Ideal Body Weight: Is There Such A Thing?
Ideal Body Weight: Is There Such A Thing?

Ideal Body Weight: Is There Such A Thing?

One of the most common questions I am asked when I sit down with a client to establish a plan is, “What should I weigh?”

That is understandable amidst the sea of opinions and cultural pressures. It’s so hard to know what weight to aim for and still maintain a healthy body image. We get so focused on the number on a scale that we can lose sight of what really matters at the end of the day—being healthy and able to lead a full life.

That number we so often dread on the scale is only a part of the bigger picture. An ideal and healthy weight is very individual and needs to be treated as such.

he Body Mass Index

One of the most simple (but by no means best) ways of looking at ideal weight is BMI, which is based solely on height and weight. As a formula it looks like this:

BMI formula infographic

You can take the result of this formula and place it into one of four categories: Underweight (BMI <18.5), Normal (18.5-25), Overweight (25-30), and Obese (> 30). You can also use a graph like the one below:

 

BMI Graph

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