Your weight depends on a variety of factors — all from what you eat to how much you move into your environment and genetics. Setting goals is important when you want to change your current weight — but you need to know your target weight first.
From a health perspective, it’s easy to figure out how much you should weigh. From there, you can determine how much to lose (or gain) in order to achieve a healthier weight.
Your ideal weight not only does it depend on your height, but it depends on many other things as well. Factors like age, bone density, and muscle-fat ratio should also be considered when determining how much you should weight.
Health professionals usually opt for and suggest using your Body Mass Index (BMI) to decide whether your body weight is close to ideal. Others, on the other hand, say that BMI can be quite inaccurate because it doesn’t account for muscle mass. They also add that waist-hip ratio is a method that’s way better.
But no matter how many arguments you add to these types of debates, it’s important to remember that one person’s ideal weight may be completely different from another’s.
For example, if you compare yourself to friends or family members, then you’re taking too high of a risk in case you are surrounded by overweight or obese people. In other cases, your risk may be too low if you usually hang out with fashion models. Comparing yourself with people outside your immediate surroundings may not work out as well.
In countries such as the UK and the USA, the levels of obesity and overweight people are much higher than other countries, for example, The Netherlands. Thus, an American may aim for a higher ideal weight than a Dutch person, if all they do is compare themselves to people that surround them.
However, it is good to know that your height can help a lot when it comes to determining the weight you’re supposed to opt for.
Here is a table that will show you how much you need to weight (approximately) according to your height:
Ideal Adult Height Weight Chart
(feet and inches)
|5’0″||108 lb.||115 lb.||114.4 lb.|
Metric height graph ideal for adults
|152 cm.||49 kg.||52 kg.||52 kg.|
What do you look like in different heights and weights? Being at the ideal weight for your height doesn’t guarantee you’ll look the same as someone else of the same weight and height. There are several factors affecting how different people look at the same weight and height:
Muscularity: People with more lean body mass — muscles rather than fat — will have a different appearance from someone who is less muscular than someone of the same weight.
Porportions: There are different proportions for each person. Some people are in the legs longer and in the torso shorter, and vice versa. If you’re a woman with a short waist, it’s unlikely you’ll have a hourglass figure with a nipped – in waist you might want, no matter what your weight might be.
Where you store fat: fat is stored in the entire body, but in different places different people tend to put extra fat on. Some people store their stomach and torso with extra fat, giving them an apple shape. Others store it on their hips, buttocks and upper thighs, creating a pear shape for them.
Age: As you age, the composition of your body changes. At the onset of puberty there are large differences as male and female hormones change the shape of the body. Then, as women enter menopause, the hormone balance changes and they may see a change in where fat is stored. Both men and women must work harder to maintain muscle mass when they enter older age.
However, if you are overweight for your height, try reducing the amount you eat, especially high – fat or sugar food and drinks, and try doing more physical activity, exercises, workouts, etc., as being overweight may increase your risk of heart disease, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoarthritis.If you need to lose weight, be sure to check with your doctor and have problems with losing it in the past.