Your Ideal Weight Isn't What You Think It Is

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The best advice you'll ever hear in regard to weight management is throw away your scale. The focus, or obsession, on weight is the very reason why most people fail. It's misguided and dangerous. The focus on weight began back in the 1950's when the definition of appropriate weight was simple. Your weight was compared against the ideal weight tables developed by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

That insurance company designed a height weight chart based upon the average American citizen. If your actual weight was 20 percent or more above the table weight, then you were considered obese. If it was 10 percent under, you were underweight. Today, however, the term ideal weight is irrelevant.

The original weight table standards were designed for insurance purposes, not as guides for nutrition and fitness. These tables never considered body composition. In other words, they make no distinction between lean body weight and fat body weight. Most world-class bodybuilders (usually less than 8 percent body-fat) would be categorized as obese by the original weight tables.