How Much Should I Weigh?

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How much you should weigh, depends on a variety of different factors such as your height, age, gender, frame size, muscle-to-fat ratio, and body fat distribution.

There are several methods of determining your ideal weight zone; with each method using different factors to calculate your ideal weight, such as height, waist and hip size, or frame size. Use this calculator in conjunction with other ways of determining your ideal weight, which are body mass indexwaist-to-hip ratio and body fat percentage.

This weight calculator uses your frame size, gender, and height to calculate how much you should weigh.1 It also highlights that one size does not fit all. People have different body types and frame sizes, which means that even for the same height people can have a different ideal healthy weight zone.

Ideal Weight Calculator

Calculator Instructions

  • To determine your frame size use the frame size calculator.
  • To convert pounds to kilograms use this weight converter.
  • 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.

As with all methods of determining ideal weight, this weight calculator provides only an estimate. Also remember weight does not distinguish between muscle and fat mass. Measuring body fat percentage is a more accurate way to chart your weight loss progress.

How Much Should I Weigh?

The above ideal weight calculator and charts highlight how “ideal” body weight might vary between individuals based on the size of their frame. But frame size is not the only factor to consider when determining what a healthy weight is for you, which means there are other methods that can help you find your ideal weight range.

So don’t try to compare yourself with others. You want to achieve the healthiest, happiest weight for you – not for someone else.

Another important factor to consider is how body fat is distributed. That is because excess deep belly fat is associated with an increased risk of health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. It is possible to fall in the healthy weight BMI category, but have too much belly fat. 234

Looking just at body weight alone is limiting. Therefore, use body weight, as well as some of the methods below to help you determine how much you should weigh, which include:8910

  • BMI calculator. Body mass index (BMI) determines ideal weight based on height, but does not consider body composition or body shape.
  • Waist-to-hip ratio calculator. Waist-to-hip ratio compares waist measurement to hip measurement, and is a measure body fat distribution.
  • Body fat percentage, which estimates your total body fat. If you can, get your body fat percentage measured professionally, which can be done at fitness clubs, gyms or your local college/ university, or use the body fat calculator to get an estimate now.

Body mass index is a popular method with health professionals for determining a healthy weight range. BMI is calculated dividing a person’s weight in kg by their height squared. A higher BMI is associated with a higher level of body fat.

The disadvantage of BMI is that it does not consider body composition or body shape. In other words it does not differentiate between fat and muscle, where the fat is located, and does not take frame size into account.11

For example, an athletic person with a lot of muscle could fall in the overweight category, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. On the other hand, a person who is lightly muscled with a small frame might fall in the healthy weight category, but have unhealthy levels of body fat.12131415

For an overview of how much you should weigh based on frame size, see the tables below.212223

Ideal Weight Chart for Women

This ideal weight chart is based on women wearing clothing weighing 3lbs and shoes with 1″ heels.

Ideal Weight Chart for Men

This ideal weight chart is based on women men wearing clothing weighing 5lbs and shoes with 1″ heels.

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  1. I am a 5’11” guy with a smaller frame and I weigh 154 pounds. My girlfriend is 5’10”and her frame is a little larger than mine and she weighs 168lbs. We are both pretty close to our ideal for our height and frame size.

  2. Yes, eat whatever you want but in smaller quantities. Pass over the hundreds of slimming remedies and diet control companies, they are out to make money. Calorie control and omitting many different foods is boring and depressive. Drink a glass of water with the meal of your choice (smaller of course) and be happy. Weight loss will be 1-1.5 pounds a week. Try it, in its simplicity, it does work.

  3. Hi I’m 5ft 2″ and I am 126lbs. I can’t seem to get much smaller in size as I’ve still got a lot of weight to shift. I do 6 days a week at keep fit classes, body combat, gym, body pump etc!
    Does any one have any answers?
    Babs.

  4. I certainly agree the calculations are beginning points. According to my wrist I am small bone, according to my elbow (I used calipers) I am medium, yet when I was going to a health club I was told I was large boned. Also I was told at 23 that I should weigh about 135-140 pounds, I dieted & walked, but at 145 pounds the neighbors started asking my husband if they could do anything to help with my illness. My sister stood me in front of a long mirror (I didn’t have one in the house), and held a magazine with photos of anorexia. I stopped dieting that day!
    At 35 I had crept up to 198pounds and although I was on my feet all day, I was not sleeping well & stressed. Diet got me back to 168 pounds and a size 16 but i couldn’t go further on my own. I went to a health & fitness club and asked for a trainer that would kick my butt, be careful what you ask for :-), within three months I went from 32% body fat to 12 % , size 16 to 8. BUT I still weighed 168 pounds!
    You should only ever go by YOU. Find what you like even if you have to try everything first. I wrenched a hip kickboxing, dropped a free weight on my head, fell flat on my face running and twisted an ankle. I stuck to governed machines and yoga after that. Lol

  5. I came here from pinterest, decided to look around the site. When I saw a link to this page, I clicked it, rolled my eyes, and thought to my self “If this is just a BMI calculator I’m out of here” The consideration of my frame size as well as the gener al focus of the site not just on weight but other important factors like body fat percentage (after all no one likes being well built and then having that outdated BMI nonsense say they’re obese!) has really impressed me.

