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FITNESS: HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR IDEAL WEIGHT

Are you thinking you might need to lose a few pounds to achieve your slimming goals? Have you taken the time to work out your ideal weight? Let's take a look at everything you need to know about this topic.

FITNESS: HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR IDEAL WEIGHT

YOUR IDEAL WEIGHT!

Your ideal weight is a reference to keep you in shape (healthy and physically fit). This weight is achieved in adulthood and varies depending on the individual. In fact, there's no point comparing yourself with those around you because your ideal weight is something very individual!

This weight, which we also call your healthy weight or balanced weight, can change throughout your life because of pregnancy, periods of excess or dieting, intensive training, or stopping doing sports regularly. But you should be aware that you always tend to return to your ideal weight, even if it doesn't necessarily correspond with what you consider ideal!

DETERMINING FACTORS

Several factors have an impact on your healthy weight:
- your height
- your body shape
- your skeleton
- your family history

Your lifestyle also plays a vital role when it comes to your health as it influences your natural balance. As such, if you want to at least try to maintain a stable weight, here are some good habits to get into and new approaches to take in your daily life: avoid stressful situations, don't neglect your sleep, eat a balanced diet, don't skip meals and above all don't forget to do sport every day.

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR IDEAL WEIGHT

There are several methods for calculating your ideal weight. However, only one of these mathematical formulae is recognised and used by the top global health authorities. This is the body mass index (BMI) :

Body mass index = weight in kg / height squared in m

Once you've calculated your BMI, interpret it using the following guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO):

Lower than 16                    Anorexic or malnourished
Between 16.5 and 18.5     Underweight
Between 18.5 and 25        Normal body weight
Between 25 and 30           Overweight
Between 30 and 35           Moderately obese
Between 35 and 40           Severely obese
> 40                                    Morbidly obese

The results you achieve from calculating your BMI give you an idea of your ideal weight, but these results are not very precise. This method doesn't take into account elements such as your body shape, your bone structure or your age. Because of this, the results are approximate and shouldn't be taken as gospel.

UNHEALTHY SLIMMING

Forget about draconian diets and the yo-yo effect on your body weight, because these aren't adapted to your lifestyle. They'll only lead to frustration! If you need to lose a few pounds to reach your ideal weight, try to follow a balanced diet instead.

It is healthier for both your body and mind to maintain your weight through healthy eating and regular exercise. The rest is up to you!