Ideal or Healthy Weight Calculator

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Helps you to determine your ideal weight and estimates how many pounds or kilograms you need to gain or lose to achieve it.

This online healthy weight calculator will help you to calculate the ideal amount you should weigh based on your height and body-frame type.

Plus, it will also tell you how many pounds or kilograms you will need to lose or gain in order to achieve that ideal.

The calculations used in this calculator are based on the Hamwi Method, a formula developed by Dr. G.J. Hamwi.

What sets this formula apart from other similar formulas (Robinson Formula, Miller Formula, etc.) is that the Hamwi Method accounts for differences in body frames (small, medium and large). Designed for adults at least 5 feet tall.

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So with that, let's use the online healthy weight calculator to calculate how many pounds or kilograms you should ideally weigh.

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Instructions: Choose Standard or Metric, choose your gender, enter your height and how much you currently weigh, then click the "Calculate Ideal Weight" button.

Mouse over the blue question marks for a further explanation of each entry field. More in-depth explanations can be found in the glossary of terms located beneath the Healthy Weight Calculator.

Help for online healthy weight calculator: measurement Measurement preference:
Help for online healthy weight calculator: gender Gender:
Help for online healthy weight calculator: frame Body frame:
Help for online healthy weight calculator: height Your height in inches (ft. in.):
Help for online healthy weight calculator: weight How much you weigh in pounds:
Healthy weight in pounds:
Pounds needed to lose to achieve healthy weight:

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Healthy Weight (HW): An estimate of ideal amount you should weigh based any one of many different methods available. No single calculator is capable of determining your exact "ideal," as none can account for your unique fat proportion, bone density, or muscle mass. However, just having an estimated target is better than having no goal at all. As long as you don't go below the safe level of calories per day (1,000-1,200 for women, 1,300-1,500 for men), common sense and a mirror will tell you when you've reached your own unique HW.

Ideal Body Weight Calculation: The formula used in the this page's calculation is based on the Hamwi Method, listed below:

  • Men, Medium Frame: 106 pounds for first 5 feet of height, plus 6 pounds for each inch over 5 feet. Add 10% for a large frame and deduct 10% of a small frame.
  • Women, Medium Frame: 100 pounds for first 5 feet of height, plus 5 pounds for each inch over 5 feet. Add 10% for a large frame and deduct 10% of a small frame.

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