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Everyone is wondering “how much should I weigh”, right? And as a matter of fact, the answer varies according to your gender, age height, body type, and a bunch of other health factors.
You may see a model in the magazines looking all slim and nice, but when it comes to YOUR personal weight, such figure isn’t really the best example to follow.
The question is: Is there any formula to calculate my ideal weight? The answer is YES. In this video, we will see 3 common methods to help you work this out.
BMI or body mass index is actually the most popular ratio to figure out your ideal body weight and many healthcare experts use it on a regular basis. It’s actually not that hard: You simply divide your weight in pounds in 2X your height in inches and then multiplied by 703.
BMI = weight in pounds / (height in inches x height in inches) x 703
Here is an example: Sara weighs 135 pounds and is 5.5 inches tall. Her BMI in this case would be 22,5 which is among the healthy range.
Experts and official resources claim that a healthy person has anywhere from 18.5-24.9 BMI–anything lower falls into the skinny category whereas a BMI of 25+ make you overweight.
Our BMIs differ depending on our gender, bone mass, and muscle mass and there is no single BMI that is ideal for all people.
Another useful metric we could also use, especially women who have naturally broader hips is the Waist to hip ratio. We can calculate this simply by dividing our waist measurement in our narrowest point to our hips measurements at their widest point.
WHR = 33/42 = 0.78
So if our waist measures for example 33 inches and our hips 42, our ratio would be 0.78.
Like BMI, WHR index also comes with a set of healthy ranges. In women ideally, this ratio should be up to 0.8 for a lower risk of developing heart and circulation problems.
In males, this index should ideally fall to below 0.9 as anything higher than that may increase the risk of developing heart problems at a later stage.
The third and final way to figure out our ideal weight or mass, is to calculate our Waist to Height Ratio which is by divining our Waist in inches to our Height in inches.
Waist to height ratio = Waist in Inches/Height in Inches
Waist to height ratio = 32/66 = 0.48
So for example, if Steve is 5.6 inches tall and his waist measures 32 inches his Waist to Height ratio that would be 32/66 inches so 0.48.
Refer the table in the video 02:24 to know what your ratio says about your weight
There you go–3 different ways to measure your ideal weight or mass. And the best part is, you don’t have to visit your doctor or an expert to calculate these as you can simply do so at home!
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