Your ideal weight. What is it?
There is uncertainty about a person’s proper weight. But really, how to find ideal body weight? And is there a single system for everyone to determine ideal weight, a single formula?
First, I will go over the most popular ways to determine the ideal weight, and closer to the end, I will offer you my view on this issue.
Ideal Weight Formulas
❗ Please note, the following formulas use kilograms and centimeters as units of measure (that is why I will use already converted metrics)
Height Minus One Hundred
It is a widely known and practical formula to determining your ideal weight. It is very simplistic and easy to apply, and it fits many people very well, including the author of this post.
However, there is one drawback in the formula – it ignores a person’s body type. There are many body types, but the main ones are asthenic (thin-boned), normosthenic (normal-boned), and hypersthenic (wide-boned). They directly affect weight and appearance of a person.
You see, there is a clear connection between body type and massiveness of a person’s skeleton. The more massive the bones (their girth and width), the more powerful, broader, and heavier a person is.
There are a lot of different types of people:
? Some are very tall and very thin
? Somebody is very nice-looking and pretty tall
? Some are very powerful and broad, with very wide ankles, a wide face, and large limbs
Quite often, these complex characteristics you can see in one body.
If you apply the formula height minus one hundred to a person with a thin-skinned body type, it turns out that he is severely underweight. For example, a 185 cm tall, thin-skinned young man may weigh 75, 70, or even fewer kilograms.
If you implement a height minus 100 formula, it turns out this man is underweight. Although, the person can be very athletic, fast, strong, and healthy.
And a hypersthenic body type girl and a height of 170 cm can weigh 75-77 kg and be perfectly healthy, athletic, and even look great!
Described examples are not uncommon. Therefore, there is an improved ideal weight formula:
Height Minus One Hundred Plus/Minus Ten
That is already a much more realistic formula for determining the ideal weight of a person. It takes into account the average body type.
For the asthenic – a person with thin bones – the ideal weight is determined by the ratio: height minus 110.
For the normosthenic – a person with average bone width – the ideal weight is defined by the formula: height minus 100.
For the hypersthenic – a person with wide bones – the ideal weight is defined by the formula: height minus 90.
Of course, this formula is not perfect either!
There are always plenty of nuances: weight changes throughout the year, season, because of the menstrual cycle, climatic zone, air temperature, etc. And a person’s age makes adjustments here as well.
So it turns out that the formula for the ideal weight is a complex system of equations, which is sometimes very difficult to solve. So what should you do?
The Natural Ideal Weight Formula
Well, it’s not a formula at all.
It is just a thesis, a common-sense idea. Many specialists and physicians, including the author of this post, at various times, have come to it.
It sounds like this:
The natural ideal person’s weight is a weight that allows him to show a high level of health and performance
That is, your ideal weight, according to this formula, is the one that allows you to:
✅ feel good throughout the year
✅ be agile and active
✅ be able to have enough physical parameters, such as endurance, strength, speed, flexibility, for your age and gender
✅ feel psychological comfort about your figure and self-esteem
✅ have good posture and other spinal parameters
Your ideal weight is the bodyweight that your body can fully serve, healthily, actively use.
It has nothing to do with the scale!
Live at a weight you feel good at, even if this weight doesn’t suit some skinny photo model or a fatty bastard on steroids.
Don’t care about anyone else’s opinion about the number on the scale, as long as you have excellent health, cheerfulness, good sleep and appetite, and high productivity.
Being 175 cm tall, I stay in 74-76 kg range for over ten years. And I am happy with my strength, agility, stamina, and health level.
Repeated attempts to go beyond that (mostly upward) increased muscle and external effect. But I lost a lot in flexibility, speed, health, general work capacity (including mental).
Plus, there were always some injuries, sprains, sores, etc. That is, the price of external effectivity often seemed to me unjustifiably excessive. As soon as I came back to my normal weight range, many problems were solved by themselves.
To conclude, the ideal weight is a narrow range in which you live very well. Of course, you can use ideal weight formulas above and do some calculations. But if you don’t feel happy being fit or feeling comfortable being overweight, it doesn’t matter what scale shows you.
So, stay healthy! Live at your natural weight that allows you to show your best.