How do I know what my “ideal weight” is? Am I simply trying to lose vanity pounds?Edit QuestionFlag as Scandalous QuestionSusiePisarcik asked this
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Jacqueline Aizen (Registered Dietician) answered (3/14/2013)
To calculate your ideal body weight there is a formula used by medical professionals for medication dosage,which can give you an approximate idea of how much you should weigh for your height.
Males: IBW = 50 kg + 2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet. (+/- 10%)
Females: IBW = 45.5 kg + 2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet. (+/- 10%)

Keep in mind though that if you engage in weight bearing activities and increase in muscle mass, the scale will increase. Muscle weighs more than fat but takes up less space. So, try not to get too caught up in the “ideal” weight but focus on staying healthy by consuming a diet of whole foods, being active, and managing stress.

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khorn21 commented (1/4/2016)
A pound is a pound no matter how you look at it. So how can a pound of fat weigh more then a pound of muscle?

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lleew commented (4/1/2016)
I think I calculated this wrong. Could you please give an example?

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juanita commented (4/3/2016)
I think is is a little silly as i am 5’5 and 50kg and I am happy with my body (would like to be a little bit more fit but that keeps me at the same weight because of the muscle gain and fat loss), yet it wants me at 57 which would probably not look that great on me as well as i cant get above 52. I think this is a little silly to be honest.

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