Is your weight what it should be?
How do I find out if I am the correct weight for my height, age, and
First of all it is important when using standard measurements to
remember that they are guidelines, not exact measurements that
need to be followed to a T. So if a woman is two or three pounds
over or under the standard weight for her height she doesn't need
to rush out and lose the weight. Keep in mind that everyone's
weight fluctuates a small amount everyday and a woman's weight
also will fluctuate with her menstrual cycle. So weight is most
accurately measured if it is averaged over several days. The
assessment of ideal weight should always take into consideration
how much of a woman's body weight is fat and how much of it is
muscle. It is far more important that a woman maintain a healthy
percentage of body fat than a particular weight. Body fat can be
measured by several methods ranging from underwater weighing
to calipers. For most people this kind of accurate measurement is
not necessary. It is just important to keep in mind that lowering your
body fat through exercise is much more essential to your health
than simply weighing yourself.
The amount of exercise a woman does will not change her ideal
weight, it just changes the amount of calories she needs to
consume in order to maintain that weight. For instance a woman
who works out everyday needs to consume more calories to
maintain her ideal weight than a woman who does not exercise.
And a woman with less body fat dramatically decreases her risk of
heart disease and diabetes.
The most frequently used and most accurate measurement of ideal
weight range is the BMI (body mass index). The BMI measures a
person's weight in relationship to their height. Athletes and
bodybuilders will not get a very accurate reading from the BMI as
their percentage of body fat is usually much lower than standard.
BMI is calculated by taking a woman's weight in kilograms divided
by her height in meters squared, kg/m2. There are sites on the
WWW where you can have this calculation done for you
automatically. A healthy range for women is 19-25, 25-30 is slightly
overweight with an increased risk of heart disease, and 30 and
above is an indication of obesity. If a woman's BMI falls into this
last range she should see a doctor for some assistance in
managing her weight, as obesity brings serious health risks.