Do I Need To Lose Weight? Dec 02

Let's start off by understanding a little bit about "weight" ...

Healthy Weight

There is no single, definitive "ideal" weight that is appropriate for everyone; Our bodies come in all different sizes, body types, and with different genetic predispositions.  what is an appropriate weight for you is not necessarily the appropriate weight for another person.  That is why at Essential Health Solutions we approach weight loss from a perspective that takes a person's total health and wellness into account: we look for your "healthy weight".

A tall, big-boned person with a slow metabolism, for example, will have a much higher healthy weight than a short, wiry person with a fast metabolism.  And if the first individual successfully slimmed themselves down to the weight of the second individual, they might be thinner, but they would by no means be healthier.

Because of this, comparing just your weight itself to another person's, pound for pound gives us no clear indication of where you fall in relation to your optimal healthy weight.

Instead when assessing your current weight in relation to your optimal healthy weight, there are three predominant factors that we take into account:

  • Percentage Body Fat
  • Waist-To-Hip Ratio
  • Body Mass Index

These tools allow for a far healthier and useful evaluation.

An honest and realistic approach to losing weight must be in line with identifying and achieving one's healthy weight, not with trying to look like a movie star.

At each progress visit you have at Essential Health Solutions, we will calculate your body fat percentage and BMI to keep track of the progress you make in your weight loss efforts.  We will also calculate your waist-to-hip ratio in order to regularly assess your risk (and the potential diagnoses) of any weight-related health concerns.

Let's take a closer look at the factors we take into account while making an assessment of your weight ...

The Calorie Counting Myth Aug 07

Calories are a measurement of energy, so cutting back on calorie intake and exercising more and expending more energy should mean that you lose weight, right? This "calculation" is the core logic behind the “calories in, calories out” theory—that creating a calorie deficit and burning off stored calories leads to weight loss. If only it were this simple. This approach takes for granted that all calories are alike and are burned in the same way, no matter where they come from.