Determining your frame size and body type (are you an ectomorph, mesomorph or endomorph?) can help you find out your ideal weight. Understanding your frame size can help you set more realistic weight loss goals (use the ideal weight calculator, which takes your frame size into account).
We do not all have the same size of frame; some people have a smaller and lighter frame, while others will possess a heavier build. A person with a large frame size will have a different ideal weight than someone with a small frame.
Frame Size Calculator
Determine your frame size using the body frame size calculator:
- First select your gender.
- Then enter either your wrist circumference or elbow breadth (see below how to take your measurements).
- Lastly, enter your height in meters or feet, and click calculate.
How to measure wrist circumference:
Determine your wrist size by wrapping a tape measure around your wrist at the level just below the wrist bone. This is the narrowest point of the wrist.
If this is not possible you can take the measurement by placing your forefinger and thumb of your other hand on either side of your elbow joint. Then use your forefinger and thumb as a gauge to determine your elbow breadth by measuring the gap between them with a ruler.
Frame Size & Weight
This frame calculator highlights that we aren’t all built the same and can’t all look the same (even if we try). It can help you set more realistic goals, to worry less about a number on a scale, and focus more on what is healthy for you.
Methods such as body mass index do not take frame size into account, which means that it can lack accuracy in determining whether or not you fall within a healthy weight range. For example, a person with a medium or large frame who also carries a good amount of muscle mass would be expected to weigh more than a person with a small frame and little muscle mass.
Limitations: Like all such calculators, this is an approximate method of determining frame size. For example, this calculator determines frame size only from one measurement (upper body), it does not take the lower body into consideration. However, upper and lower body frame size is not necessarily the same. The upper body of someone who has a pear body shape may be smaller framed (small wrist), while their lower body might be larger framed (heavier ankles).