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Healthy Body Image: The Difference Between Being Thin and Being Healthy

Is your weight loss journey motivated by a desire to look good in the mirror, to be healthy or both?

Weight loss is most often observed on the scale, in the mirror and by how your clothing fits, but while those factors may increase your motivation, it’s important to remember that how you look in the mirror or the number on the scale shouldn’t be your only incentive. A desire to lose weight should be first and foremost motivated by the need to be healthy. 

There are many people who may look thin on the outside but are unhealthy on the inside. Living healthy is about more than shedding pounds; it’s about treating your body right, strengthening muscles and feeding it the nutrients it needs for optimal function.

Someone who is thin but unhealthy might be what we call “skinny fat.” While they may not be overweight, their diet consists primarily of junk food, fast food and processed foods and lacks the nutrients of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. Their muscles are weak and gradually becoming weaker because they aren’t being strengthened through exercise.

This individual may still be at risk of serious problems such as heart disease. Though they are thin (and may have the body shape you desire), they are just as unhealthy as someone who is overweight.

Here are five markers of a healthy body. Focus on these, and you’ll likely experience weight loss and be healthy at the same time.

  • How do you feel? What’s your energy level? How well are you sleeping at night?
  • What does your doctor say about your heart health, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar? Are these numbers in healthy ranges?
  • Are you making time for regular exercise? The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise every week. That breaks down to 30 minutes five days a week. Be sure to combine both cardio and strength training for a healthy heart and body.
  • What does your daily diet look like? Are you eating primarily vegetables, fruits, lean meats and healthy fats? How many times a week do you find yourself in the drive-thru lane?
  • How is your mood? Do you feel happy and confident? Your mental and emotional health can be influenced by a number of factors, including hormones and nutrition. When you focus on living an all around healthier lifestyle, you’ll probably notice your mood improve.

Do you have more questions about losing weight and being healthy? Give us a call today!





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