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Ideal Body Weight
Note that your ideal weight range is somewhat broad. Depending on your build and whether you are male or female, an ideal weight for you may fall anywhere in this range. This weight range is based on body mass index (BMI). BMI provides a good assessment of weight status for most people. However, BMI does not take into account the ratio of muscle to fat in your body; therefore people with a lot of muscle mass may have a high BMI although they are at a healthful weight. Your health care provider can help you determine the exact ideal body weight range for you.You can achieve and maintain your ideal body weight by eating a healthful diet and exercising regularly. If you are not very active, you may want to check with your doctor before embarking on an exercise program.
Body Mass Index
The BMI is an attempt to quantify the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat, and bone) in an individual, and then categorize that person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on that value. However, there is some debate about where on the BMI scale the dividing lines between categories should be placed. Commonly accepted BMI ranges are:
|18.5 – 24.9||Normal or Healthy Weight|
|25.0 – 29.9||Overweight|
|30.0 and Above||Obese|
Being active is an important part of any weight-loss or weight-maintenance program. When you're active, your body uses more energy (calories). And when you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight.Because 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound (0.45 kilogram) of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in to lose 1 pound.