Height to weight ratio or the Body Mass Index (BMI), indicates if a person is underweight, normal, overweight or obese for a given height and is important for weight loss planning.
BMI is not necessarally the best measure for body fat or body fat%. What it does do is to provide us an indicator if we are under nourished or if we at risk due to too much body mass. This measure is the best at moment, to provide an indication of potential health risks due to being out of our normal weight range.
The BMI essentially points us to our ideal weight. Our ideal weight can be calculated easily. We first need to identify our current body mass index (BMI). Go get your height and weight measurements.
Make sure that they are in the correct system and right unit of measures, ie, Imperial pounds and feet/inches or in the metric system of cm and kg. Key in the data into the calculator on the right of this page or just take out your calculator and just divide your height by your weight. Match the result to the BMI category below.
So if you are not in normal weight zone, what is your ideal weight range then. For this, we’ll need to refer to the BMI tables from the links below. Take your choice of metric if you want your weight in Kg or US/Imperial if you want your weight in pounds:
Now we know what your ideal weight should be. So we can now create the plan to reach your ideal weight.
But first, we need to know just how you got overweight in the first place. Remember, we want to make sure the weight loss plan will result in a permanent weight loss for you. So we need to know what factors drove your weight up in the first place.