As a weight loss coach, I'm often asked... "Am I overweight for my height?"
Whether you're concerned with your body image or wonder what's your healthy weight range, find the answer to this question here, including a simple formula for determining your ideal weight.
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Let’s now give you a simple answer your question, "Am I overweight for my height?"
First, look at the formula below and find out your Body Mass Index (BMI). Then, see on the table below whether your BMI falls in a healthy weight range or not.
One more thing you should know: a measure of healthy weight range based on your height and weight, BMI applies, whether you’re a woman or a man.
So calculate your BMI now:
A quick answer to your question:
...is on the overweight underweight chart below:
As you can see, a BMI of:
However, you should know that your BMI is not very accurate as a measure of healthy weight, as it doesn’t measure the actual percentage of body fat.
So if you have relatively a lot of muscle mass, you may be incorrectly evaluated as overweight, or even obese. In fact, a fit athlete can be overweight according to the standard weight/height charts, but not overweight by any fitness standard.
How so? Well, that's because muscle tissue is heavier than body fat.
As a result, when you work out and lose body fat gaining muscle mass instead, your weight may increase a little, but your body is a lot better toned and very well-shaped... You could even have a good body fat percentage - according to the body fat percentage charts.
So get this... The scale can be helpful. But if it’s the only thing you use, it can be very misleading because it doesn’t distinguish between fat and muscle. As you start to exercise and your body gets increasingly conditioned, you should consider other ways to measure body fat.
As you can see, the correct question is not "Am I overweight for my height?", but rather, "What is a good body fat percentage for me?"