There’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ weight for all people—imagine if we all strove to see the exact same number when we stepped on the scales?
If you’re wondering ‘how much should I weigh?’ then you’re not alone. A whole host of factors, including height, age, muscle mass, and sometimes factors outside of our control, such as our genetic makeup, can factor into what we weigh. Consequently, it can be difficult to get accurate insights into what our ‘perfect weight’ should be from the weighing scales alone.
While not everyone looks into their body weight for weight loss purposes, many people do so because they want to get into a calorie deficit to lose weight. If that’s you, here are a few steps to try if you want to pinpoint your own feel-good, feel-healthy weight.
Find your BMI
The NHS and the World Health Organisation (WHO) use a guide called the body mass index (BMI) to determine whether someone is sitting at a healthy weight or not. Although some medical professionals suggest that it can be inadequate and often inaccurate because BMI takes just the number of pounds you weigh into consideration, (and does not account for muscle mass -which weighs more than fat) there is still a reasonable argument for its use. Working out your BMI can serve as a single starting point to determine whether or not your weight is considered ‘healthy’ or not.
BMI is calculated by dividing your weight (or ‘mass’) in kilograms by your height in metres, squared – i.e. BMI = mass in kg ÷ (height in meters x height in meters).
You can find a BMI calculator on the NHS website to discover your current BMI. Current guidelines state that a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy. Those with a BMI of 18 or under are considered underweight, whilst those with a BMI over 25 are classed as overweight.
Determine Your Frame and Build
When two women of the same weight and same height stand next to each other, there’s a good chance you’d never guess that they matched up in measurements. This is because we are all built differently. The National library of medicine has a handy method to figure out whether you have a small, medium, or large frame, which you can use to help determine your happiest, healthiest weight.
Check Your Waist
Recent advice from an NHS watchdog suggested that your “waist should be half your height”, causing mass confusion. As a general rule this doesn’t work for every person but if you’re wondering ‘what’s my perfect weight?’ then looking at your waist size may be a good idea.
Waist-to-hip (WHR) ratio is also another measure of visceral fat. An increase in fat around the waist area may increase the risk of metabolic syndrome (people who have it are twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times as likely to develop type 2 diabetes). Using a waist-to-hip ratio calculator can help you figure out where your body likes to tuck away extra fat.
Your Lifestyle Matters
Eating plenty of fruits, veggies, and lean proteins, regular exercise and a healthy sleep schedule will all have an effect on your weight. Getting adequate, quality sleep is an important part of a healthy weight loss plan and it’s often overlooked. Research has shown that lack of sleep can cause weight gain and encourage overeating.
Try not to get too focused on the number on the scale- there are so many things that may be affecting your weight at any given time and our ‘ideal weight’ goals can fluctuate and change throughout our lives according to what our body needs. Focus on living and eating well while taking into account the aforementioned points as a guide. Most of all, remember health is a feeling, not just a number.
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