Is ideal body weight the way of knowing your healthy weight or is it just a number that tells you whether you and your friend are the same weight.
Well Ideal body weight is a range of weight that tells you whether for your gender and height you weigh proportionately or not. But what is most important to know is whether this weight is healthy or not.
While knowing your ideal body weight is good, it is important to remember that your weight is only one measure of your health. A person who is not at a “normal” weight according to BMI charts may be healthy if he or she has healthy eating habits and exercises regularly. While people who are skinny but don’t exercise or eat nutritious foods aren’t necessarily healthy just because they are thin.
Importance of having ideal body weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is extremely important for overall health. If your ideal body weight is not appropriate i.e. more than the ideal one then obesity contribute to various health problems that limit the quality and length of life. Your body will get easily affected by numerous detrimental diseases.
Some of the chronic diseases which are associated with obesity are as follows-
What can we do?
Maintaining a healthy weight is not always easy. The key to success is making changes in daily eating and physical activity habits that can be maintained over one’s lifetime.
Our weight is a result of the combination of the energy one takes in (through foods and beverages) and the energy their body uses (through engaging in physical activity). To lose weight, an individual needs to use more calories than they consume. To maintain a healthy weight, one needs to balance the calories they use with those they take in. Some ways to create a caloric deficit are:
An interesting study highlighted gender difference amongst people trying to reach their ideal body weight. According to a study women tend consider ideal weight for their height and age lesser than what is medically recommended forcing them to resort to yo-yo diets to achieve their target. While men tend you lean towards the higher range working on building more muscle through supplements or a high protein diet.
You can get your ideal body weight that is specific to your age, body type and lifestyle without having to starve yourself by following the balanced healthy diet and regular workout.
Considering the above reference man and woman, a standard list of ideal body weight in respect to height is formed for the Indian population.
|4’5||28-35 Kg||4’5||28-35 Kg|
|4’6||30-39 Kg||4’6||30-37 Kg|
|4’7||33-40 Kg||4’7||32-40 Kg|
|4’8||35-44 Kg||4’8||35-42 Kg|
|4’9||38-46 Kg||4’9||36-45 Kg|
|4’10||40-50 Kg||4’10||39-47 Kg|
|4’11||43-53 Kg||4’11||40-50 Kg|
|5’1||45-55 Kg||5’1||43-52 Kg|
|5’2||48-59 Kg||5’2||45-55 Kg|
|5’3||50-61 Kg||5’3||47-57 Kg|
|5’4||53-65 Kg||5’4||49-60 Kg|
|5’5||55-68 Kg||5’5||51-62 Kg|
|5’6||58-70 Kg||5’6||53-65 Kg|
|5’7||60-74 Kg||5’7||55-67 Kg|
|5’8||63-76 Kg||5’8||57-70 Kg|
|5’9||65-80 Kg||5’9||59-72 Kg|
|5’10||67-83 Kg||5’10||61-75 Kg|
|5’11||70-85 Kg||5’11||63-77 Kg|
|6’1||72-89 Kg||6’1||65-80 Kg|
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