Ever wonder what your ideal weight is or how much calories you need in a day? Read below to find out more. It's important to know your numbers!
Body Mass Index (BMI)
- This is the most common measure of obesity by an individual's weight relative to height. It is a broad indicator but does not take into account muscle mass.
- To calculate your BMI and figure out what the numbers mean, check out this link: http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/
- Unfortunately for most of us, reaching one's ideal weight is close to impossible. However, give yourself a break and try to stay within 5-10 lbs of your ideal weight.
- To calculate your ideal weight:
- males (106 lbs for the first 5' and 6 lbs for each inch over 5') +/- 10% for frame size
- famales (100 lbs for the first 5' and 5 lbs for each inch over 5') +/- 10% for frame size
- Men and woman have very different needs. In order to figure out this number, you need to first calculate how many calories you will need throughout the day when you are at rest. This means, how many calories will you need to stay alive (pump heart, breathe, digest food, blink eyes, think, and all other involuntary activities). This is called BASAL ENERGY EXPENDITURE or BEE.
- To calculate your BEE:
- Men: 66.47 +13.75 (weight) + 5(height) - 6.75 (age)
- Females: 655.1 + 9.56 (weight) + 1.85 (height) - 4.68 (age)
- Please note weight is measured in kg, height is measured in cm
Daily Caloric Needs for Weight Loss:
- Calculate your daily caloric needs and then subtract 500 from it. This will ensure healthy weight loss of about 1 pound per week (1 lb = 3500 calories)
Daily Caloric Needs for Weight Gain:
- Calculate your daily caloric needs and add 500 to the number. This will ensure weight gain of one pound per week.