Definition of a ‘healthy weight’?

What’s the definition of a ‘healthy weight’? Is it BMI? Body fat percent? Or something else? Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an obesity medicine doctor, has a great working definition called "best weight".

Happy 2-Tips Tuesday!

Here are two ideas to consider this week.

By Jennifer Broxterman, RD


1. Best Weight - Dr. Yoni Freedhoff

 Your *best weight* is whatever weight you reach, when you're living the healthiest life you actually enjoy.



This idea comes from a renowned Medical Doctor in the field of obesity research, and is Dr. Yoni Freedhoff’s working definition that I’ve adopted with my own nutrition clients.

Here’s a longer passage from Dr. Freedhoff on this topic:

Looking to weight loss success stories from Dr. Freedhoff’s medical clinic, the one common theme is that while maintaining their losses requires ongoing effort, that effort isn't perceived by these weight loss masters as a hardship but rather as just living with new lifestyles, and lifestyles that they enjoy.

After working with thousands of patients over the course of the past dozen years, it's clear to Dr. Freedhoff and other obesity researchers that liking the life you're living while you're losing weight is the key to keeping it off.

Long-term successful weight loss - so what does that goal post look like? 

The term Dr. Freedhoff coined to describe it is "best weight," where your BEST WEIGHT is whatever weight you reach when you're living the healthiest life that you actually ENJOY.

If your efforts can be summarized as cyclical, episodic, concentrated bouts of suffering, during which your aim isn't the healthiest life that you can enjoy but rather the healthiest life that you can tolerate, well, go figure you're not likely to keep it off.

If you want to succeed with long-term weight loss, it's crucial that you embrace both reality and imperfection.

Remember, too, that your best efforts will vary. Your best when facing a challenging time in life will be different from your best when everything is going well.

The truth is, there will come a point where you can't happily live any better — where you can't happily eat less and you can't happily exercise more — and your weight, living with that life, is your best weight (and your best body).

In every other area of our lives we readily accept our best efforts as great, and we need to do that with weight and healthful living too. 


2. Quote: Dr. Yoni Freedhoff

“Plenty of people are taught that the magic bullet of weight loss is to simply ‘eat less and move more.’ Worse, many people believe that exercise, an incredibly enjoyable and healthful behavior, must be taken to unenjoyable extremes if weight is a concern.”

– Dr. Yoni Freedhoff



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Jen Broxterman
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