Did you know that your ideal body weight depends on what type of body frame you have?
Two people who are 5 feet (1.52 meters) tall do not need to weigh the same weight to be considered healthy. There is a wide range.
Ideal healthy weight all depends on your body composition, body shape, and frame size.
So, let’s take a look at how to figure out what type of body frame you have!
Bend your elbow 90 degrees. You want to take the measurement of the width of the widest part of the bone at your elbow. Simply use your middle finger and thumb to get an estimate, and then check this estimate with a ruler/measuring tape. Check the chart below.
Use a measuring tape to measure the circumference of your wrist (the smallest part just above the bone). Then, check the chart below.
This is less accurate. Wrap your thumb and middle finger around the smallest part of your wrist. If they overlap, you are small framed. If they touch, you are medium framed. If you can barely get them to touch or they are not touching, you have a large frame.
I recommend doing a combination of these measurements get a better idea of your frame size.
In general, you can use this calculation to determine an ideal body range:
Start with 100 pounds for 5 feet tall. Add 5 pounds for every inch over 5 feet that you are. With this number you can subtract 10% for small frames, and add 10% for large frames.
Start with 106 pounds for 5 feet tall. Add 6 pounds for every inch over 5 feet that you are. With this number you can subtract 10% for small frames, and add 10% for large frames.
Or, check out this easy to read chart from ygraph once you know your frame size.
Overall, use your judgment when it comes to your weight. At the end of the day, the number doesn’t matter. What matters is where you feel healthy at.
Do you know your frame size?