Happy Weight Formula
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Got this from my team captain CATHYJOW. But she got it from someone else. SELF magazine maybe per TRECECOOKS. Sorry I don't know where this originated, or else I'd cite it...
Grab a tape measure and calculator. Multiply your height in inches by itself, then by 0.031. That is your body weight at a body mass index of 22, in the middle of the healthy range, so it's a good place to start. But there are many different factors that can contribute to your happy weight. So keep calculating.
Multiply the above number by 0.95 if you have a small frame; leave it unchanged if you have a medium frame; multiply by 1.05 if you have a large frame.
To measure your frame, wrap a tape measure around your wrist and consult the following chart:
If you're under 5'2":
small frame: less than 5.5"
medium frame: 5.5" to 5.75"
large frame: more than 5.75"
If you're 5'2" to 5'5":
small frame: less than 6"
medium frame: 6" to 6.25"
large frame: more than 6.25"
If you're over 5'5":
small frame: less than 6.25"
medium frame: 6.25" to 6.5"
large frame: more than 6.5"
Add 1 pound if a sibling or parent is obese. This makes you two to three times more likely to be overweight.
Add 2 pounds for each decade you are over the age of 20. Although women begin to lose 1/3 to 1/2 pound of muscle each year and gain at least that much in body fat as they age, it's possible to prevent some of this weight gain by exercising and eating right.
Add 5 pounds if you've had any children. pregnancy results in a 4 to 7 pound weight gain, on average.
Subtract 1 pound if you exercise and weight train once a week, subtract 2 pounds if you do it three times a week and subtract 3 pounds for five or more times a week. The muscle you build by strength training increases your metabolic rate, so you'll burn more calories.
Add 4 pounds if you smoked at least a pack a day for a year or more and have quit. Most quitters gain weight, but the health benefits. are well worth it.
Add 1 pound if you allow yourself a treat now and then. Occasionally indulging can be healthy.
Add the numbers and you'll have your happy weight.
OR you can drop the math and do what LADY_DONKEY says:
"...honestly, my Happy Weight is the weight I am at where I can do my workouts well, where I don't feel bloated or gassy or gross from eating crap, where I still have energy to pursue my hobbies & tasks & ambitions, where I have balance of carbs and proteins to be in a good mood."