Have you ever asked yourself ‘How much should I weigh’?

Or, “Do I weigh too much‘?

How much should I weigh for my height and age?

You no longer need to be confused about this. Find out how much you should weigh and measure your BMI with our handy calculator below.

How much should I weigh?

Of course you could just look at yourself in the mirror and make your own judgement, but for health reasons it may be important to know what’s a normal weight and what weight is too high for your age.

Then, if you find out that you are too heavy for your height and age, you can do something about it.

The Body Mass Index Chart

The Body Mass Index or BMI is generally used to measure human body fat based on an individual’s weight and height. Body mass index is defined as the individual’s body weight divided by the square of his or her height.

The weight height Chart

The below graph shows what the normal weight would be (both in pounds and kilograms) for your height (both in centimeters and inches).

Just follow your height number to your current weight and see which box you end up in.

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For your weight in pounds look at the top and for your weight in kilograms check the bottom of your chart.

I’m currently 60 kg and my height is 1.73 cm. I end up in the yellow area which means that my weight is in a normal range.

Measure your BMI

Although the chart above is useful to measure the correct weight for your height, it does not include your age which is important too.

For that we can use the Body Mass Index weight calculator. This will show you if you have the correct weight for your age.

Just enter your age, sex and height and you will automatically discover in which weight range you are.

Body mass index calculator

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Check below the healthy weight ranges (BMI score) for women.

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Women who want to achieve a healthy weight need to have a BMI of 18.5 – 24.9.

Is this information from the BMI calculator reliable?

In most cases, your BMI score will give you an easy and quick indicator of your “fatness” or “thinness”.

However, the results from the BMI test are not always accurate and should not be relied upon as an authority for medical diagnosis.

Some people tend to have a lot of muscles (which tend to weigh heavier) and for those people a completely wrong BMI range could result.

Your BMI score will, however, give you a good indicator and if you have any doubts or concerns, see your physician.

Check below the healthy weight ranges (BMI score) for men.

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How important is a healthy weight?

A healthy body weight is not just about looking good, it is actually very important for your overall wellbeing.

Here are just a few reasons why making sure that you are not too heavy is important.

  • Being overweight puts you at risk of many chronic and potentially lethal diseases, like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke and gall bladder disease to name but a few.
  • It often causes you to move less which can lead to other issues (like sitting too much)
  • It often lowers you self esteem which can influence your mental health

Here are a few reasons why making sure you are not underweight is important

  • Being underweight is just as unhealthy and can lead to a number of health complications, some of them life-threatening.
  • It will lead to a lack energy which will influence all areas of your life negatively
  • It often lowers you self esteem which can influence your mental health

Have a look at some of the comments below, where myself and others give suggestions on how to help with this.

What to do if you are overweight under underweight?

If you are overweight or underweight, don’t panic. There is a lot you can do to rectify the situation.

You are are ultimately the one in control and with the right diet, exercize and coaching you too can achieve your ideal weight.

Here are a few pointers to get you started on achieving your ideal weight

Track your fitness and calories

One of the best tools to do this is a fitbit tracker. It will keep track of your steps and your heart rate and can also track your calories. You can create a plan for yourself to limit daily calories and do the required daily activity.

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If you want a fancier version that connects seamlessly with your Apple phone and health app, you can also consider the Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch

Educate yourself about nutrition and fitness

Here are a few books that I recommend:

Learn how to dress well for your body type

I believe it’s easier to maintain a healthy weight when you feel better about yourself.  And you can instantly feel better about yourself when you feel good in good clothes.

You may like to check:

Check my articles on maintaining a healthy weight

If you want to know more tips on losing or maintaining a healthy weight check these articles:

 

So do the test and find out how much you should weigh. And if you’re overweight or underweight, I hope that you will take the time to do something about it to optimise your health.

It is well worth it!

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert and this weight calculator is for adults and for information purposes only. Weight calculator may not represent your real life weight situation and you should consult a medical professional for expert advise and before you start a diet or exercising regimen.

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