Kim Kardashian’s Weight Scale Reading is Not Relevant, According to Experts
Kim Kardashian has always found a way to be in the headlines, and this time it is about her borderline-anorexic weight loss. The news piece titled 116 Pounds Proud, which was shared with her 116 million followers, was although considered worthy of a headline by every celebrity news medium, however experts did not approve.
The purpose of weight loss is to be healthy, and we all know that she was perfectly healthy, with a great skin tone and gorgeous features, weighing 140 pounds. In fact, experts opine that weight numbers should only be monitored for guidance purposes, because calculating the absolute right weight must involve around two dozen parameters, instead of just a person’s height and wrist circumference.
How Did She Do It?
A lot of people are wondering how Kim K was able to achieve such a drastic reduction in weight. Well, let us tell you that it was basically all hardcore strength training with a controlled diet for a little less than a year. According to her, the newly gained strength and lower weight feels great.
However, experts believe otherwise. Dana James, Columbia University’s triple certified weight loss expert, commented on Kim Kardashian’s weight loss that while it is every woman’s right to feel good about herself, Kim owes an explanation to her fans and followers that such a stringent diet plan and exercise regime is not for everyone.
Although 116 pounds is a good and healthy weight for those who are 161cm tall and 38 years of age, but it is an unhealthy weight for taller or older women. The science of weight loss only starts from the traditional parameters because other factors greatly affect the ideal number such as muscle and bone density, height, fat ratio, and structure.
Detrimental to Body Positivity Movement
Following a magical number seldom amounts to any good especially in the case of weight loss. Many women desire that ideal hourglass body structure, and now that they have witnessed their beauty icon proudly achieve the same at 116 pounds, there is no doubt many are going to start following her regime and diet.
This is why nutrition experts like Dana James have put their primary focus on self-worth of the person seeking weight loss, encouraging them to make healthier choices which may not necessarily require any loss in weight. So when Kim boasted about looking amazing because she weighs a certain number, it obviously poses a threat to the body positivity movement overall.
Nikki Ostrower, the founder of NAO Wellness, also has her objections. She says that feeling proud about the reading on the weight scale is outrageous as you may be in the worst possible health at that time. No one should estimate his or her self-worth based on a reading on a digital scale or a health chart. It is wrong because firstly, looks aren’t everything, and secondly, health and fitness isn’t about numbers and hence oversimplification is always misleading in this case.
How To Make A Proper Assessment of your Health
It is the composition of the 116 pounds that tells you exactly how healthy you really are. While reducing your body size, you may actually end up gaining more than a couple of pounds and it could be good news for you because muscle mass weighs more than fat. Nikki said that she has thrown away the scale years ago and also recommends the same to her clients. She did so because stress never helps with fitness and the weight scale is a great source of stress.
Body weight in women fluctuates even more with the menstrual cycle. The best way to deal with such fluctuation is to weigh yourself when you feel like you are in great health overall. For most women, it is the first two weeks of the period. Also, you have to manage your workouts according to this same parameter as well. If you feel bloated in your stomach or the symptoms of excessive water retention in your body, then it is not a good time to top it up with weight scale reading as you are naturally going to give a high reading.
Ostrower gives the perfect solution: instead of using a weight scale, you should leverage your feeling of health and fitness on natural indicators such as your water intake, stress level, daily metabolic movement, PMS intensity, energy levels throughout the day, and how well your favorite clothes fit you.
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