What is a Good Weight for Me?
Most people ask at some time, ‘What is a good weight for me?’ They may have been told to lose weight by their doctor or not very polite friends or just think it a good idea themselves. But how much should they lose and what should they aim for? The best guide to healthy weight is the Body Mass Index or BMI. You may know Body Mass Index already or have heard it mentioned.
It sounds technical but it is not rocket science. Body Mass Index is just a way of working out if your weight is appropriate for your height. The actual calculation is weight divided by height squared. This can be in either kilograms and metres or pounds and feet and inches. But don’t buy a calculator specially, just Google BMI and you will find charts galore. Type in your details and you will find your Body Mass Index. Be aware that there are separate charts for adults and children, so this needs to be taken into consideration.
When you have found your Body Mass Index compare it with the categories. Below 18.5 you are underweight, 18.5 to 24.9 is normal. If you are 25 to 29.9 you are overweight and if you are 30 or greater you are obese. So the answer to your question, ‘What is a good weight for me?’ is somewhere between 18.5 and 24.9 Body Mass Index. But where? This rather depends on what you want; do you want to be really slim or a little more rounded in shape. It is obvious that if your Body Mass Index is 24 you should not be celebrating too much.
Maybe less obvious is that if it is 19 you may not have cause for celebration either. If you are near to being underweight and have no medical condition you must beware of eating disorders. Perhaps you just eat right and exercise a lot. If so that’s fine, but do make sure you are not losing too much weight.
A reasonable BMI to aim for is 21, but if you feel more comfortable a little higher or lower aim for that. To find out how many pounds you need to lose or gain just go back to your Body Mass Index chart and type in various weights to see how your Body Mass Index changes as a result. Alternately lose or gain weight over a few weeks and then check your
Body Mass Index to see where you are. Be aware that the healthy Body Mass Index range is not precise. If you are an athlete or very muscular you may get a higher Body Mass Index even if you are healthy. Forget the old wives tale about being heavier because of ‘big bones’. The old wives got it wrong – maybe on purpose. The normal Body Mass Index figures will not apply if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Losing weight is just a matter of consuming fewer calories than you burn in exercise and general activity each day. If you eat 500 calories a day less than you burn you will lose 1 pound a week. You can achieve this by eating a healthy balanced diet. Make sure you leave out the high carbohydrate, fatty and high sugar foods and exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
It is easy enough to answer your question, ‘What is a good weight for me?’ Somewhere around the middle of the healthy Body Mass Index range is the way to go. Whatever your Body Mass Index you can reach your best weight. It is not difficult with time, exercise and a healthy diet. Don’t put it off – start today.