Posted by Manuel
You may be asking yourself, “How much should I weigh?” The truth of the matter is that you are not alone. There seems to be a great deal of confusion regarding the ideal weight range due to conflicting information passed on mostly by the media and other general sources of exercise and health guides.
First and foremost, you need to understand that your perfect weight is determined by your gender, height and build and isn’t a set number which applies to everyone. You should not be striving to be at the same level with your friends, family or personalities you may see in magazines, on television or elsewhere. If you do so, you may end up setting unrealistic goals for yourself which may affect your health adversely by either causing you to gain more weight or lose too much!
The right question you should be asking yourself here is “How much should I weigh for my height?” As already mentioned before, each person’s ideal weight relies heavily upon their height among other factors. Since it has widely been agreed that you need to be able to take into account muscle-mass to calculate how much you should weigh, we cannot rely on one method of calculation alone. Therefore, that means that you need to learn how to calculate both your BMI (body mass index) and your WHR (waist to hip ratio).
How much should I weigh based on my BMI?
Your body mass index (BMI) is simply the calculation used to determine your weight in relation to your height. The calculation relies on weight in kilograms and height in meters2 as the measuring units to come up with a final figure. For example:
If you weight 80 kilos and have a height of 1.82 meters, then your BMI would be
80 / 1.82 = 24.69
That means your BMI is 24.69
Using imperial units which refer to pounds and inches, then the formula still remains much the same which means that you will take your weight in pounds divided by the height in inches to come up with a BMI.
Another very simple method which you can use to determine you BMI is by looking at charts which have been created by health authorities to come up with figures which can be used as a general benchmark for people of different heights and weights within the same classes. However, a simple way of summarizing what most charts say is:
A BMI of less than 18.5 means you are underweight
A BMI that is between 25 and 30 means you are overweight
A BMI of over 30 means you are obese
The ideal BMI is somewhere between 18.5 and 25
How much should I weigh depending on my WHR?
First, calculate your WHR by taking measurements of your waist’s and hip’s circumference at the smallest point in your waist and the widest part for your hips then getting their ratio through the division process.
For example, if your waist = 30 inches and your hips measure 36 inches, then 30 divided by 36 gives you a WHR of 0.83
A general chart which shows how much health risk you are exposed to depending on your WHR is as follows:
Less than 0.9 –low risk
0.9 to 0.99 –moderate risk
1 or over – high risk
Less than 0.8 – low risk
0.8 to 0.89 – moderate risk
0.9 or over – high risk
So the next time you ask, “How much should I weigh?” remember to check these two factors which should be a good guide towards reaching the right number.