When people start looking to lose weight they typically want to start with an ideal weight calculator to determine how much they should weigh. Height weight tables and healthy weight charts are published by the Public Health Service every so often to tell people what their goals should be. The interesting thing about the height weight charts are that they keep getting heavier every time they are re-created.
The reason is really quite simple when you think about it. An ideal weight calculator based on the height weight tables takes into account the average height and weight of the general population and then determines what healthy is. The problem with this approach to a healthy weight chart is that people are getting fatter every year and the obesity rates keep climbing. Pretty soon a flat stomach will be considered unattractive and odd.
Instead of using an ideal weight calculator you should take a hard look at your body fat levels and use the height weight tables, healthy weight chart, height weight chart, body mass index (BMI), and your own measurements to try to improve your condition. It really doesn't matter what an ideal weight calculator says as long as you are healthy and in a good body fat range.
|20-40 yrs||Under 21%||21-33%||33-39%||Over 39%|
|41-60 yrs||Under 23%||23-35%||35-40%||Over 40%|
|61-79 yrs||Under 24%||24-36%||36-42%||Over 42%|
|20-40 yrs||Under 8%||8-19%||19-25%||Over 25%|
|41-60 yrs||Under 11%||11-22%||22-27%||Over 27%|
|61-79 yrs||Under 13%||13-25%||25-30%||Over 30%|
Look at it like this. I'm 6'3” and weigh 245 pounds. According to the ideal weight calculator on healthstatus.com my ideal healthy weight is 179 pounds and my recommended weight range is between 159 and 199 pounds. So I'm 46-86 pounds overweight? Really? Okay makes since, because based on BMI, I'm obese at just over 30. Moving on, according to the healthy weight tables excerpted from the Guiding Medical Standards for the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service for my age I'm allowed to weigh 228 pounds. So in this case I'm only 17 pounds overweight. Perhaps, I have been eating a lot of calories lately in my attempts to increase my lifts.
But still, let's take another look using the body fat method above and see if I'm fat, obese, or healthy. I'm 75” (6'3”) tall, have a 17” neck and a 37” waist. That makes me about 17% body fat which is considered the healthy range for body fat percentage. Granted I'm toward the high end but like I said I have changed my focus from having lean muscle to having powerful muscles so I carry a little more fat in order to keep lifting heavy.
So as you can see using an ideal weight calculator actually gave me the worse gauge of my current fitness level. Using BMI confirmed the slander that I'm obese. Using the height weight tables from the Public Health Service gave me a decent picture of my health saying that I'm about 20 pounds overweight which is about right. If I lost 20 pounds then my abs would be showing again, but the fact remains that a healthy weight chart based on body fat parentage shows a more accurate picture of my health because it factors in my muscle mass and body proportions.
Matter of fact I'll make it even easier. Take off your shirt and look in the mirror. If you have fat rolls and can't see any muscle definition you are obese. If you can suck in and see the outline of your abs and some muscle definition then you are healthy. If you see bones you are too thin. This requires no math, ideal weight calculator, height weight tables, healthy weight chart, or height weight chart just an honest evaluation of your current health.
Can't get no easier than that!