Ideal weight chart
Knowing what your ideal weight should be is very important. Ideal weight charts are based on medical profession's recommended healthy weight at a given height. Such height weight charts are great guides to use in obtaining your flat stomach. What's good about weight for height charts is that they range from the under weight end of the spectrum to the over weight range, allowing you to see where you currently sit and where you need to be; these charts are not for the over weight only.
Below is an ideal weight chart for men and an ideal weight chart for women.
Calculating body mass index (BMI)
Calculating your body mass index, BMI, is another way to check to see if you're at a healthy weight. Use the table below by entering your height and weight. This is a BMI calculator and will give you a result which is explained further.
Now that you have your BMI number use this references below to understand to see if you are underweight, normal or overweight.
- less than 18.5 you are underweight for your height.
- 18.5 to 24.9 you are an ideal weight for your height
- 25 to 29.9 you are over the ideal weight for your height
- 30 to 39.9 you are obese
- over 39.9 you are very obese
If you find you are underweight or overweight you need to make changes in your lifestyle.
BMI indicators should only be used as a guide. BMI does not give you the percentage of body fat, but only the mass unit per surface area.
Athletes and people with high muscle mass and low body fat can show up on the BMI scale as overweight. Also pregnant women will have a high BMI. What a BMI calculator doesn't do is indicate your health or fitness level.
Waist to hip ratio (WHR)
The waist to hip ratio is a measurement comparison between your waist and your hips. Using a measuring tape you measure the circumference of your waist and the circumference of your hips. For your waist measure the narrowest point and hips you measure the widest point - it is advisable to use a mirror when doing the measurements.
This particular method can determine your overall health risk. Use the calculator below by entering in your waist and hip measurements. Remember these readings are not intended to serve as medical advice but as a guide.