It’s one way to deal with excess pounds: a 2012 Gallup poll found an increasing number of Americans revising their ideal weight upward in virtual lockstep with their real weight. Men reported weighing an average of 196 pounds (which is 11 pounds over their self-stated ideal of 185). That represents an increase of 14 pounds in ideal weight since Gallup started asking that question in 1990.
Women reported an even wider gap between an ideal weight of 140 (which is up 11 pounds over the past 25 years) and an actual weight of 156. Of course, adjusting one’s notion of what constitutes an “ideal” weight can simply become an excuse to do nothing while the numbers on the bathroom scale continue to rise. And, given all the good reasons to shed pounds (from fitting into a bathing suit to avoiding a heart attack), at least making the attempt beats pretending that being overweight doesn’t really matter. As with all health-minded lifestyle changes, any serious weight loss effort begins with revisions in diet and exercise patterns. But you can try (with the advice of your healthcare practitioner) employing a little natural help to push those scale numbers downward.