Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Find Your Maximum Weight Limit Without Charts, Calculators

(ScienceDaily Summary)

Ever wondered what the ideal weight for your height is? If you have, then, like most people, you've probably consulted your trusty BMI chart or calculator. All you need to do is multiply your weight in pounds by 703, and then divide that number by your height in inches squared. Easy peasy, right? Yeah - admittedly it's not the easiest calculation to work with, and even with handy online calculators, you're only given a 'range' in which you would be considered healthy...but what does it really mean?

BMI, or body mass index, has long been the gold standard for determining whether an individual is in the 'healthy' range for their height. The problem with this formula, however, is that with ranges come discrepancies and confusion about the 'right' weight to be for optimal health. That's why Professor George Fernandez of the Center for Research Design and Analysis at the University of Nevada has come up with a much easier and simpler system that might eventually replace BMI.

According to Fernandez, we should be able to know what our Maximum weight limit is and stay below it, just like a speed limit, and not dabble about in some 'range' of weights. All you need to do is remember these baseline numbers and the rest is simple. For men, the baseline is 5-feet, 9-inches tall and the Maximum Weight Limit is 175 pounds. For a woman, the baseline is 5-feet tall with a Maximum Weight Limit of 125 pounds. From there, you add or subtract 5 pounds for every inch taller or shorter (respectively) you are than the baseline height. So, for a woman standing at 5'8'', her MWL would be 8x5lbs more than 125 lbs, or 165lbs, which matches up on the BMI chart. With a much simpler formula and easy reference numbers to remember, MWL seems like just the thing we've been waiting for to help with health and weight loss goals.

Read more about MWL in the article called "New Way To Calculate Body's 'Maximum Weight Limit" from ScienceDaily (Sept 21, 2009).