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What’s Your Ideal Weight According to Your Height?

There’s a world of information out there, so it’s easy to get misinformed about your ideal body weight. Media personalities, or your friends and family, are all too happy to share what works for them. They tell you how they reached their desired weight – and, now, you agree that it’s going to be the same for you. Although they all mean well, they’re selling you a personal experience that can’t be the same for you. So, now you have a number in your head that you desire to be. But is it your ideal body weight? 

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Ideal Body Weight vs. Desired Weight 

What is the difference between your ideal body weight and your desired weight? And how do you get to the right place? Ideal body weight is the optimum weight that you should be. Your ideal body weight factors in your proportions, and all kinds of other measurements that are personal to you such as bone density. 
The desired weight is born from perceptions that are influenced by other people’s looks or opinions. Perhaps you saw a woman in a magazine who is the same height as you but slimmer. Or maybe you grew up in a family full of women who were slim, and you turned out bigger than the other women in your family. Your desired weight comes from wanting to look a certain way, and it’s likely not an ideal body weight for you.

If you’ve sought out professional health resources, and you know that you’re overweight or obese, don’t rush losing it. Losing weight too fast can do as much damage to your body as being overweight. (1) And losing too much weight can also be detrimental to your health. It can put you at risk for muscle loss and nutritional deficiency, among other things. (2) Similarly, if you know you’re underweight, then find professional resources to help you get back on track. After all, health is wealth. We’re all looking to have that perfect level-balance in our overall health.

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Education Is Key! 

Make sure that you take informed steps towards being healthier. Consult thoughtful and reliable resources on your health journey. And don’t be afraid to seek health professionals who can help you reach your goals. Charts like the one shown above can give you a general idea of a healthy weight for your frame, but should in no way be taken as gospel truth.

Although there are many credible and incredible resources available to the general public, we want you to know the right ones. As you may have heard, there a tool called the Body Mass Index (BMI). It tells people whether they’re underweight, overweight, obese, or at a healthy weight. However, as is the case with other resources, the Body Mass Index offers some information but not the complete story.

BMI Limitations  

Again, although there is no shortage of options out there, a lot of resources have their limitations. As mentioned, the Body Mass Index (BMI) is a limited tool because it only takes into account your height and weight. There is no waist to hip ratio included in BMI calculations, (which we know can also affect your health), and there is no consideration of age, distribution of fat, or muscle mass (3). According to the National Institute of Health, a BMI of less than 18.5 makes you underweight and a BMI between 25 and 29.9 means that you’re overweight. And any number higher than 30 makes you obese (4). While the Body Mass Index is useful in some ways, it should not be the only resource used to discover your ideal body weight.

Know Your Options 

If you’re interested in learning how to be the healthiest version of you, then stay informed! Use all the resources available to you, and consult professional resources that can help you on your journey to getting and staying healthy.

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