Many Americans are obsessed with the composition of their bodies, and with good reason – how much we weigh is of critical importance to our health.
According to the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, being overweight is one of the most common indicators of heart disease.
Obesity is a prevalent issue in America – although a great deal of the problem lies within our diet, most people just simply don’t know what their healthy weights should be.
So, let’s talk about what the healthiest weights should be, assuming a medium/average frame on every person living a basic active lifestyle. If you are a bodybuilder, for example, the following numbers may not make the most sense for you.
(DISCLAIMER: ALWAYS CONSULT A DOCTOR BEFORE ENGAGING IN ANY WEIGHT LOSS OR GAIN PROGRAM. WEIGHTS AND CALORIE INTAKES DISCUSSED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE SIMPLY THE OPINION OF THE AUTHOR AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED MEDICAL ADVICE).
10. 4’10’’ – 4’11’’: 120 pounds man, 110 pounds woman
At just below five feet, the general weight range for women and men should be 105 – 130 or so pounds.
To maintain this weight, you would have to consume approximately 1,600 calories per day.
In terms of a daily meal, 1,600 calories equals a bowl of milk with cereal, a box of strawberries, a medium steak and cheese sandwich, and 3-4 servings of non-starchy vegetables.
9. 5’0’’ – 5’1’’: 125 pounds man, 115 pounds woman
Once you break the five foot barrier, the general weight range for men and women should be between 110 and 135 pounds. A large and/or muscular frame could potentially require more weight beyond this range.
To maintain this weight, you would have to consume approximately 1,660 calories per day.
The daily meal would be similar to that described in item number 10, with perhaps an extra serving of fruit, lean meat, nuts, seeds, or grains.
8. 5’2’’ – 5’3’’: 127 pounds man, 120 pounds woman
Getting further into the five foot range, the ideal weight for men and women should be between 115 and 140 pounds. If you have a smaller frame, you may need to weigh less than this number.
To maintain your ideal weight range at this height, you would have to eat approximately 1,700 – 1,750 calories a day.
Of course, keep in mind that everyone’s metabolic rate is unique, and your caloric intake needs may be quite different than that of someone else with your same height and weight.