Ideal Weight

If you’re trying to lose weight, you probably have a goal weight in mind. I know I did when my weight loss plateaued after my second daughter was born. After months without the scale budging, I finally accepted that, “This is the size I am now,” and donated all my slim, sexy clothes to charity. Then, I eliminated meat, dairy and eggs. Now, 5 months later and 20 lbs lighter, I am kicking myself! I not only would have fit in all those clothes, I would have rocked them! As light as I feel I am now, though, I am still not to my “ideal” weight according to this Dr. Fuhrman “Eat to Live” formula:

  • For men: 105 lb for the first 5 ft; 5 lb for each inch over 5 ft

  • For women: 95 lb for the first 5 ft; 4 lb for each inch over 5 ft

If you calculate your “ideal” weight using this formula, I think you’ll be as surprised as I was. Mine was about 10 lbs lower than my goal weight. I am certain it’s a cultural thing–I highly doubt someone in Southeast Asia would be surprised. It makes sense, though. People who are thin for the right reasons suffer far less health woes than their bigger counterparts.

Embrace the ideal!

7 Responses to “Ideal Weight”

  1. Kee says:

    Having worked in nursing we always use body mass index and body surface area calculations, this gives you a range. Here is a calculator:

  2. Tiffany says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about this calculator. I agree that I should be around 139 – since I am 5’11 and still have lots of pudge I could lose from my current 146. But it says my hubby who is 5’10 should be 155 – no thanks! I don’t want him to look emaciated!
    … you can’t factor out build, muscle, etc. and just go by pure “this is what the scale should say”.

    I’m sure you look as awesome as you always did as a YSA 🙂

  3. The bottom line is that EVERYONE’S ideal build is lean and thin, for maximum health and longevity. Studies have shown that a higher BMI, regardless of whether it’s due to fat or muscle, means a lower life expectancy. It’s one of the reasons my husband has decided to give up the Muscle Milk and hard-core hypertrophy weight-lifting he once did in favor of training for a leaner physique. A man can still be “ripped” without being bulky.

  4. Michelle Miller says:

    Um… It says my goal weight is 119… I had NO energy and didn’t have a period when I was 119 lbs. I have a medium build and found that 125-130lb is what works for me and it’s STILL on the low end of the healthy BMI chart.

  5. Robin says:

    Many tell me it’s crazy and I’ll be too thin, but I agree with his formula totally. I was the weight it said for me my first year in college. I was thin, toned, and felt so good. My 6’1″ husband looked great at 180, but this says a little lower. We’ll see. We’re letting it fall off naturally with Eat to Live, so if it’s meant to get that low it will. There will always be nay-sayers. Some are scared, some are envious, and most just can’t accept that most everybody is carrying around extra weight.

  6. Jan says:

    I know how you feel, Michelle. I have been on every diet known to humankind, and the thing I was always afraid of was getting weak and tired and grouchy! I experimented with low-carb, eating 6 small meals a day, even keto, and all seemed to help at first. But then I would start feeling bad again. I was certain I had hypoglemia but tests never confirmed it. Finally… I found out from Dr. Fuhrman the reason I thought I had hypoglycemia: I wasn’t eating a nutrient-rich diet! I would feel better for a little while after I had some food, but Dr. F says you shouldn’t have to keep eating food in order to feel better. I’ve been on his Nutritarian diet, 100 %, for a month and a half and I feel GOOD! No hypoglycemic symptoms, I can even skip a meal and not feel bad (unheard of!) I have good energy, and I imagine it will get even better when I’ve been on the diet longer. I’ve lost 8 pounds, and I bet I’ll have no trouble getting down to the 121 Dr F says I should weigh (that’s what I weighed in colle, by the way). Michelle, I don’t mean to dismiss your fears, and I know people are different, but I just had to say what is working for ME. Good luck to you!

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