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My Ideal Weight
Healthy weight range: At one's routine check-up, he can ask about his "ideal" weight, which usually means his "healthy weight range". The best weight for a person varies, depending on amount of muscle, body build, any medical problems, etc... For a guy, a quick estimate is 106 pounds for the first 5 feet of height, plus 6 pounds for each additional inch. So, for a 68" person, an estimate can be 106+48 = 154 pounds. ...Read more
Sounds good: You're a young man, and the real test of your right weight is whether you're reasonably light on the body fat and are competitive at your favorite sport. Gold-medal track athletes are often "underweight" while solid-muscle, zero-bodyfat linebackers are often "obese". Whatever looks and feels right for you while you're physically fit. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Foods to help with: healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, Avocadoes, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, protein shakes, protein bars, lean meats, poultry, fish, Smoothies (with added silken tofu or powdered milk), Greek yogurt (full –fat), pasta/ bagels & use of juice rather than soda. Some people add whey proteins. ...Read more
"Ideal" weight,: which does not mean what you SHOULD weigh, which can vary significantly, would be approx. 136#. Your best could could be much different. ...Read more
You decide: "ideal weight" charts are based on fallacies. If we believed them, then most triathletes would be "underweight" and most professional football players -- fantastic athletes -- would be "overweight." your ideal weight is whatever looks and feels right to you and enables you to perform your chosen sport(s) best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Variable: If you use the Body Mass Index method, the listed ideal BMI is 21.6 which corresponds to a weight of 168 lb. If you use the growth charts of the CDC, the expected weight corresponding to that height is 185 lb. Physique/muscle mass and bone structure play a role in the process. ...Read more
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