The first five elements in Your LifeBook set you up to develop a clear understanding of your current health and to identify your motivation.

This week, we will explore how improving weight management contributes to creating overall health and wellbeing. An important first step is assessing the current phase of your weight management. Here are two different measurements to use to evaluate yourself:

  • Body mass index (BMI). BMI is a measure of body fat based on your height and weight. When combined with your waist circumference, it determines if you are at a healthy weight.
  • Waist circumference. Waist circumference allows us to evaluate organ fat accumulation and indicates if extra fat poses a health challenge. To measure waist circumference correctly, stand and place a tape measure around your mid-section, just above your hipbone, and measure your waist after exhaling.

Remember that the current state of your weight is exactly that – a phase you move through as you continue to improve your weight management. Try not to get caught up on numbers, such as your weight, BMI and waist circumference. Instead, keep these two key points in mind while working toward a healthy weight:

  • It is more than weight loss. Your primary focus should be on building healthy habits, not the number on the scale. As your independent OPTAVIA Coach, I am here to keep you motivated and cheer you on through every step of your journey.
  • Implement the Habits of Health. Implementing healthy habits makes managing your weight easier, and you will begin to see progress in reaching optimal health and wellbeing. Habits can transform your old actions into new ones that support your long-term health.

Once you develop your path to a healthy weight, you will have the foundation you need to reach your health goals!

Remember, I’ve been in your shoes! Connect with me, your independent OPTAVIA Coach, to formulate a plan on how we can improve your health and wellness together!

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