How to Tell Your Ideal Weight
That article is about How to Tell Your Ideal Weight. When you decide to lose weight it is good to have something to aim at. Maybe you just want to lose a few pounds and that is fine but if you are planning to lose weight long term knowing your ideal weight helps. Not only can it give you a goal, it can also show you when to stop. Of course one person’s ideal weight may be different to another’s but if you can find your healthy weight range you can decide whether to try for the upper or lower limit.
There is a simple way of finding your healthy weight range and that is by working out your Body Mass Index (BMI). Just Google ‘Body Mass Index’ and you will find many calculators which do the maths for you. All you need do is type your details into a box.
All calculators will ask for weight and height, some will also ask for age and gender. I prefer those asking for weight, height, age and gender as the result will be more accurate. Having typed your details you will be given a number. This is your BMI and from that you can work out your ideal weight.
This is what the numbers mean.
BMI below 18.5: This shows you have little body fat and are underweight.
BMI 18.5 to 24.9: This is the healthy amount of body fat.
BMI 25.0 to 29.9: This is considered overweight.
BMI above 30.0: This is considered obese.
Most of us know the dangers of being overweight. They include the possibility of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease. Even if you avoid those, and there are overweight people with few health problems, you may still find life difficult and uncomfortable.
The dangers of being underweight are less well known. A BMI of below 18.5 can result in brittle bones, absence of periods in women and iron deficiency. Although athletes can have a low BMI and be healthy the worry for the rest of us is about slipping into anorexia. Anorexia is typically an illness of teenage girls, but it can also affect boys and adults, it is a medical problem and your doctor can help.
That is how to tell your ideal weight. Be aware that the upper limit of the healthy body fat range is not far from being over weight and do be careful about losing too much weight. The best BMI is about 22.0 but aim for anywhere in the healthy body fat range of 18.5 to 24.9 and you will be doing well.