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It’s 2021 and unless you’ve been living under a rock you must have gotten the memo that all bodies are beautiful and perfect in their own way. Instagram and runway bodies are nothing but a lie that makes us feel bad about ourselves. There is nothing called a bikini body because every woman is allowed to wear whatever she wants, whenever she wants regardless of her body shape or weight.
That being said, some of us – especially athletes and those prone to diseases such as heart conditions, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure – still wonder what their ideal body weight is. However, there is no ideal weight formula that fits all individuals. That is because there are many factors that help determine a woman’s ideal weight such as age, height, sex, muscle-fat ratio, body fat distribution, genetics, and even body shape.
There are many theories that indicate how to calculate your ideal weight, but the question is should you weigh according to your height?
The ideal weight chart used to be determined based on height by doctors without putting much research into it. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, your body weight should be calculated using the following simple formula for females:
Start with 100 pounds for the first five feet of your height. Add five additional pounds for every inch over five feet to reach your ideal weight.
So that means you should start by calculating 45 kg for the first 1.5 meters of your height and then adding an additional 2.25 kg for every inch. That means that a female of 165 cm should ideally weigh 56.5 kg. However, the average range for that height should be between 52-61.5 kg.
There are several methods to measure your ideal weight:
BMI (Body Mass Index)
BMI is a common formula used to determining body weight in relation to a person’s height. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9 is ideal. You can check here to calculate your BMI or calculate it manually using the following formula: BMI = kg/m2 where kg is a person’s weight in kilograms and m2 is their height in meters squared.
One other way to measure your ideal weight is by taking your body shape and frame into consideration. This shows you how much of your fat is stored in your lower body and helps you calculate whether or not you should lose weight in that area. A healthy WHR in females is 0.85 or less.
If you’d like to measure your waist-to-hip ratio, you can use the following steps:
- Stand tall and take a deep breath and then breathe out. Use a measuring tape to measure the circumference around your waist above your belly button. The result will be your waist circumference.
- The next step is to measure around the widest part of your hips and buttocks. The results will be your hip circumference.
- When you divide your waist circumference by your hip circumference you will get your WHR.
Body fat percentage
One of the best indicators of healthy weight is by calculating the amount of body fat percentage you have stored in your body. Athletes tend to weigh more on a scale than people who do not work out as they have a higher muscle mass which results in more weight. To get an accurate body fat percentage, you can get a measurement by using a body fat pincher or using a special scale that calculates your detailed body fat percentage as well as muscle mass. This can be especially useful for those looking to lose weight in fats or gain muscle.
The following chart will indicate what a body fat percentage means according to age and gender:
Further reading: Is It Safe to Lose Weight During Pregnancy?