Ideal Body Weight Chart
Looking at an ideal body weight chart will give you an idea of where you need to be in terms of body weight.
The most common way of determining your body weight is by looking at a Body Mass Index (BMI) chart. This chart is a widely accepted guide of proper body weight.
However, we should note that the BMI chart does not measure or account for percentage of body fat. Thus, if you're a trained athlete you may discover that you fall into the overweight category according to the BMI ideal body weight chart.
Therefore, if you're an athlete or have been doing fitness and bodybuilding workouts for a while it's better for you to measure your body fat and use that as a measure to determine ideal body weight.
The BMI chart below shows several main categories: underweight,normal, overweight and obese. Each category has its own sub-categories (dashed lines): low, average and high range.
Once again, use this chart as a rough guide,which means that you should take it with a grain of salt. This chart is not the only determinant of proper body weight. Other factors to consider are how you feel at a certain weight; how you look; how your clothes fit you etc. The weight scale and body weight chart is not the "be all and end all"!
The BMI number itself is expressed as a unit range of kg/m2. The classifications of the ranges are in the table below.
----Body Mass Index Interpretation Table----
|Severely underweight||less than 16.5|
|Underweight ||from 16.5 to 18.4|
|Normal ||from 18.5 to 24.9|
|Overweight ||from 25 to 30|
|Obese Class I ||from 30.1 to 34.9|
|Obese Class II ||from 35 to 40|
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