Watch Your Ideal Body Mass

An ideal body mass or ideal body weight of a person is considered as a healthy weight range for a person ideal for his or her height. A healthy weight range has been devised based on a body mass index (BMI) according to normal acceptable range.

The healthy weight range can serve as a good guide for any person from 20 to 65 classified as underweight, overweight or with normal physique. BMI will be a guide to follow and serve as basis of achieving or maintaining an ideal body weight with respect to one’s height. However, BMI which is the most common measure of body fatness is not ideal for use by pregnant women, lactating women and children.

Calculating BMI for health

The calculation of the Body Mass Index is also another way of gauging if you have an ideal body mass or healthy weight.

BMI can be calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms and your height in meters squared.

Formula: weight (kg) / [height (m)]2

Or using weight in pounds and height in inches:

Formula: weight (lb) / [height (in)]2 x 703

BMI indicates ideal weight in relation to height.

The normal acceptable range of BMI for men is 20.1 to 25 and 18.7 to 23.8 for women.

An alternative equation for calculating BMI is multiplying 1.3 to the quotient of your weight in kilograms by your height in meters raised to 2.5.

People with a BMI of less than 18 are considered underweight while those having a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 have an ideal weight.

People with BMI of 30 to 39.9 are considered obese but those with BMI of 25 to 29.9 are just a little over the ideal weight.

In spite of the wide use of BMI as a measurement of body fatness for men and women, BMI is not a perfect indicator of your fitness or having a perfect health. Someone who is fit and has a lot of muscle mass may be labeled as overweight on the BMI chart. Also remember that body fat is not the sole gauge for having a healthy weight. Blood pressure and waist circumference must also be considered when assessing risk of having obesity-related illnesses. However, because of the ease in using BMI as well as its strong association in measuring body fat, BMI is still considered the most common measure for calculating healthy body mass.

Women who use the BMI formula for calculating an ideal body mass or weight must set aside dreams to be slim but instead focus on improving their health. The best weight for a woman may not be the thin body that they usually prefer but that which falls within the healthy range on the BMI chart. This can be easy to maintain while allowing your body to efficiently function.

Any doubts about being fit with respect to the BMI formula can be referred to a doctor.

The best gauge for a woman to be considered as healthy is having normal pulse and blood pressure, normal menstrual cycle and being free from a good number of medical issues.