In the previous post we talked about setting goals. But what if you don't know where that goal line should be? Working as a nutritionist I often get asked the question, how much should I weigh? It's not quite that easy. The answer to that question depends on a few things. First, what are your fitness goals? Are you an elite runner training for a competition? Working on your deadlift at Crossfit? Or just trying to fit into your skinny jeans? All of these are great goals, but your healthy weight range will differ accordingly. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a universal tool that allows individuals to asses if they are underweight, at a healthy weight, overweight or obese. It uses your height and weight to calculate a figure that falls within one of the four aforementioned categories. While the BMI chart isn't necessarily applicable for everyone (those with a high percentage of lean mass, for example), it is a great tool to use for the average individual. The National Institutes of Health provides a calculator you can find here, using the scale below to assess your weight status. You can also use the BMI chart below for an estimate.
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
- Overweight = 25–29.9
- Obese = BMI of 30 or greater
I'd also recommend taking your measurements (chest, waist, hip, thigh and arm) so you can monitor the inches you're losing/gaining along your journey. I would argue (as would many others in the fitness industry) that the scale is NOT as important as a. how you feel, or b. how your clothes fit. The proportion of muscle vs. fat on your body is more important than how many pounds or kilograms you weigh. Be fit. Be healthy. The scale can be a great tool to use to monitor success, but it may not be applicable to everyone.
This is the beginning. This is where you are starting. Take the challenge and make the changes.
Eat well. Live well. Be well.