Your weight depends on many different factors — everything from what you eat to how much you move to your environment and genetics. It’s important to set goals when you want your current weight to change — but you first need to know your target weight.
It’s easy to figure out how much you should weigh from a health perspective. From there, you can determine how much you might need to lose (or gain) to reach a healthier weight.
Why does your weight matter?
You might look and feel fine regardless of what you weigh. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’re healthy, though. It’s important to look at health in the long term to determine whether or not you’re at risk for disease later in life based on your condition now. The Nutrition Source says your weight can put you at risk for a long list of conditions. If you don’t start taking care of yourself now — no matter how young or old you are — there will be consequences.
Your ideal weight
Your ideal body weight is just a general marker of how close you are to what is considered a healthy weight. The math for this one is simple. Here’s how to calculate your own body weight, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.