WHAT IS MY IDEAL WEIGHT

What's My Ideal Weight?

This is a complex subject and before coming to any conclusion it is important to consider firstly how happy you are with your body and secondly the ratio of fat to muscle.A person's ideal body weight is determined by several factors, such as age, muscle-fat ratio, height, sex, and bone density. 

An ideal body weight calculator fails to take into account that the weight on the scales does not tell you whether you are carrying too much or too little body fat. So when you ask yourself the question, what's my ideal weight ? Ask yourself how you look and feel - a bit flabby, or strong and toned.

Some say your Body Mass Index (BMI) is the ideal way to calculate whether your body weight is ideal. Others say BMI is faulty as it does not take into account muscle mass, and waist-hip ratio is better. 

One person's ideal body weight may be completely different from another's.This is because muscle weighs more per square inch than fat - so a 12 stone muscular person would look slim, but a twelve stone unmuscular person of the same height would look plump!

If you compare yourself to family and friends you risk either aiming too high if you are surrounded by obese or overweight people, or too low if everyone around you works as fashion models.Even comparing yourself with people outside your immediate surroundings may not work..

If you have wobbly bits, your ideal weight is likely to be at the lower end of the range on the height and weight chart. 
                                                                                            Ideal Weight Chart for Women 
                                                              Based on body mass index, optimised for women

Weight
in stones
                                                                                                          Height in feet / inches
         KEY:  underweight   ideal weight   overweight
                                                                                                     Ideal Weight Chart for Men
                                                                      Based on body mass index, optimised for men

Weight
in stone
 
                                                                                                               Height in feet / inches
KEY: underweight     ideal weight      overweight
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