It has been my experience that most people are in denial about being overweight. One simple and effective method to figure out if you have a weight “problem” is to check your waist measurement.
With a tape measure, measure the distance around the smallest area below your rib cage, above your belly button. This measurement is the best and simplest measure of total body fat, and is far better than standard BMI (body mass index), which fails to factor in how muscular you are. Waist circumference is also the best indicator of intra-abdominal fat mass…the “bad” kind of fat around your internal organs that’s strongly linked with Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some liver disease.
Your waist size is also a powerful indicator of insulin sensitivity, as studies clearly show that measuring your waist size is one of the most powerful ways to predict your risk for diabetes.
If you’re not sure if you have a healthy waist circumference, a general guides are:
* source: “U.S. Gets “Big F” on Health Report Card”. Mercola.com. October 4, 2012.
When I started my own fitness journey not that long ago, my waist was 38 inches which put me on the borderline of overweight and obese.
It is totally within your power to choose whether you’re going to be like many Americans and continue to gain 3 or 5 or 10 pounds (or more!) a year, or you can decide to make positive changes now that will dramatically improve the quality of your life.
When I originally wrote this article in November 2012, Thanksgiving was just around the corner. The picture of the turkey and fixins above was perfect! Think about it though! What time of year AREN’T we focused on food…big meals, unhealthy foods and/or sweats?
Every month I accept a new class of virtual challengers into a private, Online Facebook Challenge Group. I always limit these groups to no more than 20 or 30 people so I can give folks individual attention for their questions. I post daily, expect check ins and hold you you accountable to your own goals. Joining a Team Triumph Challenge Group means you’re committed to change, but want some extra FREE support, motivation and accountability along the way. Email me or post below ASAP if you want in! The physical and emotional transformations from my previous Challengers are pretty remarkable. There are programs varying in length: 21, 30, 60 & 90 days. Tell me your goals, and we’ll develop a plan and I’ll coach you to it day by day.
So have one last go with grandma’s pecan pie or whatever you crave and feel you can’t live without if you absolutely must LOL! Then get ready to Bring It! To be honest, the goal for most people during the first 4 weeks of any Challenge is to NOT BE one of those average people who QUIT within the first month…before they really get started. That’s where the support of your Team becomes so essential! We’re not going to let you fail. No quitting. No giving up!
Again, spots are always limited so let me know if you’re ready to Decide, Commit and Succeed. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP and ask to be added to the current Challenge. Membership and my coaching is totally FREE. Our first step will be defining you goals and establishing your Why. From there I will make recommendations in terms exercise and nutrition…things that have worked in the past (or present) for me. In order to join my Challenge Group, you need to be 100% committed and 100% willing to follow my recommendations. I promise I won’t steer you wrong. You put in the work and follow the meal and nutrition plan I recommend for you and you WILL see RESULTS.
To your good health!
Coach Britt Weber