Introduction: What is Your Body Weight?
You have probably heard your doctor say “Your BMI is too high. You need to lose weight.” If you do not know what your BMI is, it stands for Body Mass Index. This is a measurement to determine whether you are at a healthy weight for your height. Think of it as a measurement of where you are along the weight spectrum. Your BMI is based on how much you weigh right now compared to how tall you would be if you were completely still (1). Most doctors use BMI to detect possible health conditions that are related to excess weight. They then take some measurements and they use their knowledge to determine whether the patient should lose weight or not.
When you try your BMI on yourself, it will tell you whether or not your current weight is at a healthy range for your height. Look at the table below to find your height and weight. Then you can find your BMI.
– Andrea Schaupp, “Introduction: What is Your Body Weight?” TweakTown , Aug. 14th, 2010 (2) .
BMI Formula Explanation: Here is the formula used to calculate BMI from your height and weight:
BMI= (W/H)*703 * AGE [START] /18.5 [END]
First, here is the formula itself:
BMI= (W/H)*703 * AGE [START] / 18.5 [END]
What is a Healthy Body Weight for 5’4″?
If you are 5’4″, the range of healthy body weight is from 115 pounds to 145 pounds. A healthy body weight for 5’4″ is 130 pounds. Lower than this, and you run a risk of developing an eating disorder or obesity. Higher than this, and you run the risk of getting osteoarthritis as well as a number of other chronic health issues that are linked to overweight and obesity, including type 2 diabetes.
These are general statistics. For some, the numbers may differ from person to person. For instance, if you have a shorter (than average) height, this can make it more difficult for you to gain or lose weight. If you cannot eat enough calories to offset physical activity and other bodily activities, this can also lead to weight gain.
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What Is the Ideal BMI for 5’4″?
The ideal BMI for you is 18.5 to 24.9. If you are within this range, it is not necessary for your doctor to order blood tests to determine whether or not you have high cholesterol levels or high blood pressure. However, if your BMI is above 24.9, your doctor will most likely order blood tests for those health conditions. For example, if your BMI is 25 or higher, you have a greater risk of developing diabetes. If your BMI is 21.5 or lower, you have a greater risk of developing breast cancer. If you are 5’4″ and that height is accompanied by an overweight body weight, your health risks will be even greater than the average American 15 year old girl. For example, you have a greater risk of developing gallstones.
How to Calculate Your BMI & The Best Way to Track It Against Your Current Weight
Weigh yourself in light clothing, as if you were going to lounge around the house all day.
Choose a spot on the floor where you can stand with your back straight.
In front of you, stand on a scale that measures in pounds and centimeters, so it reads “130lbs” and “5Below 4”.
Momentarily step off the scale once the weight is displayed. Take another step forward or backward to get onto the line again. You’ll have to do this two or three times for 1 pound of fat.
If your current weight is below 130 lbs. and your goal is to lose weight, this is a good time to get serious about setting aside extra time each day for exercise and healthy eating. You do not need to worry about being hungry.
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“How to Calculate Your BMI & The Best Way to Track It Against Your Current Weight” as published by Dr. Phil in the New York Times, August 21, 2010: NYTimes_How_to_calculate_your_bmi_.pdf
“How to Calculate Your BMI & The Best Way to Track It Against Your Current Weight”, as published by Dr. Phil in HuffPost, August 22, 2010: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-phil-gauvin/how-to-calculate-your_b_688358.html
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The Best Ways To Keep Your Body in Check & Losing Weight Without Even Trying
Drink only water and unsweetened tea. Try iced tea instead of soda to stave off high blood pressure.
Only eat what’s on your plate and use smaller plates to keep portion sizes in check. Start a weight loss journal for motivation and accountability.
Don’t overlook the importance of exercise because it is integral in making sure that you lose weight without even trying.
Try exercising with your spouse, friend or family member to keep you motivated and accountable.
Don’t rush your weight loss regimen. The trick is to lose the weight and keep it off, so try to lose one pound a week or two pounds every two weeks at most.