It’s the question everyone asks, “how much should I weigh?” The simple answer is, your ideal weight depends on a bunch of different factors such as your height, age, gender, frame size, bone density, muscle-to-fat ratio, and body fat distribution.
There are several methods of determining how much you should weigh; with each method using different factors to calculate your ideal weight, such as height, waist and hip size, or frame size
This calculator uses your frame size, gender, and height to calculate how much you should weigh. Other ways of determining your ideal weight are body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio and body fat percentage.
How much should I weigh?
It is important that you maintain your perspective with regards to body weight. Simply use body weight as a tool to indicate health and aim to keep it within a healthy range. Check your BMI, which is favored by many health professionals.
It’s worth getting your body fat percentage measured to ensure that you are indeed in good health. The scales do not distinguish between fat and muscle. It’s not so much about how much should you weigh, as it is about ideal body fat percentage.
Weight is a very crude method of determining health or even beauty. Body fat percentage is a much better indicator. Therefore, ideally anyone tracking their “weight” should ideally do so through regular body fat percentage measurements, which can be inexpensively done at fitness clubs, gyms or your local college/ university, or use this body fat calculator to get an estimate now.
Remember that each of us is built differently. While your friend may be the same height as you, they may have a different size frame, different bone density, muscle to fat ratio, and body fat distribution (learn more about body types and body shape). So don’t try to compare yourself with others. You want to achieve the healthiest, happiest weight for you – not them!
Use the calorie calculator to determine your personal calorie requirements.
Weight chart for women