Finding Your Healthy Weight Range

Part of the Dieting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Ever wonder what your ideal weight would be? You can quickly estimate your healthy weight range, with these simple formulas. They take your height and gender into account.

Men    106 pounds for 5 feet, plus 6 pounds per inch over 5 feet or minus 6 pounds per inch under 5 feet; plus and minus 10 percent.
Women    100 pounds for 5 feet, plus 5 pounds per inch over 5 feet or minus 5 pounds per inch under 5 feet; plus and minus 10 percent.

For example, a six-foot man would calculate his healthy weight range like this:

106 + (6 x 12) = 178
178 +/- 10% = 160 to 196 pounds

A woman who measures 5 feet and 5 inches, would calculate her healthy weight range like this:

100 plus (5 x 5) = 125
125 +/- 10% = 113 to 137 pounds

You’ll be at the higher end of the range if you’re large-framed or carry more muscle, and at the lower end of the range if you’re small-framed with less muscle.

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