  6. I am 5’2″ tall with a very large body frame. My wrist is almost 7 inches and my elbow was 3 inches. Just an indicator, I carried twins to 9 months and I never even felt so much as a kick in my ribs. I did have a lot of pressure down below but no bone pain or intrauterine growth restriction. Being large framed has a lot of advantages. I am strong, powerful, and healthy.

    I know a lot of women would be sad to be large framed but not me. I rejoice in it.

    I just wish I had known about this when I was a kid. I was NEVER one of the skinny girls even though I ate well and got plenty of exercise. When I was a kid and a teenager I just thought I was fat. I was teased and made fun of because of my stocky build. If I had known at the time that I was not fat but that I was POWERFUL I would have kicked all their butts for picking on me. 🙂

    One of my twin girls is built just like me and as she gets older I am going to make sure that she understands that she isn’t fat and that there isn’t anything wrong with being a powerful woman. Of course, I have to be careful because her twin sister (fraternal) is build more like my husband. She will be taller, more slender, and will have a small to medium frame. I don’t want either of them to think that one build is preferable to the other so it will be a delicate balance.

  7. hey so im only 5’4 ad this say that i should weigh about what i do but i work out two to three hours a day is there and fast way you can see my dropping weight

  8. I agree- I’m 5’9″ with a large frame- it says I should weigh 149 and 170 pounds. I’m 156 currently, and I definitely have pudge. I can’t image all that going away at 149.

    • Hi Kailene,

      Anything that has to do with weight is only a best guess. The only way you can get an accurate idea of where you are and how much you have to lose is by having your body fat percentage professionally measured. Also, how much you weigh does not only depend on how much fat you carry or the size of your frame, but also muscle mass. For example, if you lose weight and also gain muscle, you might end up weighing more than you would have expected. Remember, the goal shouldn’t be a specific number on the scale. Most people need to gain muscle, and muscle is more dense than fat. Basically, it all comes down to body composition.

  9. this doesn’t seem right to me! I’m 5 feet 3 inches with a small bodyframe and it says my weight should be between 111-124 pounds. I’m 98 pounds at the moment which I think is a normal weight, I can’t imagine being between 111-124, I would look obese

    • Hi Jojo,

      Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. I think I ended up answering your question by answering Kailene’s, which is similar. Basically, weight is only a best guess. Why? Because is does not differentiate between muscle, fat and frame size. This calculator tries to make it a little more accurate by including frame size, but it doesn’t take how much muscle you have into consideration. You say you would look obese, but I think you mean you would look obese it you gained 10lbs of fat. If you gained muscle, you wouldn’t look obese. To accurately know where you stand you need to get your body fat percentage measured. Your results suggest that you may have little fat, little muscle and a slight skeleton. Also, your BMI is 17.4, which would put you in the underweight category (I don’t know your age and am assuming you’re over the age of 20 – there are different BMI charts if you are under 20 and your results would be very different – this calculator is also calibrated for adults). So it’s worth having your body composition measured.
      Research suggests that it is better to weigh a little more – if you can – and you could do that by gaining muscle. Studies show that people who are underweight are at higher risk of things like osteoporosis/ fractures, even if they are young. The thinner you are, the lower your bone density is likely to be. Also, body fat is important because it helps produce estrogen, which is necessary for healthy bones. If you have low levels of estrogen you are at increased risk of having porous and brittle bones. What’s more, for bones to become and remain strong they need weight. Which is why adding muscle or doing weight-bearing exercises, such as running and jumping are important if you are naturally skinny. Hope this helps!

    • On the other hand, I am 5′ 2″, weighing 125 with a small frame, and have rarely been more fit or eating better, as I’m running my first marathon in a few days. Based on my weight history and my current level of fitness, I know this is a great weight for me, and I certainly look better than I did 10 pounds ago.
      So it really does depend on the person!

    • same! I’m 110 pounds and 5’2 with a ‘large frame” and I wanna get down to 95 and apparently I’m supposed to be 128 minimum?! No way, I’d look super chubby

    • I am 5 feet 3 inches and I have a small body frame. It says I should weigh between 111-124, and I weigh just over 111 pounds. In my opinion, I am most definitely far from obese, in fact I’m quite lean, and I’m actually at my ideal weight. Our bodies are probably (almost definitely) built differently, but weighing 111-124 pounds does not mean you are/look obese.

  10. This site you provide is awesome. This has helped me with my weight. I have lost 24 pounds in the past year. Keep the great work up.

    Dan

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