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How Much Am I Supposed To Weigh? - Tips And Resources For Getting And Staying Fit!

Updated on September 19, 2014

How Much Am I Supposed To Weigh?

If you are like many of people, you aren't sure how much you are supposed to weigh. Even though there is so much information available, it can be confusing to determine what your ideal weight should be. If you are wondering what your correct weight for height is, the information below will certainly help you figure out if you are in shape or not.

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Body Mass Index (BMI) - What Does It Mean?

Have you heard the term body mass index (BMI) but never knew what it meant?

BMI is a measurement of body fat based on height and weight. There are many free BMI calculators on the web. You will input your height, weight and gender and based on the input you give, the BMI calculator will return a number. Here's what the numbers mean:

BMI Categories:

* Underweight = <18.5

* Normal weight = 18.5-24.9

* Overweight = 25-29.9

* Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

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Correct Weight For Height
Correct Weight For Height

Why Waist Size Matters

The more abdominal fat a person carries around the mid-section, the higher the chance of serious disease such as high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Those with apple body types are more at risk than those with pear-shaped bodies.

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Correct Weight For Height
Correct Weight For Height

How To Measure Your Waist

Your correct weight for height is in part, determined by your waist size. To find out whether you are fit, your waist size (in inches) should be half of your height (in inches).

For example,if you are six feet tall, that is 72 inches. Therefore your waist size should be no more than 36 inches (half of 72).

The best way to measure your waist is to place the tape measure at the top of your belly button and suck in. Yes, I said suck in! It gets the muscle out of the way. - A Favorite!

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    • geosum profile image

      geosum 4 years ago

      Good lens. I have a BMI of 27. Since I've come down from a BMI of 47, I'm calling this my goal for now. I need to give my body a chance to stabilize. In the meanwhile, I'm exercising 6 days a week and working on getting rid of my belly fat.

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      EddieC123 5 years ago

      Nice page, very similar to one of mine!

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      Keepingscore 5 years ago

      I don't like BMI, it is far to narrow. There are immense differences between cultures, diets, and the resulting genetics we have today. A better measurement is waist to hip ratio. WHR has support going back thousands of years, across cultures, and completely ignores weight. A good WHR is more pear shaped than apple shaped.

      I think the goal should be health not weight. BMI seems to focused on weight and gives people the wrong message. Even those with an ideal WHR can still be needing exercise, cardiovascular.

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      GregKuhn 5 years ago

      Hey World, yes, this lens is helpful and motivating. And you'd included lots of "eye candy" photos too, which doesn't hurt! ;-) I also have a lens about weight loss, teaching how to lose weight with new paradigms from quantum physics. I'd be very pleased if you gave it a read and, if you're so inclined, let me know what you think. Either way, thank you for this motivation!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      its okay....

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      chiquitasmom9665 6 years ago

      yes it was helpful it makes me want to go on a diet

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      Barbara Walton 6 years ago from France

      I like the' sucking in' bit! Useful lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i always want to lose my weight.. and this lens will be very helpful to me!

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      yes, your lens is helpful. dieting is sometimes bad for your heart.

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens with great tips and information. I wonder if having someone make you accountable to your weight loss plan would be very helpful also. Like someone to confide in and one that only brings encouragement. Blessings!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very informative lens. thanks for the useful tips. nicely done.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      This lens was very helpful. Great information!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Well, yes this lens is helpful if "we" want to figure out what we are supposed to weigh. At the moment, I am loving life and not zeroing in on this particular number. Hugs!