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How Much Should You Weigh?

Posted in Uncategorized by mixfitness on February 23, 2010
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Many of us have a preconceived idea of how much we should weigh.  What prompts us to arrive at that number?  Do you want to lose “x” amount of weight so you can weigh what you weighed in college?  Or, have you arbitrarily assigned yourself a number?  Because there isn’t an ideal number, we’re left to decide for ourselves.  Using body mass index (BMI) gives you a general guideline for how much you should weigh.

BMI is not without it’s faults, but it is a simple method to determine body mass based on weight and height.  Physicians use the number as a risk factor for developing obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  BMI is classified the following ways:

Underweight:  <18.5
Normal weight:  18.5 – 24.9
Overweight:  25 – 29.9
Obesity:  >30

Click here to discover your BMI using the American Council on Exercise (ACE) web-based BMI calculator.

If you fall outside of the “normal weight” category, don’t fret.  Losing as little as five pounds could improve your score.  Dr. Cedric Bryant, ACE’s Chief Science Officer, states, “The key point to keep in mind is that to determine their ideal body weights, individuals should not rely solely on a bathroom scale, height-weight tables, BMI or even percent body-fat measurements. Sound nutrition and exercise science principles, along with common sense, mandate that individuals should avoid setting “hard and fast” body-weight goals. Rather, they should strive for achieving a level of body weight that is compatible with a healthy lifestyle (e.g., sensible eating, regular exercise).”


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