How to Calculate How Much You Are Supposed to Weigh

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Find your ideal weight and take the guess work out of weight loss.
Find your ideal weight and take the guess work out of weight loss. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Obesity has become a national problem in the U.S., and as a result weight loss has become a popular goal for many people. However, the process is difficult and the results are fleeting for a lot of people. This is usually due to body image goals that are unrealistic and unhealthy. There is a specific weight for each person, at which that person is healthiest. This ideal weight depends on the individual’s gender and height. Learning your ideal weight is the first step toward a healthier lifestyle.

Determine your height if you do not know what it is exactly. Stand against the wall and have a friend mark the highest point of your head with a pencil. Use a tape measure to find the distance from this point to the floor. This is your height in feet and inches.

Assign 100 pounds to the first 5 feet if you are a woman then add 5 pounds for each additional inch. For example, if you are a 5-foot-10-inch tall woman, then your ideal weight is 150 pounds (100 pounds + 50 pounds).

Assign 106 pounds to the first 5 feet if you are a man then add 6 pounds for each additional inch. Therefore a 6-foot-2-inch tall man should weigh 190 pounds (106 pounds + 84 pounds).

Enter your height and weight into a body mass index (BMI) tool if you wish to receive a healthy weight range for your height. Various websites provide the tool at no charge, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

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