How to Determine Ideal Weight From BMI

Two Methods:BMI CalculatorsDetermining Your Ideal Weight from BMI

Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. Many people feel that they might be fat, overweight or slightly chunky when they are actually obese. Obesity is a particular problem that is hard to acknowledge. The standard "tests" such as the BMI, do not take into consideration muscle mass; as such, a well defined and muscular man could be considered obese based upon those test results only. Though not a perfect test, you can determine ideal weight from your BMI.

Determining Your Ideal Weight from BMI

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    Measure your height. You need to know how tall you are to begin with. This is a huge determining factor in whether or not your weight is correctly proportioned to your body. Even just a few inches taller in height than another person who actually weighs less, the shorter person could be considered obese, while the heavier, taller person might not be.
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    Determine how much you weigh. If you do not own a scale, purchase one. They are not very expensive. Remember to place the scale on a solid floor; wood, tile or Linoleum are fine. Putting the scale on a carpeted floor, especially with padding, will skew the results of the scale. If you do not have a non-carpeted floor, either weigh yourself outside, or take an average of 3-5 times on the carpet. This will at least put you pretty close.
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    Calculate your BMI. You can either visit a website and plug in your height and weight numbers and let the calculator do it for you, or you can do it yourself.
    • First take your height (figure it out in total inches, so 5 feet, 10 inches is 70 inches (177.8 cm). Multiply this by itself (70x70 = 4900).
    • Next, take your weight, 205 lbs (93 kg) and divide it by your answer above. For this example, your equation would be 205 divided by 4900 which equals 0.04.
    • The final step multiplies your last answer by 703. That would mean for this example (0.04 x 703 = 28.12). So, your BMI is 28.12. You will then take this number and find it on a BMI chart.
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    Read your BMI on the chart to see what it suggests. In the example above, a 28.12 BMI is considered overweight. You can easily see the issue here. 205 lbs (93 kg) on a 70 in (177.8 cm) frame is not overweight if you have only 5 percent body fat. So, although the chart is misleading, if you are honest with yourself and perhaps look at your naked body in a mirror, you will certainly know if you are overweight or if it is just muscle mass.
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    Acknowledge your true body composition and if your BMI is in the overweight range or higher, you need to lose some weight. You can plug in some variable numbers in the above equation for weight until you get an acceptable BMI value. At that point, you just subtract your real weight from the value you plugged in and the difference is how much weight you need to lose.
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    Use a slightly modified BMI scale to better represent your overall health and wellness. Several websites now include common sense and popular choice recommendations from the general public. So for our example, the medical suggestion of ideal weight based upon BMI would be 132 - 174 lbs (60 - 79 kg), however, most people would consider 183 lbs (83 kg) ideal.

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