Finding Your Perfect Weight Using Your Body Mass Index

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Information | Posted on 02-08-2012-05-2008

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As you look at the photos in fashion magazines, it’s easy to dream of how nice it would be to be the “perfect weight”. However determining the perfect weight for your individual body is no easy task! Factors such as your body composition, your genetics, and your own personal comfort all come into play when deciding your weight goal. As you begin your weight loss journey, it’s important to figure out what weight is best for your individual situation, and work towards this goal.

You can begin determining your perfect weight by calculating your BMI. Body Mass Index is a tool widely used to determine your body fat percentage. It is based on height and weight. There are many calculators online to determine your BMI quickly and easily. Your doctor can do this for you, as well. A normal BMI runs between 18 and 24. Obesity begins at 25. By determining your Body Mass Index, you can set a target for your goal weight. Play around with the calculator, and see how much weight you need to lose to get your BMI within a healthy range.

When setting a goal weight, you should also keep your genes in mind. If your grandmother and mother were both rounded individuals with ample padding on their hips and thighs, chances are your genes are working against you. There are generally two body shapes – apple (extra weight around the middle) and pear (extra weight around the hips). Apple shaped body types are at a greater risk for health problems, as excess belly fat is linked to high cholesterol and heart disease. You can work within your genetic makeup to a certain extent, but it pays to be aware of where your body type comes from.

The last factor that influences your choice of the “ideal weight” is personal preference. Your BMI may show you as being average weight if you weigh 105 pounds. But will you be comfortable? There is such a thing as too skinny, as well as too heavy. Take your personal comfort with your appearance into account as well when setting a weight loss goal. If you have lost weight and feel comfortable and healthy, you may want to begin maintaining – even if you’re not at the weight suggested by the charts, graphs, and media. It is important to be comfortable in your own skin. Keep looking in the mirror – chances are you will recognize when you reach the perfect weight.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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