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Ideal Body Weight for MEN

What is the Ideal Body Weight for Men
Your total daily calorie needs are the calories required to MAINTAIN your weight. In order to LOSE weight, you need to reduce your calorie intake. In order to GAIN weight you need to increase your calorie intake. One pound of weight is equal to 3,500 calories.
Thus, in order to lose one pound of weight, per week, you should either consume 3,500 fewer calories, or consume 1,500 fewer calories while burning an extra 2,000 calories in extra exercise. To gain one pound of weight, increase your calorie intake by 3,500 calories etc.

Really there is no such thing as an ideal weight for men. At best there is only a healthy weight range. According to doctors the healthy weight range for men is a Body Mass Index of between 19 and 24.9. With a larger frame and greater muscle-fat ratio, you should be in the upper part of the weight range. (See Fig 1. below).

Ideal Weight for Men - Body Mass Index Gender Problem

The Body Mass Index does not distinguish between men and women. An alternative method of calculating an ideal/ healthy weight for men is to base it on fat percentage. The University of Wisconsin Medical School has developed an ideal weight chart which reflects a healthy body-fat percentage. (See Fig 2. below).

Ideal Weight = Healthy Weight Range = BMI 19-24.9
Fig 1. Weight Range - BMI 19-24.9

Height
( ft / inches )
Weight Range
( Pounds )
5' 0"
97-127
5' 1"
100-132
5' 2"
103-136
5' 3"
107-140
5' 4"
110-145
5' 5"
113-149
5' 6"
117-154
5' 7"
121-159
5' 8"
124-164
5' 9"
128-168
5' 10"
132-173
5' 11"
135-178
6' 0"
139-183
6' 1"
143-189
6' 2"
147-194
6' 3"
151-199
6' 4"
155-204

Ideal Weight for Men Based on Body-Fat Percent
Fig 2. Ideal Weight for Men

Height
( ft / inches )
Weight Range
( Pounds )
5' 0"
106
5' 1"
112
5' 2"
118
5' 3"
124
5' 4"
130
5' 5"
136
5' 6"
142
5' 7"
148
5' 8"
154
5' 9"
160
5' 10"
166
5' 11"
172
6' 0"
178
6' 1"
184
6' 2"
190
6' 3"
196
6' 4"
202

A Note on Ideal Weight and Body-Fat Percent
An accurate measurement of your body-fat percent can be performed by underwater weighing, skin-fold calliper, or bioelectrical impedance. Meanwhile, here are some guidelines.

Fig 3. Guidelines for Percent Body Fat

 
Men
Normal
10-20 percent
Overweight
20.1-24.9 percent
Obese
Over 25 percent

Weight Unit Conversion Calculator
Here is a useful link to a page that will allow you to convert weights into different types i.e. pounds to stones:

http://gocanada.about.com/library/nmetric.htm


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