I thought that this quote by@carorees was very interesting.
carorees wrote: Serendipitously, a friend shared this article on FB today:
What happens next when your New Year's diet isn't working
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-susan- ... 01044.html
Some good insights in the article, especially:What's a Healthy Weight?
A healthy weight is a person's natural weight. It's very individual, based primarily on genetics. For instance, if you come from a long line of tall, slim ancestors, you have a good chance of looking like them. If your ancestors are short and stocky, that's what you might see in the mirror. All the healthy eating and exercise in the world can't change that.4. Have you accepted the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes? Size acceptance is not beating yourself up for your size nor is it just "giving up."
Aim to: Understand the factors that go into you being the size you are and then, if you choose, optimizing your lifestyle to make the most of who you were born to be. That means treating yourself well by eating well, moving your body regularly, getting enough sleep and managing stress.
In the past I have found it difficult to have sympathy with some posters with BMI in the low 20s who are bemoaning the fact that they can't lose those last few pounds when I think I will be happy if I can maintain somewhere around BMI 25 - 26. I think the above quote helps to explain how we all need to decide what is normal or achievable for ourselves when we decide where to maintain taking into account these factors . If we aim to maintain too low just because that is what is the accepted norm we could be making it too difficult for ourselves.