So, today I read a blog that was commented about in a blog (rather meta, innit?).
The blog is about a dancer who is considered to be overweight and despite this is happy, healthy and seems to be living her dreams. The hard part about something like this is that people nowadays are wedded to the notion that the number on the scale is the end and all and be all of their health.
Allow me to explain just WHY it's not.
1. Body Mass Index is not helpful in that the numbers are generalized and only go by weight and height, taking nothing else into account.
Because this is so, even if you are heavy from muscle (muscle weighs more than fat, REQUIRING you to eat more to maintain weight, isn't that useful information now? Pick up heavy things and put them down and you can eat more!) your BMI will be high.
This is why you should ignore it as a measure of health.
2. While we're at it, ignore that number on the scale since it's tied into the myth that the less you weigh, the healthier you are.
3. The more you exercise, consistently, incorporate strength training AND maintain a healthy diet the healthier you will be overall.
your mood improves
your clothes fit better
your not cranky from hunger
your sex life improves
What's not to like?
So forget about dieting, eat sensibly, a variety of foods that appeal to you, some that don't, cause you'll get more vitamins that way, and pick up some heavy things and put them down again, and then stretch those muscles out (because too tight is as bad as too loose).
Do it with a trainer, do it with a friend, LEARN how to do it well and safely and your life will probably improve.
This is an excellent web site to get started, she's smart and knows what she's talking about.