How much should I weigh?

ideal weight calculator

It’s the question everyone asks, “how much should I weigh?” The simple answer is, your ideal weight depends on a bunch of different factors such as your height, age, gender, frame size, bone density, muscle-to-fat ratio, and body fat distribution.

There are several methods of determining how much you should weigh; with each method using different factors to calculate your ideal weight, such as height, waist and hip size, or frame size.

This calculator uses your frame size, gender, and height to calculate how much you should weigh. Other ways of determining your ideal weight are body mass indexwaist-to-hip ratio and body fat percentage.

IDEAL WEIGHT CALCULATOR

  • To determine your frame size use the frame size calculator.
  • This calculator (and the weight charts below) is based on women wearing clothing weighing 3lbs and shoes with 1″ heels, and men wearing clothing weighing 5lbs and shoes with 1″ heels.*
  • This calculator is for adults (use this weight calculator if you’re sill growing).
  • This weight calculator provides only an estimate, as it cannot take into account/ distinguish between muscle and fat mass. Therefore, while it may be a guideline, it cannot be exact.
  • Remember, body fat measurement is still the most ideal and accurate way to chart your health and weight loss progress.

How much should I weigh?

It is important that you maintain your perspective with regards to body weight. Simply use body weight as a tool to indicate health and aim to keep it within a healthy range. Check your BMI, which is favored by many health professionals.

It’s worth getting your body fat percentage measured to ensure that you are indeed in good health. The scales do not distinguish between fat and muscle. It’s not so much about how much should you weigh, as it is about ideal body fat percentage.

Weight is a very crude method of determining health or even beauty. Body fat percentage is a much better indicator. Therefore, ideally anyone tracking their “weight” should ideally do so through regular body fat percentage measurements, which can be inexpensively done at fitness clubs, gyms or your local college/ university, or use this body fat calculator to get an estimate now.

Remember that each of us is built differently. While your friend may be the same height as you, they may have a different size frame, different bone density, muscle to fat ratio, and body fat distribution (learn more about body types and body shape). So don’t try to compare yourself with others. You want to achieve the healthiest, happiest weight for you – not them!

Use the calorie calculator to determine your personal calorie requirements.

For an overview of how much you should weigh see the tables below.

Weight chart for women

Height

Small Frame

Medium Frame

Large Frame

4’10”

102-111

109-121

118-131

4’11”

103-113

111-123

120-134

5’0″

104-115

113-126

122-137

5’1″

106-118

115-129

125-140

5’2″

108-121

118-132

128-143

5’3″

111-124

121-135

131-147

5’4″

114-127

124-138

134-151

5’5″

117-130

127-141

137-155

5’6″

120-133

130-144

140-159

5’7″

123-136

133-147

143-163

5’8″

126-139

136-150

146-167

5’9″

129-142

139-153

149-170

5’10”

132-145

142-156

152-173

5’11”

135-148

145-159

155-176

6’0″

138-151

148-162

158-179

Weight chart for men

Height

Small Frame

Medium Frame

Large Frame

5’2″

128-134

131-141

138-150

5’3″

130-136

133-143

140-153

5’4″

132-138

135-145

142-156

5’5″

134-140

137-148

144-160

5’6″

136-142

139-151

146-164

5’7″

138-145

142-154

149-168

5’8″

140-148

145-157

152-172

5’9″

142-151

148-160

155-176

5’10”

144-154

151-163

158-180

5’11”

146-157

154-166

161-184

6’0″

149-160

157-170

164-188

6’1″

152-164

160-174

168-192

6’2″

155-168

164-178

172-197

6’3″

158-172

167-182

176-202

6’4″

162-176

171-187

181-207

*Ideal Weights according to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company tables (1983)