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Ideal Weight For Height

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In today's world, health and fitness is top of mind. It is all about losing weight shedding pounds to reach the ideal body weight in relationship to your height and body composition. In our endeavours for fitness, as we search for our ideal body weight and deal with the stress of maintaining a proper diet we often do not know how to go about it and what these body fat and calculators or weight charts all mean. Let us help you
Measuring ideal weight and height is no exact science
Often weight is in direct proportion to health, but health can have a number of additional determining factors. Some of these can be the likes of your medical history or that of your family. Others can be genetic as well as smoking, the amounts of alcohol consume, dietary habits and over all lifestyle and stress. It is difficult to predict a persons perfect weight or the ideal percent of body fat.  But it is important to determine a range around witch the ideal body weight will hover. This will allow you to determine the targets of your weight loss program, fat burning exercise or the objectives of your diet.
BMI: Body Mass Index
BMI is a common method of measuring your body mass index as part of your search for your ideal weight.  In this calculation you are measuring the proportionate height of a man or woman against their weight in Kilos or pounds. The calculation is simple and does give you a good idea of your ideal body weight according to your height. If you add the below charts as well and include your frame size, the ideal body weight calculation can be made more accurate. The BMI has multiple calculations, but the most common one is as follows:

English BMI Formula
BMI = ( Weight in Pounds / ( Height in inches ) x ( Height in inches ) ) x 703
Metric BMI Formula
BMI = ( Weight in Kilograms / ( Height in Meters ) x ( Height in Meters ) )

Example: So if you measure 1.80m and weight 75 kilos your Body mass index is : 23.1 = NORMAL!


BMI Classification
18.5 or less Underweight
18.5 to 24.99 Normal
25 to 29.99 Overweight
30 to 34.99 Obesity
35 to 39.99 Obesity
40 or greater Morbid Obesity

This allows you to do your ideal body weight calculation by hand, fun. It by no means a perfect measure nor does it serve as an absolute indicator. The Body Mass Indicator is taken as a factor of size and weight and people with a certain range of weight and size have shown to live longer with better health, but all this is relative. For example these measurements do not work if you are a bodybuilder or an athlete or even if you chain smoke 4packs a day.
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Benchmark measurements for your ideal body weight
Often a target for men of a 37 inches waist is perceived as the mean and 32 inches for women. It is suggested that if weight and size are above these targets,  a person would feel healthier if some weight was lost. The ideal body weight can be very suggestive and through time the visions of perfect weight and health have changed. This calorie and diet obsession idealise very thin low body mass figures. It is important to remember that the human body in order to be healthy, requires a minimum of fat, that minimum depending on age and diet being around 5 to 10% of body weight.
Am I Underweight for my Height?
Being under the above mentioned range can also be a sign of health risks. Certain metabolisms  are naturally faster and maintain a more slender physique.  However, for others being underweight may indicate that bones may not be as large or strong. If weight loss has been sudden  or if you limit and restrict your food indicate this could be the sign of an eating disorder and you should contact your doctor.
Ideal weight chart

Overweight or underweight the below ideal weight chart will give you a body weight range for both men and woman and help calculating ideal weight. Forget the BMI for a moment. To use the woman and mans ideal weight chart you must first determine what your frame size is before you start tangling with obesity and think you are  in need of serious weight loss.

How to determining your frame size:
The simplest way is just to wrap your index and thumb around your wrist. If the two finger overlap around your wrist you are a small frame, if the tip just touch, you are an medium frame, if they do not touch you are a big frame... and you are aloud to use some common sense.
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Ideal weight height chart for woman
Height Small Frame Medium Frame Large Frame
4' 10" 102-111 109-121 118-131
4' 11" 103-113 111-123 120-134
5' 0" 104-115 113-126 122-137
5' 1" 106-118 115-129 125-140
5' 2" 108-121 118-132 128-143
5' 3" 111-124 121-135 131-147
5' 4" 114-127 124-138 134-151
5' 5" 117-130 127-141 137-155
5' 6" 120-133 130-144 140-159
5' 7" 123-136 133-147 143-163
5' 8" 126-139 136-150 146-167
5' 9" 129-142 139-153 149-170
5' 10" 132-145 142-156 152-173
5' 11" 135-148 145-159 155-176
6' 0" 138-151 148-162 158-179
Height and Weight Table chart for Men
Height Small Frame Medium Frame Large Frame
5' 2" 128-134 131-141 138-150
5' 3" 130-136 133-143 140-153
5'' 4" 132-138 135-145 142-156
5' 5" 134-140 137-148 144-160
5' 6" 136-142 139-151 146-164
5' 7" 138-145 142-154 149-168
5' 8" 140-148 145-157 152-172
5' 9" 142-151 148-160 155-176
5' 10" 144-154 151-163 158-180
5' 11" 146-157 154-166 161-184
6' 0" 149-160 157-170 164-188
6' 1" 152-164 160-174 168-192
6' 2" 155-168 164-178 172-197
6' 3" 158-172 167-182 176-202
6' 4" 162-176 171-187 181-207

These charts are based on men and women  from the ages of 21 to 59 so it is difficult to use per persons ideal weight and height under or over these ages.

For children, it is hard to predict the ideal weight of children for their height since each child has his own unique  growing pattern. As well, children burn an enormous amount of calories and the way each child burns his fat or calories can vary greatly.

It is important to ensure that children do not become overweight and stay active as regular exercise ensure weight loss as does a Childs healthy diet and exercise.

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Ideal weight for men or for woman can be subjective and very dependent on current calorie intake, dietary habits, physical exercise and overall level of fitness. But these two measures, the deal weight and height chart together with the BMI (Body mass indicator) are good tools with which to determine your ideal body weight. In the case of over or under weight there is generally no need to panic. On the contrary now that you have the appropriate fitness tools to determine your ideal weight, setting your goals for fitness and nutrition changes, setting goals for your diet is now made more practical. Seriously, if your weight was off the charts, do you really think that a ideal weight calculation would be required to see if you are underweight or overweight, would you?

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