging success.
Excess belly fat is a serious health concern, and if you have too much belly fat, you should be working to get rid of it in a safe and effective manner. This does not mean trying to fit into a specific size of clothing or look like a favorite super model.
Your Body Knows Its Ideal Shape
Each individual body has a comfort zone – a size and weight where it functions best. Your body will actually try to maintain this weight by increasing or slowing metabolism, as well as sending full or hunger signals to your brain to stop or fuel energy consumption.
What this means is that your body will do its darnedest to stay at the size it likes, and even if you try to get down to a smaller proportion, your body will fight you the entire way.
That is why it is so difficult to lose weight and why it is oh-so-easy to put it all right back on.
Listen to your body. First, work on getting rid of your belly fat, and then find the size your body wants to be and embrace your unique look.
A Healthy Body is a Beautiful Body
To break away from the unrealistic expectations of the media, work to change the way you perceive your body. Concentrate on achieving health and wellness.
Losing belly fat may help you look better in a bikini, but your well-being is much more important. Try to lose belly fat in order to stave off diabetes, heart disease, cancer and metabolic disorder.
Maintaining health also means that you can live an active lifestyle unimpeded by weight or illness.
Everyone knows someone who is in great physical condition and in top health even if their body is a little larger than normal. This is because no body is exactly the same, and some bodies naturally carry more weight than others.
Just because you have a higher body weight does not mean you are unhealthy or unattractive. Curves, despite what the billboards may show, are natural and fabulous.
As long as you are making the right changes in your life – exercising regularly, eating smaller serving sizes of nutritious food and finding time to relax throughout the day, you will gradually move down to your right body size.
Maintaining your ideal weight is the best thing you can do for your body.
Don’t fall into the trap of judging yourself by the standards of others, especially the entertainment establishment. By loving your body at the right size – your size – you can be healthy and happy.