Sometimes, your weight really is just a number.

By Julia Malacoff
April 03, 2017

If there's one thing we can count on Pink for, it's to keep it real. This past fall, she gave us major #fitmom goals by making the most adorable pregnancy announcement ever. And now that she's had her second child, she's hitting up the gym again on the reg.

When Pink was cleared to head back to her sweat sessions, she posted a celebratory selfie with her trainer Jeanette Jenkins (who also developed our 30-Day Butt Challenge!). In her caption, she said, "Week six post baby and I haven't lost ANY WEIGHT YET! Yay me! I'm normal!" The thing is, it *is* really normal to not lose a ton of weight immediately after having a child. But sometimes the "post-baby body" culture in Hollywood can make it seem like it's possible and even expected that you go back to your pre-pregnancy body almost immediately. (Both Chrissy Teigen and Olivia Wilde have shared their thoughts on these unrealistic post-baby body expectations too.)

Yesterday, the singer took it a step further and shared a confident gym shot with a message that will resonate with both new moms and those who have never been pregnant. She wrote: "Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"? By 'regular standards' that makes me obese. I know I'm not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but dammit I don't feel obese. The only thing I'm feeling is myself. Stay off that scale ladies!" She should be feeling herself, and she's also totally right.

In this caption, Pink is referring to the fact that at her height and weight, her body mass index (BMI) clocks in at 28.3, technically putting her in the "overweight" category. The "obese" category starts at a BMI of 30, but the singer definitely has a point. A recent study found that the healthiest BMI is actually 27, which is firmly in the "overweight" category. This finding could be due to a variety of factors, but the fact that BMI doesn't account for body composition, or the ratio of fat to muscle in a person's body, does make it flawed as the sole method of determining how healthy someone is.

The scale can be a great tool for those who are on weight-loss journeys. But just like the BMI measurement, it doesn't tell the whole story when it comes to body composition. "Overall, we should shift away from crude numbers as the sole measure of health but take into account dynamic measures like exercise tolerance, total body fat percentage, and other biomarkers collectively to assess health," Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Touro College of Medicine in New York City, told us in "The Healthiest BMI Is Actually Overweight." Essentially, weight and BMI are just some of the factors that can be used to evaluate health, but they're not the only ones that should be taken into consideration. Not convinced? These three weight-loss success stories prove that the scale is bogus.

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