Use the calculator below to find out. If your actual body weight falls within 10% (above or below) the weight calculated, you are within a healthy weight range!
This is only an estimate and is meant to give an idea of what to aim for. If you do not match this weight exactly, don’t be alarmed. Please note that this guideline does not account for increased muscle mass, pregnancy, illness, etc.
Try comparing this number with your Body Mass Index (BMI). If you are above your recommended healthy weight and BMI, you may want to consider changing your lifestyle to incorporate healthier eating habits and increased physical activity. You can also check the Body Weight Planner Calculator from the National Institutes of Health. Remember, always consult your physician first.
A calculator like this is an innovative concept. It provides a more detailed and accurate explanation of what a person’s weight should be based on a number of criteria. That is, all someone has to do is plug vital stats into the calculator. These stats include age, height, weight, etc. When the calculator provides the information, it will be far closer to accurate than what appears in a book. Again, the information will be compiled by examining specific figures as opposed to presenting a "ready made" figure based on extreme generalization.
However, it is also important to note that a perfect weight is sometimes subjective and sometimes it is objective. That is, if you are 8 lbs over your ideal weight, it may not necessarily mean your physical appearance will be poor. After all, even if you are carrying extra fat tissue it may not seriously affect appearance. Personal preference and opinion will weigh heavily on how you wish to approach the goals of your weight.
Knowing your ideal body weight is a good first step to take before you start flexible dieting. This helps you to have realistic expectations and to establish a healthy goal weight.
Understanding your optimal weight can help you with the following aspects of dieting:
Allows you to set realistic weight loss goals.
Prevents the thinking that weight loss is necessary when it isn’t.
Gives you a baseline to use for building muscle.
Helps with maintaining a healthy weight for your height.
Shows you a goal to strive for if you are underweight.