It’s hard to understand what your healthy weight range is when everyone is so different.
A healthy weight range for you will not be the same as the next person’s ideal weight. So how exactly do you figure that out? There has to be some standard weight rules for everyone, right?
Here, we give you more insight into how you can more accurately discover your own healthy weight range so you can better customize your weight loss efforts to your personal needs to set an achievable goal.
Why knowing your healthy weight range is important:
What is healthy differs from person to person, depending on a number of different factors.
For example, if you’re pregnant, you need extra body fat, different nutrients, and different exercise to stay healthy in that stage of life.
If you’re a 50 year old male, you’re probably trying to fight the extra weight and slower metabolism that comes with aging.
If you’re an athlete, you need to balance an immensely active lifestyle with a high-calorie diet.
Understanding a healthy weight range for you is key to understanding your body and setting health and fitness goals you can reach.
A Weight Standard: BMI (Body Mass Index)
Your BMI is a measurement of body fat percentage, and is calculated based on your weight, height, and sometimes age.
Body Mass Index measurements are good measurements for healthy weight range because they take into account different height and age groups and develop a response based on specific, tailored information rather than a general standard.
However, it’s not the standard everyone should stick to.
How can I calculate my BMI?
You can calculate your BMI by using this formula: weight (in pounds)/ height (in inches)^2 x 703. OR you can use the BMI calculator provided on the Center for Disease Control website.
I calculated my BMI. What does this number mean?
Great question. There are typically four categories for interpreting your BMI:
Less than 18.5 = underweight
18.5-24.9 = normal or healthy weight
25.0-29.9 = overweight
30.0 or higher = obese
Are these measurements strict?
These calculations just help you have a general idea of where you stand with your health.
For example, athletes often have a lower than typical body fat percentage, so their BMI might show them as under weight, when they’re actually very healthy but simply have a lot of muscle and low fat due to their lifestyle.
The number you get when you calculate your BMI is measuring what is typical for your height, weight, and age.
It’s a good indicator of where you stand, but it doesn’t define your health. Everyone is different. However if you do have any concern after calculating your BMI, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about what steps you can take to reach your healthy weight range.
I figured out my healthy weight range. Now what?
That’s awesome. Now, you can begin your weight loss journey with a goal in mind. If you’re not sure how to get started, read our post here, I Need To Lose Weight.