What’s Wrong With Weight Charts Going for the 3 Increases: Increase in Health, Increase in Happiness & Increase in Energy. Strategies for Success in Weight Management By: James J. Messina, Ph.D.
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What’s Wrong With Weight ChartsGoing for the 3 Increases: Increase in Health, Increase in Happiness & Increase in Energy
Strategies for Success in Weight Management
By: James J. Messina, Ph.D.
The best weight for you is your lean body mass (everything but fat) plus just the amount of fat necessary for good health:
10 percent to 18 percent of total body weight for men
18 percent to 25 percent of total body weight for women
A health professional can estimate percentage by measuring body fat with skinfold caliper
Most people do not have their lean body mass measured
A more common, but less accurate, way to determine your ideal weight is to use standard weight charts based on a person's height and frame
BMI: Measures weight (in kilograms) divided by height, squared
For Men: 106 lbs. plus six lbs. for each inch in height over five feet
For Women: 100 lbs. plus five lbs. for each inch in height over five feet
Using NIH guidelines, roughly 100 pounds greater than the ideal Calculated Weight constitutes clinically severe obesity