How Much Should I Weigh For My Height?
How much should I weigh for my height?
question lends itself to a very misleading type of statistic. People
often assume that if we are of a particular height we should then
be of a particular weight. But the truth is there is no ideal or
specific weight you should be relative to your height. The real
factor you want to focus on is your overall body fat percentage.
For example, someone who is your current height and weight could
have 35% body fat with a small amount of lean muscle. On the other
hand, you could take another person with the exact same height and
weight but they have 15% body fat and a higher level of lean muscle.
Don't be worried too much about what the scale reads. Focus on fueling
your body with nutrient dense foods, building lean muscle with weight
training and burning fat and calories with cardio workouts. This
way you will have a lean and toned physique no matter what your
weight is. While we are on the subject of body fat, let's take a
closer look at some common percentages:
The minimum percent of body fat considered safe and acceptable
for good health is 5% for males and 12% for females. Women tend
to carry this higher percentage of body fat due to reproductive
and menstrual processes. It is important to note that fat has incredibly
important functions in the body:
- Fat is our body's reservoir for energy storage.
- Fat is involved in the production of many hormones.
- Many vitamins and other substances in the body are transported
and broken down for use by the processes of fats.
- The covering of nerve cells and walls of cell membranes
all depend on fats in the body.
The average adult body fat is closer to 15%-18% for men
and 22%-25% for women. We all have a sort of genetic blueprint
for the amount of body fat we tend to carry. This is why body fat
percentage should not be used as our only marker for good health.
It is quite possible for someone with a higher percentage of body
fat to be in much better health than someone with a lower percentage.
It is also quite normal for two people on the exact same workout
and diet plan to lose or gain weight at very different rates. You
can review this article which explains how to calculate your body
So whether you are 6 feet tall and weigh 150 pounds or 5 feet tall
and weigh 150 pounds, the real question is are you at a healthy
weight given your particular genetic blueprint. If through body
fat testing you find that you are indeed carrying an excessive amount
of body fat then you will need to take action through dietary changes
and increased exercise. The easiest way to make healthy dietary
changes is to cut out processed foods. These foods are generally
high in calories and provide very little nutrients. A very simple
and useful mantra to use when it comes to nutrition is, "If
it didn't grow on this planet naturally, you probably shouldn't
be eating it".
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