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A common question people ask themselves is, “How much should I weigh?” There are several different factors that play what your healthy weight amount is. These factors include:
- Ratio of muscle-fat
- Bone density
- Body frame size
Keeping these factors in mind, one of the best ways to get an estimate of your ideal weight is by calculating your BMI, or your body mass index. Because several different factors are at play, it’s important to keep in mind that your ideal body weight and BMI is going to be different compared to friends and family members.
It’s not reasonable to compare your ideal body weight to others because you can end up comparing to someone who has a BMI that is too high. This can end up with you making health goals that are achieving the opposite of what you want overall. The same thing goes for if you compare to someone who has a BMI that is too low.
How to Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body mass index is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters. If you’re trying to calculate your BMI using pounds and feet, then calculating your BMI is a lot easier if you use the BMI calculator found on this page. Here are a few guidelines that most health professionals will agree with in regards to BMI measurements:
- Lower than 18.5 is underweight
- The range of 18.5-25 is ideal BMI measurements
- Between 25 and 30 is considered as overweight
- Anything over 30 is considered to be obese
While calculating your BMI is a great way to get some estimations going for how you’re doing in regards to your weight, it’s always best to go to your health practitioner to be 100% sure your body weight is alright. Make sure to try out the calculator to get a better idea of what your current body mass index is!