Healthy Weight Calculator
Healthy weight range for the height is 125lbs - 169lbs
Why A Healthy Weight Is Important
Getting to a healthy weight and staying there is an important way to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancers, high blood pressure, gallstones, and breathing problems.
It's not important just to be very thin. Being too thin can also be dangerous for your health. The healthiest approach is to have the weight that is appropriate to your size and body build.
Maintaining your healthy weight also helps you to feel good about yourself and gives you greater energy. When you are at your healthy weight, you will find that emotional stability is easier to maintain as well.
How to Maintain Your Healthy Weight
Energy balance is important for maintaining a healthy weight. The amount of energy or calories you get from food and drinks is balanced with the energy your body uses for things like breathing, digesting, and being physically active.
The important thing is balance: The same amount of energy in and energy out over time, then your weight stays stable.
To maintain this balance, you may have to change your habits, replacing old, unhealthy ones with new, healthy behavior. Diets don't work in the short-term. You may lose weight for a time, but you are likely to gain it back once the diet ends. Long-term changes in behavior work better.
Regular exercise is most important, but even simple activities can constitute ways to get energy out. Walking the family dog, cycling to school, climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator, all of these simple activities increase your daily level of energy use and can make a difference.
If you feel the need to burn more calories, work to build muscles. Muscles burn calories even when you aren't exercising.
Bad Habits to Change
One bad habit that many of us share today is that of spending too much time in front of a screen ‐ whether it's a computer screen, a television screen, or just the screen on your mobile phone.
Reducing screen time is a sure way to burn more calories. We all spend time in front of the screen for work, information, or entertainment, but it is possible to reduce screen time for recreational purposes. Take a close look at what you do on your computer or video game box and how long you spend at it just for fun, updating your Facebook, replying to email. Needless to say, snacking while watching the screen is a very likely way to gain weight.
Make sure the size of portions at your meals is not too big. You can eat healthy foods, but if you eat too much of them, the chances of gaining weight are considerable. Restaurants tend to provide large portions, in an effort to please clients, but, when you're at a restaurant, you can still leave some food behind (or take home a doggy bag).
It's now believed healthy to eat five different fruits and vegetables every day. Certainly, this will bring you vitamins and minerals that are good for you, but fruit and vegetables are filled with fiber, that fill you up without adding calories. This will keep you from eating rich foods that do add calories, if you can make a regular habit of it.
Do try not to skip breakfast. Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, burning calories from the get-go and giving you energy to do more during the day. People who skip breakfast often feel so hungry that they eat more later on. So they get more calories than they would have if they ate breakfast. In fact, statistics show that people who skip breakfast have a greater tendency to become overweight than those who eat it every day.
Diet and exercise may not be enough to help some people lose weight, as genes may play a role, according to new research. The genetic aspect may also explain why some people have trouble keeping weight off once they're done dieting.
But a direct genetic propensity to gain weight is quite rare, according to specialists. Most people gain weight from eating too much and exercising too little, habits which we all may have learned from their parents.
Many experts believe that societal action would help us all to keep a healthy weight. The experts cite measures they would like to see implemented. These include removing junk food ads, taxing high-calorie foods and banning sugary drinks in school canteens.