Where are you on the female weight height scale? Surprisingly, there is no consensus on a perfect weight for height for women and men. There are other factors however, which can help you assess whether you are at a healthy size. Let us look at the three most important factors for determining your ideal size: waist size, waist-to-hip ratio, and BMI.
Waist Size And Why It Matters
Believe it or not, one of the most important components of being healthy is having a waist size that is in proportion to your height. Ideally, your waist size (in inches) should equal half of your height (in inches). To give an example: if you are 5′ 6″, that is the same as 66 inches. Half of 66 is 33, so your ideal waist size would be 33 inches or less. If you store the majority of your fat in your mid-section rather than in your hips and buttocks, your cells are probably resistant to insulin. Insulin resistance increases your risk of heart attacks, diabetes, strokes and high blood pressure. Abdominal fat is a concern because belly fat causes excess fat storage in your liver, which interferes with the removal of insulin from your bloodstream.
How To Measure Your Waistline
Use a soft tape measure to determine your waist size. Place the tape measure around your waist right at the belly button. It’s ok to suck in while measuring so that the muscle (which we do not want to measure) is out of the way.
Look At Your Hip To Waist Ratio
In addition to measuring your waist, now measure your hips. Your waist measurement should be smaller than the hips and thighs. Note that each two inch increase in waist circumference increases your risk of death by 13 percent in women and 17 percent in men!
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body Mass Index, otherwise known as BMI is a great way to determine whether you are fit. BMI is simply a measure of body fat that is based on weight and height. By calculating your BMI, you will get a number which tells you which category you are in. A good BMI calculator to try is one on the National Institutes of Health website. The BMI categories are as follows:
- Underweight = less than 18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5 to 24.9
- Overweight = 25 to 29.9
- Obese = 30 or greater
What If You Need To Lose Weight?
If you found that you need to drop a few extra pounds, there is a lot you can do! With a commitment to change your lifestyle, you can easily put yourself back on track to health and fitness. Choose a diet and exercise plan that is right for you. With so many to choose from, it can be confusing but it doesn’t have to be. A good program should include the basics like well-balanced meals, portion control, an exercise regimen and adequate water intake. The best plan will be one that fits in seamlessly into your schedule and routine. The easier it is for you to follow, the more success you will have.