Determine What Your Weight Should Be – BMI Will Help
Posted Jan 20 2010 9:36pm
The number you see on the scale is a good start to determine what your weight should be. That number does tell us a lot but it does not tell us everything we need to know. In fact, it is only half the battle.
Knowing what your BMI should be is the best way to determine what your target weight should be. Your BMI is factored using your height and weight in a basic math equation.
Your BMI is figured by first taking your current weight and multiplying that by 703. Take that result and divide it by your height converted to inches. Take that result and again divide it by your height converted to inches. The resulting number is your BMI.
Once you know your final BMI number, you can take that to a BMI chart and determine where you are. You are shooting for the healthy range. A healthy BMI range is somewhere between 18.5 and 24.9. The overweight range is a BMI between 25 and 29.9. The obese range is anything 30 and above. On the other end, a BMI under 18.5 is considered to be underweight.
Once your BMI is determined, this will give you a general idea of how at risk you are for health problems. Having extra weight raises the chances of you having heart complications, diabetes, high blood pressure or even premature death.
Your BMI is calculated by factors accurate to your own personal body but you should also take into account the frame of your body. If you are larger framed, your body can hold a few extra pounds and not be at extra risk. Similarly, if you are smaller framed, your body can be alright minus a few pounds.
Having knowledge of your BMI is an excellent tool to determine where your weight needs to be. Know that number is not an exact calculation but a very good estimate. It definitely will be a great way to get you pointed in the right direction.