“So, what is my ideal weight?”
Mmmm, this is probably my most asked question by friends, family and pre-joining clients, which normally comes straight out of the blue and after “What is my ideal weight?”, it is nearly always followed up with a statement of something like, “I want to lose XYZ amount of pounds/stones/kilos!”
And it is at this precise moment when they ask “What is my ideal weight?”, that I get a nice warm, glowing feeling all around me, from head to toe, I want to go give them a huge hug and my big smile beams from cheek to cheek!
Coz, it’s at that this precise moment, when they ask “what is my ideal weight?”, that this person/friend/family member has taken their first step in putting their ambitions and goals out into the open for others to hear, with no going back and they have just taken their first step and it is a huge step for them, in wanting to improve themselves and their lifestyle and in taking back a little bit of control in their life.
So, I’m like “Cool, would you like me to help?”
“So, what is my ideal weight, how much should I weigh?”, they say.
This used to be thought of as a simple matter of merely standing on a set of scales and taking your weight and measuring it compared to your height.
Nowadays, instead of saying “what is my ideal weight“, health experts speak in terms of a “what is my healthy weight”.
This is due to the fact that measuring your overall bodyweight can not give a true reflection of the amount of fat around your body and the risks of certain diseases that comes with having too much body fat on you.
As is the same, when on a weight loss and fitness program, just measuring your weight can give a misleading measurement. This is because as your fat is burned off (which loses weight), muscle mass increases (which is 3 times heavier than fat) through exercise causing an offset on any weight loss.
What is my ideal weight?
Measuring weight alone will not tell you what is my ideal weight but measuring your body composition will.
The good news is we can get all these measurements and your body composition quite easily these days.
The first step is to check your BMI (Body Mass Index), this is helpful for checking any risks associated with being overweight.
Next, measure your waist to hip ratio. This helps identify if there maybe more fat distributed around the belly area than the hip area, as fat around the abdominal area has been associated with a higher risk to your health.
Finally, your body composition should be measured. This will let you know precisely what is my ideal weight and the percentage of fat around your body compared to your overall weight and will indicate what progress needs to be made towards your goal.
Fitclub Bootcamp provides a full body composition measurement to all their clients so you will know what is my ideal weight along with help and support to achieve healthy eating habits for life.
Call us now on 01324 552777 or book online to find out more about “What is my ideal weight?” and get your full body composition measurements.
For optimal fitness, it is recommended that body fat percentages for women should be between 16-25% and for men between 12-18%.
The absolute minimum levels suggested for women is 15%, any less can cause harmful hormonal changes, stopping of the period and can increase the risk of osteoporosis, this certainly does not fit in the category of “what is my ideal weight“!!
For men the absolute minimum suggested is 5%.
Some body composition measurements can also tell you the percentage of muscle in your body and the amount of water within your body, which can be very helpful when completing a fitness program and will help you answer the question to “what is my ideal weight?”
Check out this “what is my ideal weight calculator“