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interesting "ideal body weight" calculator

I stumbled upon this a minute ago. It calculates using a few different formulas and even an average of what other people of your height and ago describe as their ideal weight.


Tue. Jul 25, 8:57am

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Frustrating that I fell within the "healthy" range but am waaaay above what people think I should be for my height!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 9:32 AM

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I second that. UGH!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 5:26 PM

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Well I'm just shy of 5'8 and it says...
Peoples Choice Ideal Weight = 140, since that's my goal weight I can't argue.
Medical Recommendation = 124-163, I'm currently 157 so that makes me feel good.
The MetLife table says 138-152, so I have a few more pounds to lose to get within this ones range, but if I got to 140 it would be the low side of the range.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 10:14 AM

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I'm right along with the above poster... it says I should weigh 141 and I would absolutely love to be that weight... so, I'm gonna keep trying. Good luck everyone!

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 10:53 AM

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I'm wary of this. Although my Met and BMI scores were reasonable, my People one was 129. I hit that for like a day during puberty. Looking at both my build and muscle mass, that is a highly unrealistic goal for me (I'm now in the mid 140s) At the same time, I have a friend the same height as I am, yet 129 is on the high end for her body-type. It all depends on the individual.

This might give you an idea, but none of the 3 take enough factors into account. I think you're better off talking with your doctor to set realistic/healthy goals.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 12:55 PM

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I would just look at it as a guideline. No one knows your "ideal". We can look in the mirror and know if we are at our "ideal" weight, we don't need to put a number to it. Two people can be the same age, height and build and have completely different weights because one will have more muscle and the other more body fat. There are a lot of "skinny" girls with high body fat %. Skinny fat, jiggly you know.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 8:53 PM

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It says that I'm healty - yay! It also says that my "people's choice" ideal is 10lbs lower than I am right now. And I'm really short, so 10lbs is a lot. If I lose 10lbs, I'll look hot in all the designer itsy-bitsy clothes! I may even be "sample-sized", except, of course, way shorter than any sample sizes!

This is totally vain, but, I'd love to look that hot! Too bad I could never afford it...

Monday, August 07, 2006, 5:10 PM

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my favorite site

just entering in your height and weight isnt enouph to calculate ur body fat. this site allows you to enter in some measurments as well to get a more accurate calculation. but no internet site can tell you with 100% accuracy. your best bet is to get a pinch test by a personal trainer or doctor.


Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 5:35 PM

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Body Fat

I tried your link and my body fat % was 27%, the other site I tried said 26.9%.
Even if it's not 100% accurate it's a great way to measure my progress toward my goal of 22% body fat. Thanks for the link!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006, 10:19 AM

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im 124ibs&5'5'' but people choices 122ibs..Anyway i think im enough to be healty..cuz im 18..namely so young..Im Turkish.I luv ma country..I wanna thank u very much 4 yo this site.I enjoy that n i wanna visit here again..basically i enter the internet rarely but anyway this site will be on ma mind..Accordin 2 me i should mention 2 everyone that yes the weight is so important matter 4 our health but don forget that lose the weight is not hard as called so..good times to every1:):):)

Saturday, April 14, 2007, 7:17 AM

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to be da best for urself

I saw dat nobody wrote their comments when i wrote..Thereby i wanted to write something to here..If we wanna be ideal and the best at the same time we must make sports becos sports make we happy.U know..So serotonin hormone releasing our body..All right how?Which sport we should choice?I think da best sport is walkin..Don forget it if u wanna lose some weight u should walk 90 minutes per a day..And if u wanna keep yor weight also to be fit u should walk 40 minutes per a day..The sports are the friends of our heart..Turkey in other words my heaven country gives me so suitable ambient.request from u that please write to here someting..Cos dis world is ours..And we care our health and we help us(if we have informations)..I wonder whether the people enter this site or not..Take care..

Sunday, April 29, 2007, 9:55 AM

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I like both these sites. My goal is 140-145 and that is what my goal should be. The BMI site is great. Even though I am 40 pounds overweight I am also very muscular and most BMI sites say my BMI is 32-34, this site takes into account some other factors, it said my BMI was 27, not bad considering I always thought I didn't have that much body fat, its mostly concentrated in one area, sad but true.

Sunday, April 29, 2007, 12:55 PM

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Re: my favorite site

Thank you so much for posting this website. I wasn't aware of the information it provided and now I know I need to do more work then I thought but its always good to be "in the know".
- Uneeq -

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 9:23 AM

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Hmmm...body fat site says that I am at 20% - between athletic and average for a female (yay!) but the ideal weight site said I have 15 lbs to lose. I am very muscular and just a "bigger" person overall (broad shoulders, size 11 shoe) so I don't think it works for me. I will be happy if I lose 5-8 lbs. I found it kinda discouraging.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 10:43 AM

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Maybe this is why I am not losing any more weight?

I am 146 lbs. and 5'-6-1/2" tall.

People's choice was 132 lbs.

Recommended was 120-157 lbs.

On the body fat percentage site, it said I had 18.8% Body Fat. Could this be true? I'm going to search other sites to compare. If this is true, maybe that's why I'm not losing any more weight. Maybe I'm right where I'm supposed to be?

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 11:27 AM

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this is 10:43 -
I had the same reaction as PP - so I tried another site and got 23% (navy) and 22% (YMCA) so still pretty close but a little higher. I think there is always room for error unless you are doing a displacement test.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 12:22 PM

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It is really funny to me that the people's choice is 2 lbs less then my lowest weight ever... and it was my my favorite. I was still curvy and I looked AMAZING. Saying that, it is 24 lbs heavier than what is "recommended" in the BMI range.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 4:27 PM

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11:27 again...

I looked my body fat percentage up on several sites. Most of them ask for something a little different (wrist measurement, waist measurement, calf measurement, neck measurement, forearm measurement, hip measurement, thigh measurement, weight, height). If I throw out the lowest number; 18.8% and the highest number; 30.1% and average the rest of the percentages together, I come up with something like 23%. I can live with that.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 8:07 PM

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