Formula for How to Calculate Ideal Weight

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Achieving your ideal body weight can have many health benefits.
Achieving your ideal body weight can have many health benefits. (Image: diet concept - healthy food image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

When you start a diet and exercise plan, begin with a goal. That goal could be a certain weight you want to achieve, a number of inches you’d like to lose or a fitness milestone. Along the way, it helps to set mini-goals to keep you motivated and help you stay on track. If you have a goal weight in mind, you need determine if that goal is realistic by calculating your ideal body weight. This can be done by determining your lowest ideal weight and your highest ideal weight, which creates a healthy range.

Things You'll Need

  • Calculator
  • Tape measure

Measure your height in inches. For example, if you are 5 feet, 8 inches tall, your height in inches would be 68 inches.

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Square your height, or multiply your height by itself. For example, if you are 68 inches tall, your height squared would be 4,624 (68 x 68).

Calculate your minimum ideal weight by multiplying your height-squared number by 0.0263. For example, if you are 68 inches tall, calculate your minimum ideal weight with the equation 4,624 x 0.0263 = 121.6 pounds.

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Calculate your maximum ideal weight by multiplying your height-squared number by 0.0354. For example, if you are 68 inches tall, calculate your minimum ideal weight with the equation 4,624 x 0.0354 = 163.7 pounds.

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Tips & Warnings

  • To measure your height, stand straight, with your back to the wall. Have a friend place a marker on the wall at the top of your head, then use a measuring tape to measure the distance from the floor.
  • Body weight formulas are not always applicable to athletes, who may have a higher weight due to increased muscle mass.

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