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When is Thin Too Thin or Fat Too Fat?

There was a lot of internet chatter last week about a new report on nearly three million people published in The Journal of the American Medical Association that found those whose B.M.I ranked them as slightly overweight had less of a risk of dying than people of normal weight. Well then… break out the wheat thins, I don’t have to be thin after all. Right? Not exactly.

It is still true that obese people had a greater mortality risk over all, while those at the lower range of “obese” on the B.M.I scale (30-34.9) were not any more likely to die than normal-weight people. But before YOU break out the French fries or pizza and cancel your gym membership, let’s look at the fat facts. Even if you are at the lower end of the “obese” B.M.I range, there are other factors to consider. Nutrition experts agree that factors like blood pressure, cholesterol profiles and blood sugar are also important when deciding whether or not you are at a healthy weight. In addition, where your fat is located is also a determining factor. If the majority of your excess baggage resides inside your belly versus your thigh and butt area, it can raise your risk of obesity-related diseases. In other words, if you only have 15 or so pounds to lose, but your cholesterol profile and/or blood pressure are elevated, and your fat is concentrated around your belly, you may be at a higher risk for obesity-related diseases (heart disease, diabetes, etc.) than someone who has 20 pounds to lose, but has normal cholesterol and blood pressure levels and fat that is evenly distributed.

With all this being said, to a certain extent our bodies have certain healthy “set points”, or points at which we are able to maintain a healthy weight without having to go to extreme measures. You will discover this once you move into later Phases of Atkins, and yes, for some, this healthy set point may be 10 to 15 pounds over what you had envisioned your “ideal” weight to be. And according to this latest study, you are just as healthy as someone at a lower B.M.I. So relax no need to go to extremes to get that last 10 lbs. off. Atkins will take you to your natural healthy weight eventually.

Ultimately a “healthy” weight depends on a variety of factors. If you continue to follow Atkins and incorporate some regular activity or exercise into your lifestyle, you will be well on your way to a weight you can maintain for the rest of your life. Don’t let the scale dictate your tactics. Look at all variables to determine your health risks. If those last 10 lbs. are very stubborn to leave, but the weight is evenly distributed, and all your markers is in healthy ranges, just relax, give your body a break. It may know better than you that you are at a healthy weight for your body. If you have 10 to 20 lbs. still to lose and the weight is all around your middle, and your lipid profile still has some level of potential improvement, stay on path, stay beneath your carb tolerance and stay the course to get that weight off eventually. 

Published Monday, January 14, 2013 11:50 AM by colette_heimowitz
Filed Under: Phase 3 & 4, Carb Balance/Carb Intolerance, Plateau, Nutrition, Personal observations & lessons learned
Comments
judithmichele said:
I just started on Jan. 11,2013. I am so happy with all of the info and support, and the format that Adkins has. I need to loose alot of fat. Thank you for posting on your blog, it helps me in the morning. judithmichele
January 15, 2013 10:14 AM EST
Igwien1959 said:
I'm 17lbs away from goal wieght and everyone is telling me, " You are too thin." But I have the belly fat and I really think people are not use to seeing me at a healthier wieght. thanks for the information, because I was starting to wonder if my wieght is too thin. 5-11 goal wieght 195lbs.
January 16, 2013 09:14 PM EST
gojo246 said:
Hello Eveyone, Is anyone in the new hampshire area. I am in Candia. It would be nice to have a person near by. Someone to exercise with. Thanks JoAnn
January 19, 2013 09:00 AM EST
br0wneyedgirl40 said:
HI everyone! Just starting Atkins....I have been on Weight Watchers for 4 weeks now and only losing a mere 3 lbs...I have done Atkins years ago and had a huge success but as I slowly started eating the "normal" every day foods I became too free and gained it all back....I just turned 40 and want a healthier life for my kids and myself......good luck to everyone just starting and those who are maintaining!!! Lisa (Vermont)
January 21, 2013 06:38 AM EST
aleesha007 said:
I started on the program yesterday and have lost 3 pounds. I am doing a Jillian Michaels exercise DVD called Shred it with Weights. I have 32 pounds to go. I am highly motivated and intend to keep with the program. I am in the induction phase. I have been watching the Biggest Loser. I find the contestants to be inspirational and motivating,
February 02, 2013 10:14 AM EST
cubeatles said:
i am starting the program today and i am surprised to see that you have to measure every cup of lettuce. i am a diabetic and have been on every diet imaginable. years ago this program worked for me very well. after the doctors harped on me i decided to stop the atkins diet. i gained all my weight back plus some more. i tried later to start the diet again but just could not get back into it. so i am hoping this time will be different. LORD knows i gotta do something and this diet just makes sense to me. BUT i don't think i will be measuring and counting every peice of lettuce i put into my mouth. at least not at first.
February 03, 2013 05:37 PM EST
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