How Much "Should" You Weigh?

Dr Atkins suggests two ways to determine your ideal weight. First, think back over your life and remember what weight you felt good and healthy at. What sizes did you wear back then? Use these numbers as your goal. Atkins stresses that the ideal goal weight is an individual thing and is the weight where you feel healthy.

Body Mass Index ( BMI)

A second method that is suggested is to use the Body Mass Index or BMI. BMI is an estimate of body fat for both men and women and is based only on height and weight. A "normal" BMI is considered to be between 18.5 and 25.

At 245 I was 55 pounds into the overweight range, and 75 pounds away from having a BMI of 22 (the middle of the range). Now at 192, I am still in the overweight range but friends tell me I look fine and I feel so much better.

The following are the weight classifications for BMI. Individuals who are obese have a measurably higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.

Underweight  < 18.5
Normal Weight  = 18.5 - 24.9
Overweight = 25 - 29.9
Obese (Class 1) = 30 - 34.9
Obese (Class 2)  =35.0 - 39.9
Obese (Class 3, Extreme Obesity) 40+

Calculate Your BMI

Are you ready for your number? Use the BMI calculator below. See how much you would have to weigh to have a BMI of 22 the middle of the BMI range.

This diet CAN help you get there. I feel it's important to know how near or how far you are from your ideal weight. Are you obese? I didn't realize I was. Though a painful label, I found it very motivational to know how much weight I needed to lose before I was no longer obese.

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Last Modified: Tue, 01 May 2007 07:25:04 GMT