Weight Guidelines

Weight Guidelines

Weight Guidelines
People ask all the time when they begin weight loss, "How much weight is okay to lose?" Unfortunately, there's not one blanket answer for everyone. Factors like your body mass index (BMI) and metabolic rate all factor into determining what your healthy weight loss number should be.

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    If we struggle with our weight, we may experience anything along the spectrum of physical and emotional difficulties. We may suffer from diabetes, heart disease or chronic pain that is triggered by carrying around more than our frame can handle. We may have difficulty walking, cycling, swimming or engaging in other physical activity -- further exacerbating the core problem of weight management by causing us to live a relatively sedentary life. Additionally, we may feel crippling discomfort in our bodies, and -- given our society’s biases about size -- shame about how we look, leading to isolation, depression and even self-hatred. All of these struggles in turn may set off a chain reaction of difficulties, adversely impacting our lives socially, professionally, financially, medically and more.  
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    For women, the ideal weight is 105 pounds for 5 feet of height, and 5 pounds for every inch after. For men, it's 106 pounds at 5 feet and 6 pounds for every inch taller. Those are for medium-framed people. Some adjustments are made if you're larger-framed or smaller-framed.

    Another way to gauge what your ideal body shape should be? If you gained weight as an adult, you were probably closest to your ideal body shape between ages 18 and 20. That's true for most people, though not everyone.
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    Your body belongs to you and you have the ability to control what you feed it and how often you move it.   Paying attention to your weight will ensure that your body is able to handle life’s daily demands.  Maintaining a healthy weight puts less stress on your joints and internal organs and allows you to better enjoy the amazing things your body is capable of.  Treat your body well and it will reward you for years to come!

     

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    There are more ways to determine this than win at bingo. You can measure your waist, which should be no greater than one-half the number of inches you are tall, or calculate your BMI on doctoroz.com, and keep it less than 25.
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    To determine your body composition, use a scale that utilizes a safe, low-level amount of electricity, known as bioelectrical impedance, to determine the body fat percentage. Since fat does not conduct much bioelectricity, a higher degree of impedance of the electrical charge is associated with a higher body fat percentage. The most popular scales of this sort are manufactured by Tanita and cost anything from $55 to $200, depending upon desired features. Another, less-expensive option is the Accu-Measure skin caliper. This is a simple tool that lets you estimate your body fat percentage by measuring the fat under the skin of the abdomen. Ideally, women should strive to keep their body fat percentage below 25 percent and men below 20 percent.

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    Well not everyone should lose weight. What you have to look at is what your goals are and where you want to be. Some people may need to drop body fat, gain some muscle and not just weight. Remember you can lose 5 pounds of fat and gain 5 pounds of muscle and still weigh the same but be skinner. However you should consult your doctor to see if you are at a health risk with your weight. Common health risks can be diabetes, cornary heart disease and high blood pressure to name a few.
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    For all of us, the best time to weigh ourselves is in the morning. That's the time you'll find your true weight. Always use a calibrated, accurate scale, and do it first thing when you wake up. I like to recommend weighing in one day a week -- the same day each week. Not much happens day to day, so checking up once a week will show your true progress. Make sure your scale is on a firm and flat floor. If you do this, you'll see more changes and better accuracy than if you weigh yourself every day. When you weigh every day, you tend not to see the results you expect and you may become discouraged. Worst of all, if you weigh yourself multiple times a day, your weight goes up. Sounds obvious, but you'd be amazed how many people weigh themselves throughout the day and get upset that their weight changes as they consume more. Fluid and food increase the numbers artificially.
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    There is no one-size-fits-all way to determine weight. The healthiest weight for anyone is based on a combination of variables such as, gender, age, bone density/structure, body build, muscle mass, generics, and personal preference. The rule of thumb for a healthy adults is:

    Women is 100 pounds for the first 5 feet and 5 pounds for every additional inch, or minus 5 pounds for every inch under 5 feet.

    Men is 106 pounds for the first 5 feet and 6 pounds every additional inch, or minus 6 pounds for every inch under 5 feet.  

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    I've never been a fan of the scale. I always say "Judge your progress by the clothes you wear and the clothes you'll have to buy." If you must weigh in, do it first thing in the morning, at least twice a month.

    The 3-1-2-1 Diet: Eat and Cheat Your Way to Weight Loss--up to 10 Pounds in 21 Days
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    To maintain optimal health, your ideal waist size should be less than half your height. For the average 5'4" woman, waist size should measure 32 inches or less. The waist of an average 5'10" man should measure 35 inches or less. Use a tape measure and wrap it around your natural waist, which is not at your belt but above your hips.
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