When setting weight loss goals a lot of people want to know – how much should I weigh for my height. How much you should weigh depends on a few different factors such as your height, weight and age. One method of determining your ideal weight is to use the Body Mass Index (BMI). Whilst this is a fairly accurate way of determining how much you should weigh it is not perfect as it doesn’t account for muscle mass, which is one of factors that should be taken into account.
Often people wonder if there is a correlation between their age and how much they should weigh. There is no definitive answer to that question as everyone has a different physiological make up and will be at different levels of activity and fitness at different points of their life. Whilst it is assumed that as people get into middle age they will weigh more as generally they will be less active this often isn’t the case as diet is a much bigger factor in weight maintenance than exercise.
Coming back to the BMI scale – The BMI scale gives you a point score that is based on your weight and height. There are four classifications in the BMI scale –
Underweight – Your BMI score is less than 18.5
Normal Weight – Your BMI score is between 18.5 and 24.9
Overweight – Your BMI score is between 25 and 29.9
Obese – Your BMI score is 30 or more
If you’re curious as to what your BMI score is there are many good calculators online. They are not as accurate as visiting a doctor would be however as they don’t take other factors into account. They are simply using your weight and height together. It should be anyone’s goal to be in the normal range of the BMI scale. This will at least ensure that you are at less risk from weight-related diseases. The best way to achieve an ideal weight is with a balanced diet consisting of good quality food and taking regular exercise.