For some people, especially overweight people, understanding how much you should weigh for your body type and your height can be important.
You may think you are overweight but you might just have a large bone structure. Everybody has their own unique body, so what may be overweight for one person can be a normal
weight for another.
So, What Is My Ideal Weight?
3 Steps To Calculate Your Ideal Weight
To find your perfect weight we will look at three different measurements. Write down each number you get after each calculation, so that at the end of the three tests you will be able to answer your question of “what is my ideal weight”?
1. Your Baseline Weight (Find The Ideal Starting Weight For Your Height )
This will find your baseline weight (it is roughly what you should weigh based on how tall you are)
The first step is to go ahead and measure your height. Remove shoes and socks, stand up as straight as you can next to a door, and use a pencil to mark off your height at the flattest part of your head.
Then use a tape measure to measure from that pencil mark to the floor to find out how tall you are.
Then use this easy calculation:
If you are more than 5 feet tall, take the number of inches over 5 feet and multiply it by 5. Next add 100 to this number. This will tell you approximately how much you should weigh.
Example: If you were 5 feet and 3 inches tall you would take the amount over 5 feet, which in this case is 3 inches and multiply it by 5 which ( 3 x 5 = 15.) Then add 100 to 15 (100 + 15 = 115 pounds) 115 pds. would be your baseline weight.
If you are under 5 feet tall then use 100 pounds as your baseline number.
The number you reach using the above formula is just a guide, it will change as we calculate other factors to find the answer to the question “what is my ideal weight”?
Write your baseline number on a piece of paper.
Step 2 Bone Structure Size (how big are your bones?)
Your bone structure can be big or small or in between and is based on the size of your frame or bones. If you are big boned it can add up to 10 pds to your baseline weight goal.
Use this chart to figure out your frame size. You need a flexible tape measure to do this test. You will be measuring the circumference of your wrist to find your bone size.
|Height||Wrist Circumference||Body Frame Size|
|Under 5' 2"||Under 5.5" inches|
Under 6" inches
|5'2" - 5'5"||5.5" -5.75"|
|Over 5' 5"||over 5.75"|
Once you find your frame size according to the above chart you should subtract 5 pounds from your baseline weight if you have a small frame.
If you are large framed you have to add 10 pounds to your baseline weight.
If you have a medium size frame you do not have to adjust your weight calculation at all.
3. BMI Calculator (how much body fat do you have?)
This is the percentage of body fat you have for your height and weight. It won’t actually show you how many pounds you should weigh but it gives you a clear indication of whether or not
you are at a healthy weight.
Calculate your BMI automatically with this calculator. Write your BMI number on a piece of paper after you have done the automatic calculation then come back to this page and continue reading below to find your perfect weight.
Calculate Your Perfect Goal Weight
Now that you have done the three tests above (you should have written each number down on paper) you can easily find your ideal weight.
Fill in the chart to see where you are now and to find out which way you are headed in terms of weight.
Baseline weight goal ____________(example 150 pds)
Bone structure number __________(large add 10 pds)
Your perfect weight _________(150 plus 10 = 160 pds)
This number is based on the first two tests you did. The third test for Body mass index or bmi
just shows you what body fat percentage you should aim for. The BMI will decrease naturally as you lose weight overall.
By now you should have answered the question “what is my ideal weight”?
You should keep your ideal goal weight and BMI in plain view, perhaps on your fridge, to remind you of what to strive for in your weight loss efforts.
The closer you get to your perfect goal weight calculation the lower your BMI percentage (body fat) will drop too .
Asking “what is my ideal weight”? is not enough, you want to lose body fat as well as pounds. So, keep your eye on not only how much you weight you lose, but how much your BMI decreases as well because a lower BMI will cut the risk of you dying of many diseases.