A person can maintain his **ideal body weight** by calculating his **BMI**, i.e. body mass index. **Body mass index** is a number calculated from a person's weight and height.The formula for calculating BMI is as follows:

BMI= weight in kilograms/ height in meters

**BMI Weight Status**

If your BMI is below 18.5 it means you are **Underweight**

If your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9 it means you are **Normal**

If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9 it means you are **Overweight**

If your BMI is 30 and above it means you are **Obese**

Now there is another term called **basal energy expenditure** or **BEE** it is nothing but the amount of energy required to maintain the body's normal metabolic activity like respiration, maintenance of body temperature, etc.

Male: BEE = 66.67 + 13.75W + 5H - 6.76A.

Female: BEE = 665.1 + 9.56W +1.85H -4.68A.

Where H= height in centimeters, W= weight in kg, A= age in years.

**Steps to calculate ideal weight**

1. Compute BEE. This gives the number of calories required by a person in the resting state.

2. Multiply BEE by 1.2 to determine number of calories used during daily activity.

3. Subtract 500 from the value calculated from step 2 to determine kilocalorie requirement for weight loss.

4. Add 500 from the value calculated from step 2 to determine kilocalorie requirement for weight gain.

This will help you to maintain your ideal weight.

### Calculate and maintain your ideal body weight

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Mangala Elumalai

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