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Ideal Weight

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Everyone has at some moment tried to lose weight, or has known someone who has. It is mostly due to the idea about the notion of an “ideal” body weight, which is often based upon the messages we get from diverse media like television, social media magazines, films, and more.

While the ideal body mass (IBW) nowadays is often dependent on the perceived appeal of a visual, IBW was actually introduced to calculate dosages that could be used for medical purposes, and the formulas used to determine it aren’t directly related to the way one looks at a particular weight.

It’s been discovered that the metabolic rate of some drugs is more dependent on IBW rather than the total weight of a person. Nowadays, IBW is also used in sports as the majority of sports categorize athletes according to their body weight.

Be aware that IBW is not an exact measurement. It doesn’t take into account the percent of body fat or muscles within a body. It is possible for extremely fit and healthy athletes to be overweight, based on their IBW.

This is the reason IBW is to be viewed in the context that it is a flawed measurement and is not necessarily indicative of health, nor the weight that an individual must strive for but it is still possible to be either over or below the threshold of your “IBW” and be perfectly healthy.

The amount a person needs to weigh isn’t a precise science. It’s highly dependent on the person. There is no scale, be it IBW or BMI, body mass index (BMI), or another measure that will definitively tell the amount a person must weigh in order to be healthy.

These are just references, and it’s much more crucial to make healthier lifestyle choices, such as regular exercising, eating a range of healthy, unprocessed food items as well as getting enough sleep, etc. rather than trying to achieve the weight of a certain amount based on the general formula.

In reality, a variety of aspects can influence the ideal weight. The principal ones are as follows. Other factors include health issues such as fat distribution, progeny, etc.

Age

In the theory of things the concept of age should not be the primary determinant for the IBW beyond 14-15 for girls, and 16-17 for males, at which point most people cease to grow. It is normal for males and females will shed 1.5 to 2 inches of height by the age of 70.

It is essential to be aware that as you age, the number of lean muscles shrinks and it becomes easier to build up body fat. It is an inevitable thing, however, it is possible to slow the age-related effects by adopting various practices like keeping track of exercise, diet as well as stress levels, and rest.

Gender

In general, females are lighter than males, even though they naturally have more body fat. This is due to males having greater muscle mass, and muscle weighs more than fat. In addition, women tend to have smaller bone density. Not to mention men tend to be larger than females.

Height

The higher the height of a person will be, the greater body fat and muscle mass they’ve got, which results in greater weight. A male of similar size to a female would be 10-20% heavier.

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