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What is Your Healthy Weight?

Melanie Douglass, a registered dietitian with Podfitness helps us determine what a healthy weight might be.

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Your body weight is just one piece of the gigantic “good health” picture. That means knowing, understanding and achieving a “healthy weight” is important in assessing your health status and risk for disease, but so is your percent body fat, your body mass index, what you eat 80% of the time, and how much you exercise.

Good health is not something that can be defined by a look, a size of clothing, or a specific number on the bathroom scale. Good health is really about how we live—day to day. It’s a lifestyle. And it’s a lifestyle we all need to work harder to achieve. The health of our nation is poor—we have too much food and too few reasons to move our muscles. Whether 9 or 90 years old, underweight or obese, athletic or a couch potato—we all need to move more and make better eating choices in order to become healthy.

So as one part of the big picture, take a moment to figure out the healthiest body weight for you.

For women:

1. Start with 100 pounds for 5 feet.

2. Add 5 pounds per inch over 5 feet.

3. Add 10% for large body frame.

4. Subtract 10% for a small body frame.

So a 5’5″ woman would have an ideal body weight range of 112 to 138 pounds.

For men:

1. Start with 106 pounds for 5 feet.

2. Add 6 pounds per inch over 5 feet.

3. Add 10% for a large body frame.

4. Subtract 10% for a small body frame.

So, a 5’10” man would have an ideal body weight range of 149 to 183 pounds.

For weight loss tips and customized workouts that can help you achieve a healthy weight, visit Podfitness.com.

© 2008 Melanie Douglass, Deseret Book

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