#1 Fill Out
A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. Anything above that is considered obese and puts you at risk for health problems. As long as you're in that window, you could be 10-20 pounds heavier and perfectly healthy!
#2 Skip the Fads
People obsessed with getting off that last five or 10 pounds often go to great lengths to lose weight. It's time to stop fad dieting and just stay healthy instead. We really can't handle drinking any more lemon juice or cayenne pepper, thank you very much!
#3 Healthy and Voluptuous
If you're carrying a little extra weight, it's probably all on your hips, thighs and in the glutes. This works out for two reasons. The first being that this kind of fat is not as harmful as the weight carried in the abdomen or around the organs. The second reason is knowing that every girl envies those curves!
#4 Lower Death Rate
Recent studies have shown that people with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 died at lower rates than those of normal weight between 18.5 and 24.9. So a little indulgence here and there could actually be what saves your life!
#5 Size Doesn't Matter
Whether you're skinny or a little overweight, the person that loves you will love you for you anyway! Aw!
#6 You Can Always Buy New Clothes
If Stacy and Clinton from What Not to Wear taught us anything, it's that a few extra pounds can be even hotter than a diet-obsessed figure. It's all about finding the right cut of clothing for your shape! You probably needed a wardrobe update anyway!
While you should still exercise regularly and watch your intake of carbs and sweets, it takes some pressure off knowing that if you gain a couple pounds it's not the end of the world.
#8 No Diet Foods
Be real with us, you think things sweetened with Splenda taste like junk too, don't you? Skip the diet and go for the regular stuff in moderation.
#9 Mental Health
When you are happy in your own skin, no matter the size, you will improve the condition of your life. A few extra pounds, whether lost or gained, shouldn't be the decider of your state of happiness.
#10 Health Has No Size
Remember that just because someone is skinny, it doesn't mean that they are healthier than someone carrying a few extra pounds. Obsession either way can lead to serious heath problems and eating disorders.
#11 We Figured
Carrying a few extra pounds is nothing to be sad about, especially when you carry it in all the right places like actress Christina Hendricks.
#12 Less Worry
As long as you're getting in your 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week, there's probably no problem. That's good because we all have better things to worry about. Things like which cupcake flavor Sprinkles is going to come out with next.
#13 Better BMI
Studies are showing us that the almighty BMI may not be as accurate or healthy as we've thought. As long as you are not more than 5kg (or about 11 pounds) heavier than your listed BMI, you should be just fine.
#14 Role Model
You may not look like a Victoria's Secret model but by just embracing your body the way it is, you will be a role model to the people that know you.
#15 No One Notices
So you gained 5 pounds over Winter break? Big deal, it didn't affect your health in a negative way and we'll keep this between us but no one but you noticed anyway!
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