No matter how seemingly simple the question of how much you should weigh is, it really isn’t easy to figure out in a basic answer. With just a quick Google search, you can fire up the keywords ideal weight for your height and you’ll instantly see results. You can even point to a standard height-weight chart, look for the estimate of your frame size, and then you’ll pretty much know what your ideal weight is.
Alternatively, you can even turn to a Body Mass Index calculator. Just punch in your weight and height, you will see if you fall under the underweight, normal, overweight, or obese category.
Without a doubt, these tools are useful – the only thing is there’s still so much more to consider.
We have all been used to the standard height-weight charts as they have been present ever since I can remember. Back in the 1950s, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company gathered information helped in finding the ideal weight ranges for men and women and it has only been updated in 1999. Once you find your frame size and height, you will be pointed to which range you fall under.
However, this might not be fully reliable because height-weight charts do not include how much fat or how much muscle you have. The computation of the Body Mass Index or your BMI isn’t also that reliable as it only considers the relationship of your weight and height. The amount of fat and muscle you have isn’t both considered as well.
Now, this is important to take a look at. For one, obesity doesn’t mean you’re more than overweight; it is a condition where the person has excess body fat. You might be surprised if you see someone who looks really muscular but will be considered overweight in the height-weight chart – or they can even have a high BMI, but aren’t overfat. Essentially, their weight on the scale is higher than the average person since they have a lot of muscle. Hence, the standard charts aren’t really reliable for them.
You might have encountered the term “skinny fat,” – these are people who might look like they are pretty proportional, but actually have a bunch of body fat. They are actually TOFI – THIN ON THE OUTSIDE AND FAT INSIDE. This means they have high Viceral Fat which is the more dangerous fats that are wrapped around the organs.
Basically, using the height and weight chart or the BMI calculator may lead to normal results, but when you consider the amount of fat and muscle they have, they might be technically obese.
The next time you want to assess your ideal body weight, do not forget to account how much fat and how much lean body mass you have. Once you know the amount of fat you have, this can help you find out easier your ideal weight.
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