Ideal Weight Calculator

Free BMI Calculator to Determine Your Ideal Weight

It is a good idea to determine what your ideal weight should be before you begin changing anything in your body.

Historically women always wanted to weight less that they did and men wanted to appear heavier than they were. But right now many people started to realize that being healthy is by far more important than all those crazy ‘beauty tricks’.

Beauty Canons Are Not Ideal

ideal weight calculator

Have you ever heard of 36-24-36 (or 90-60-90) chest-waist-hips measurements? It represents the manifestation of an ideal beauty standard - a paradigm that was born in the mid 50’s and still is a prescription of a perfect female body.

Well a friend of mine who is 5’11” tall would probably look hideous with such proportions. Thankfully she knows better. But many women try to reach this size no matter what their height or body constitution is.

I put this example here for you to realize that your health should be a key factor in determining your optimal weight. Do not set yourself unrealistic goals – you will look beautiful only if you are healthy.

Plum radiant skin, silky and shiny hair and a smile on your face is what makes you beautiful, and not those numbers on your scale or measuring tape. Same of course applies to men. Normal and natural looking body is the most attractive to everyone. And all that comes with a healthy lifestyle ‘package’.

Remember that being healthy will make you feel satisfied with your life better than any beauty canons.

But of course determining your optimal weight range will not hurt you. On the contrary, it will give you a good estimate of how much you should weight in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Body Mass Index Calculator

You have probably already heard of Body Mass Index - a formula that calculates your ideal weight. Here is the formula in metric and English units:


And here is how to interpret the results:

BMI Range

Result Category

Less than 16.5

Severely underweight

16.5 -18.5


18.5 - 24.9


25 – 29.9


30 and up


Free BMI Calculator

You can also use the following ideal weight calculator that will do all the calculations for you:


And to find your BMI range use the table below:


Ideal Weight

4'6" 77- 103 lbs
4'7" 79 - 107 lbs
4'8" 82 - 111 lbs
4'9" 86 - 115 lbs
4'10" 88 - 119 lbs
4'11" 91 - 123 lbs
5'0" 94 - 127 lbs
5'1" 98 - 132 lbs
5'2" 101 - 136 lbs
5'3" 104 - 140 lbs
5'4" 107 - 145 lbs
5'5" 111 - 148 lbs
5'6" 114 - 154 lbs
5'7" 118 - 159 lbs
5'8" 122 - 164 lbs
5'9" 125 - 168 lbs
5'10" 128 - 173 lbs
5'11" 132 - 178 lbs
6'0" 136 - 183lbs
6'1" 140 - 189 lbs
6'2" 144 - 194 lbs
6'3" 148 - 199 lbs
6'4" 152 - 204 lbs
6'5" 156 - 210 lbs
6'6" 160 - 215 lbs
6'7" 164 - 221 lbs
6'8" 168 - 227 lbs
6'9" 173 - 232 lbs
6'10" 177 - 238 lbs
6'11" 181 - 244 lbs


For instance, I am 5’8” tall so my ideal weight range is between 122 and 164. In other words I have 42 pound to spare! I personally think that this is a bit too inaccurate because there is a huge difference between those two end-numbers.

So while it still is enlightening to know what your BMI is, I suggest using the following technique:

Ideal Body Weight Calculator

There are three easy steps you need to take to determine your ideal body weight.

Step 1 – Calculate Your Ideal Weight

One of the easiest and most accurate, in my opinion, is the following Paul Broca method (it is calculated in metric units, so if you need help converting go here):


Height less than 165 cm : Height (cm) – 100 = Your Ideal Weight

Height between 166 and 175: Height (cm) – 105 = Your Ideal Weight

Height more than 176: Height (cm) – 110 = Your Ideal Weight


Obviously, this method will give you rough estimates too, but they will be closer to what you should be aiming at. To get more exact numbers we need to take our body type (frame) into consideration.

Step 2 – Determine Your Body Type

Here are the three body types:

To learn what is your body type measure around your wrist. Here are the results:

For women:

For men:

Step 3 – Adjust Your Ideal Weight To Your Body Type

After you determined what your body type is, you have to adjust your ideal body weight accordingly. If you are small boned subtract 10% from your actual body weight, if you are medium boned do not change anything, and if you are large boned add 10%.

Here is an example: my height is 174cm.

Hence, my adjusted ideal body weight is 62.1 kg or 137 pounds.

Go ahead and do your calculations now using my formula. Hope my ideal weight calculator helps. :)

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