How to Find Information on My Ideal Weight

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Determining your ideal weight can help you set fitness goals.

Every person has an ideal body weight in terms of health. According to the Center for Disease Control, Body Mass Index (BMI) is a means of determining your healthy weight. BMI uses a person's height and weight to measure his percentage of body fat. Adults age 20 and older wishing to achieve their healthiest weight should aim for a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 percent.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape Measure
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Instructions

    • 1

      Use the tape measure to calculate your exact height in inches. Enlist the help of a second person to do this if necessary. Round your height to the nearest whole number.

    • 2

      Access the Body Mass Index Table. Find your height in inches along the left column of the chart. Mark the location with one of the fingers of your left hand.

    • 3

      Locate the heading "Normal" along the top of the chart. Mark the location of the first number within the normal range with one of the fingers of your right hand.

    • 4

      Move the finger marking your height to the right. Simultaneously move the finger marking the "Normal" range down.

    • 5

      Continue until the two fingers meet on a specific number. Write this number down as it represents your lowest healthy body weight.

    • 6

      Use one finger to move to the right in the same row as your lowest body weight. Stop at the last unshaded number.

    • 7

      Write this number down as it represents your highest healthy body weight. Review the two numbers you have written down; these represent your ideal weight range in pounds.

Tips & Warnings

  • BMI is not a direct measure of body fat. Accordingly, it does not take into account muscle when determining ideal weight.

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