A lot of us obsess about how much we weigh. I know I did. How much is often proportional to your self-esteem or how good you feel. However, weight is akin to temperature. Much like an increase in your body temperate is an indication that there is something wrong in your body, your weight can be an indication that there is something wrong in your body and you need to act. Monitoring weight is therefore useful, but you need to solve the deeper problem that might be lurking within.
Dr. Ronesh Sinha has created what he calls a Metabolic Six Pack or six things that you should worry about much more than your weight, especially if you are over thirty.
- Trim your waist to below 35 Inches for male and 31 Inches for females. The fat around your waist and hips is the worst kind of fat called visceral fat and affects the organs around them. Your jacket from 1997 will also fit you better.
- Bring your triglycerides to below 100 mg/dl. Triglycerides are nothing but storehouses of fat or energy and if you are above 100 mg/dl it means you are storing too much.
- Raise your HDL to above 40 for male and above 50 for females. HDL is the good cholesterol and helps fight or reduce LDL or bad cholesterol.
- Reduce your systolic Blood Pressure to 120 and diastolic to 80. Internationally they are even asking patients to try and reduce their blood pressure to 110 and 70. Do what you think is right.
- Reduce your fasting sugar (taken first thing in the morning without eating) to below 100 mg/dl. Decrease your three month average sugar also known as HbA1c to below 5.7%. Above 5.7% is pre-diabetic and at 6.5% you are diabetic.
- Reduce your hs-CRP to below 1 mg/dl. This is a test for inflammation especially of the arteries and is linked to heart diseases.
Once done, you can tell that super fit person you meet – hey I too have a six pack!