Get Started On Finding Your Ideal Weight
Before going on any kind of weight loss programme or diet, it is important to first check your current weight versus the ideal weight for your body.
Going on a diet to lose weight that you can’t afford to lose is counter-intuitive and generally unhealthy, not only physically but mentally as well.
While finding your current weight is just a matter of stepping on a scale and reading the numbers, figuring out your ideal weight is a bit more tricky: it depends on a number of factors like your biological gender, build, height, age and lifestyle.
Here are ways to find out the goal weight you should be striving for:
The Body Mass Index serves as a guide to find out if you are still in the normal weight range, overweight, or suffering from obesity. It’s derived from your body mass divided by the square of your height, but if you’re not up for some math, here is a handy chart to refer to.
BMI can be contentious because it calculates a value based on height and weight without taking into account body fat in individuals.
Based on this value, people are put into categories that determine their risk of obesity and diseases attributed to being overweight.
In Singapore, the categories are cut off based on health risk, with the healthy range being 18.5 to 23 kg/m2, 23 to 27 kg/m2 to be at moderate risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke, while those over 27 kg/m2 are considered at high risk.
BMI values can be skewed when you’ve built a lot of muscle for your height. Having a high muscle-to-fat ratio can cause you to weigh more, which contributes to a high BMI and miscatergorisation as obese although you’re still healthy.
Body Fat Percentage
Not all fats are bad, and no matter how much you weigh, you still need adipose tissue in your body to store lipids to burn for energy.
What matters is having a healthy body fat percentage so you’re not at risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic dieases.
Computing for body fat percentage is a little more complicated, requiring complex formulas, and if you want to get really accurate, advanced weighing techniques.
However, you can compute your body fat with a few simple measurements through online calculators for weight.
The ideal body fat percentage for the average male is 18% to 24%, while women tend to have a higher percentage at 25% to 31%. Athletes and very fit people have much lower body fat percentages, with men dropping to as little as 6 to 13% and the women as low as 14 to 20% body fat.
For some people, knowing their ideal weight is helps them settle on a number to work towards when they can finally fit into their old jeans again or see their jawline.
Regardless of the number on the scale, remember your ideal body weight really depends on feeling healthy and happy with your body. Getting there can be an uphill battle, so it’s best to find support that can get you to your fitness goals.
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