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What is the ideal weight for your height, age and body shape?

Your exact weight is a matter of genetics and your body composition. You should not aim for a particular number on the scale, but make feeling fit and fabulous your goal instead.

Your body type influences your weight’s distribution, the type of exercises that works best for you and what you should eat to feel more energized.

Regardless of your shape, avoid gaining an excess of body fat. This puts you at risk of chronic diseases related to being overweight or obese.

 

This is the weight chart created by professionals that you should take into consideration when you’re trying to find out your ideal weight.

 

 

1. Types of body and their description

Body type is all about your appearance, and it may also influence your respose to exercise and nutrition. A mesomorph tends to gain muscle very easily. By following good nutrition and exercise, this person usually has wide shoulders, a small waist, a medium bone structure and low body fat.

The ectomorphic body type belongs to a person whose figure is long, lean and thin. These people have trouble putting muscle on their small bones and seem to never gain weight, no matter how much they eat.

Endomorphs are the opposite; they’re heavier and have a more full figure. They gain weight easily, have a large bone structure and experience trouble creating muscle definition.

2. Age

The way your body looks changes with age. There are huge differences upon the start of puberty as male and female hormones have a significant effect on the body shape.

When women enter menopause, the balance of hormones changes and a change may appear regarding the areas where they store fat. As we get older, both men and women have to work harder to maintain muscle mass.

3. Height

Ideal height and weight charts usually present weights in a range to cover all different types of bodies. A person who is 5 feet, 2 inches tall is considered healthy if she weighs between 104 and 135 pounds. An ectomorph may fall into the lower end of this weight range, while an endomorph might fall into the higher range.

A man who stands 6 feet tall is at a healthy weight between 140 and 183 pounds — with ectomorphs being on the lighter side, and endomorphs falling on the higher side.

These weight ranges put a person at a healthy body mass index, or BMI. The body mass index is equal to your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared.

Health practitioners use BMI to estimate body fat and possible health risk related to weight. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9.

4. Health benefits of losing weight

  • Lowered risk of diabetes through improved blood sugar control
  • Lowered cholesterol
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Increased HDL good cholesterol and decreased triglycerides
  • Reduced aches and pains
  • Boost of energy
  • Easier breathing
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Reduced the risk or severity of symptoms of sleep apnea
  • Feeling less tired throughout the day
  • Potentially reduced the need for medication
  • Improved mood
  • Increased number of optimistic thoughts and views regarding the world

 

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