BMI (Body Mass Index) is the best way of calculating your extra kilos and setting your ideal weight goal.
BMI is the ratio between your height and weight which is calculated as follows : your weight in kilos is divided by the square root of your height in meters, BMI = KG / M^2. Work out your BMI :
An acceptable BMI is somewhere between 18.5 and 25. A woman would ideally aim for a BMI of around 18.5, a man one of around 25, the difference being due to muscle weight, which is generally higher in men.
Below are different interpretations of BMI established by the World Health Organisation :
|less than 16,5||Malnourished or Anorexic|
|16,5 to 18,5||Thin|
|18,5 to 25||Normal|
|25 to 30||Overweight|
|30 to 35||Moderately Obese|
|35 to 40||Severely Obese|
|more than 40||Morbidly Obese|
The Nifty Plate calculates your portion sizes in order to help you reach a BMI of 20 for a woman and 24 for a man. Calculate your ideal weight :
Having said that, BMI is just an indication, and there are many reasons why you might want to stop losing weight before getting to your ideal BMI. These could be because you have a lot of muscle weight or are pregnant, or perhaps, by choice, because you think losing too much weight could be ageing.