Ideal Weight Calculator Chart

What Should You Weigh Based on Your Height?

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What is the ideal weight for your height? Use this chart for adults to find your traditional ideal weight. Find your height in feet and inches to see the pounds for men and for women for ideal weight. You can also check it by height in centimeters and weight in kilograms. Then you can decide if it's time to lose weight.

What Do Different Heights and Weights Look Like?

Being at the ideal weight for your height doesn't guarantee that you will look the same as another person of that same weight and height.

There are multiple factors that affect how different people look at the same weight and height:

  • Muscularity: People who have more lean body mass, muscles rather than fat, will have a different appearance from someone of the same weight who is less muscular.
  • Porportions: We each have different proportions. Some people are longer in the legs and shorter in the torso, and vice versa. If you are a short-waisted woman, it's unlikely you'll have an hourglass figure with a nipped-in waist that you may desire, no matter what your weight may be.
  • Body Shapes: The SizeUSA study found these variations for women in 2004: Forty-six percent were rectangular with the waist less than nine inches smaller than the hips or bust. Twenty percent had a pear-shaped figure with the hips larger than the bust. Fourteen percent were inverted triangles with the bust bigger than the hips. Only eight percent had an hourglass figure with equal hip and bust measurements and a narrow waist. However, the fashion industry generally designed for an hourglass shape. Male body shapes have generally been been categorized as ectomorph, endomorph, and mesomorph.
  • Where You Store Fat: Fat is stored throughout the body, but different people tend to put on extra fat in different places. Some people store extra fat on their stomach and torso, giving them an apple shape. Others store it on their hips, buttocks, and upper thighs, giving them a pear shape.
  • Age: Body composition changes as you age. There are large differences with the onset of puberty as male and female hormones change the body shape. Then as women enter menopause, the balance of hormones change and they may see a change in where they store fat. Entering older age, both men and women have to work harder to maintain muscle mass.

    That being said, it might be helpful to see what other people look like at your weight and height for goal setting. There are multiple online galleries where readers can post their pictures, such as My Body Gallery and Curve Appeal.

    Ideal Weight Chart for Adults in Feet - Inches - Pounds

    Height
    (feet and inches)

    Women

    Men

    5'0"

    108 lb.

    110 lb.

    5'1"

    112

    115

    5'2"

    116

    120

    5'3"

    119

    125

    5'4"

    123

    130

    5'5"

    127

    135

    5'6"

    131

    140

    5'7"

    134

    145

    5'8"

    138

    150

    5'9"

    142

    155

    5'10"

    146

    160

    5'11"

    149

    165

    6'0"

    153

    170

    6'1"

    157

    175

    6'2"

    160

    180

    6'3"

    164

    185

    6'4"

    168

    190

    6'5"

    172

    195

    6'6"

    175

    200

    Metric Ideal Weight Chart - Centimeters and Kilograms

    Height

    Women

    Men

    152 cm

    49 kg

    50 kg

    155

    51

    52

    157

    52

    54

    160

    54

    57

    163

    56

    59

    165

    57

    61

    168

    59

    64

    170

    61

    66

    173

    63

    68

    175

    64

    70

    178

    66

    73

    180

    68

    75

    213

    69

    77

    216

    71

    79

    218

    73

    82

    221

    74

    84

    224

    76

    86

    226

    78

    88

    229

    80

    91

    Other Measures of Ideal Weight

    Calculations Used for Ideal Weight Charts

    Ideal Body Weight (in kilograms) = 49 kg + 1.7 kg for each inch over 5 feet
    Men: men: Ideal Body Weight (in kilograms) = 50 + 2.3 kg per inch over 5 feet.

    The traditional ideal weight calculator is essentially a rule of thumb rather than being based on health research or a comprehensive study of population averages.

    Do you weigh more because you are lean but very muscular, and muscle weighs more than fat? While we wish that was the case, usually we weigh more because we have too much body fat. Your body mass index, calculated from your height and weight, is commonly used by health authorities to assess if you are overweight or obese. But very muscular people may have a higher body mass index while still having low body fat.

    The US Centers for Disease Control recommends using both the BMI and your weight circumference to determine whether you are at a healthy weight. A waist over 35 inches for non-pregnant women and over 40 inches for men indicates a higher risk of obesity-related conditions, according to the CDC.
    What Should You Weigh for a Long, Healthy Life?

    How to Lose Weight

    If you use these calculators and find you weigh more than the average due to having too much body fat, you may want to lose weight through diet and exercise. We have free tools to help you achieve a lean, healthy body.

    • Logging: Log your diet and exercise online or use free mobile apps. They will also analyze the nutrition in what you eat so you can achieve a healthy diet.
    • 1200 and 1500 Calorie Diets: To lose weight you need to eat fewer calories than you burn off each day. Use these portion suggestions for a balanced 1200 or 1500 calorie weight loss diet.
    • Calories per Day Calculator: How many calories do you burn off each day at rest and with your usual level of exercise?

    Source:

    Assessing Your Weight: How Can I Tell If I'm at a Healthy Weight? US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Information Sheet. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/index.html

    Robinson JD, Lupkiewicz SM, Palenik L, Lopez LM, Ariet M, Determination of ideal body weight for drug dosage calculations. Am J Hosp Parm 1983 40:1016-9.

    SizeUSA The National Sizing Survey Women Body Measurement and Data Analysis Reports on the U.S. Population, 2004.

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