Do You Know Your Natural Weight?

Book Discussion

In their book Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Make Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, authors William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J. C. Gaulin suggest that we have a natural weight. They advocate that this natural weight is based on our genetics and that our weight is much harder to change than we've been led to believe. To put it simply, we have a weight we're meant to be and for many people it's simply not a size two.

Lassek and Gaulin have a method they suggest you use to figure out your natural weight. It involves looking at old family photographs and taking bone and body width measurements and stuff involving your current weight and BMI. I was good with the family photos but I'll confess that when they got into measuring bone and body widths my eyes started to glaze over.

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When I look at old photographs of my mother and her mother I see my body shape. There are slight differences but given that I've never had children and by my age they had both had many, ours shapes are very similar. I have to confess I find the idea of natural weight rather fascinating. I also feel that I may be biased to towards the idea of natural weights because I feel I am at mine and I rather like it.

What do you think of the claim that we all have a natural weight? Have you tried to figure out yours?

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.


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