How to Calculate Your Ideal Body Weight

Do you know how much you’re supposed to weigh?

Most people have a rough idea of how much they want to weigh, but is that really the right number for your weight, height, age, and sex? Knowing how to calculate your ideal body weight can give you an idea of just how much weight you need to lose or gain.

Factors to Consider

Before you can calculate your ideal body weight, take a moment to write a few things down on a piece of paper:

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Do you know how much you’re supposed to weigh? Most people have a rough idea of how much they want to weigh, but is that really the right number for your weight, height, age, and sex? Knowing how... read more
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Last year, I wrote about body mass index (BMI) and some better ways to calculate body fat percentage. Today I’m going to talk about how tracking your body measurements can be a really motivating... read more
Midsection of a woman measure her waist size.
11/09/2018
Do you know how much you’re supposed to weigh? Most people have a rough idea of how much they want to weigh, but is that really the right number for your weight, height, age, and sex? Knowing how... read more
Bright yellow bananas and cornflakes with yellow tape measure on white table.
12/06/2016
Carb Conundrum Free fatty acids (meaning fat circulating in the bloodstream not packaged into triglycerides) result in inflammation, toxic fat breakdown products, and oxidative stress, which can... read more
blue tape measure atop glass bathroom scale
01/25/2015
Last year, I wrote about body mass index (BMI) and some better ways to calculate body fat percentage. Today I’m going to talk about how tracking your body measurements can be a really motivating... read more