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Ideal Weight Calculator: What is a Healthy Weight for You?

The first step in any weight loss plan is setting a realistic goal for yourself, but what if you don't know what a person your size is supposed to weigh?

Instead of suggesting a single weight, this ideal weight calculator gives you a healthy weight range that is based on your body type.

Your Physical Profile

Unit of Measure:  
Quick Facts About Your Ideal Weight:
  • There are a lot of formulas (and reference tables) for calculating your ideal weight, but many are old and none of them are perfect. Use common sense when deciding a healthy weight range for you.
  • This tool uses an Ideal Weight formula created by Dr. G.J. Hamwi that first appeared in a book by the American Diabetes Association in 1964. It's still considered to be a good starting point for determining a healthy weight.

Results: Your Ideal Weight Range

Enter your profile information and click Calculate to see results.

Sources and Resources:

  • Hamwi GJ. "Therapy:Changing dietary concepts". In: "Diabetes Mellitus: Diagnosis and Treatment", Vol 1, pp73-8. American Diabetes Association, New York. 1964.
  • Aim for a Healthy Weight from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • Also try this ideal weight calculator at halls.md
  • "Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition, and Human Performance" by McArdle, Katch, and Katch.
  • "Fitness and Health" by Brain Sharkey
  • "Principles & Labs for Physical Fitness and Wellness" by Hoeger and Hoeger
  • "Fit and Well" by Fahey, Insel, and Roth


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