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How can you calculate your ideal body weight?

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Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 24 years experience
BMI and body fat: There are two ways. The more traditional way is to calculate your body mass index (check at wellesleymd.Com). Ideal bmi is 22-23, since your height is stable, if you get your weight there, that'll be ideal. What i like more is body fat which is more consistent with being healthy. Get your body fat checked, for male ideal is between 14-18%, female 18-26%. So lose enough fat to get your fat in range.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How to calculate the ideal weight for yourself at 60?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Looks & feels right: The whole business of "ideal weights" is based on old insurance tables that have little to do with individual situations. With the jama's not-surprising 2013 study that "overweight" adults exceed "ideal weight" adults in longevity & health, use common sense. Muscular and trim, able to excel at vigorous physical activities that you enjoy. It's about you, not a number. Health and friendship.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is a good way to calculate ideal body weight?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No need to: You will recognize your ideal weight, because it's the body weight and habitus that looks and feels right to you while you are doing the fitness activities that you enjoy, keeping up with peers. There's almost no science to the beancounter "ideal weight" tables; most recently the "overweight" people live longer and have less of all the common diseases. You decide what's best. Stay healthy.
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A 31-year-old male asked:

What's the best way to determine the ideal body weight?

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Dr. Gregory Robertson
Surgery 37 years experience
Estimate with BMI: No simple tool is perfect, the the bmi does provide a rough estimate.Bmi equals your weight in pounds mulitplied by 703 then divided by the square of your height in inches. 18-25 is ideal, 25-30 is overweight, over 30 is obese and less than 18 is underweight. It is inaccurate in very muscular individuals, where the calculated value will be too high due to muscle mass.
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There are also any number of free apps fro smart phones and sites online that will calculate your BMI for you as long as you know your height and weight.
Jun 15, 2013
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Simply measuring your waist circumference is also good. Your waist circumference should be less than 50% of your height.
Jun 23, 2013
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the best method for determining ideal body weight?

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Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 17 years experience
BMI is ok: Bmi or body mass index is an ok way to calculate your ideal weight. Using pounds and inches: bmi = ( weight in pounds / ( height in inches x height in inches ) ) x 703 bmi prime is the bmi/25. This gives a percentage that you may be overweight (1.34= 34% overweight).

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