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Ideal body weight is calculated to help determine an appropriate weight for height or to determine a long term weight loss goal. When estimating an Ideal Body Weight or Goal Weight for overweight and obese clients we recommend that you use the ‘Adjusted Ideal Body Weight’ calculation. This equation allows for 25% of excess metabolically active body weight (lean muscle mass), giving you a more appropriate estimate of an Ideal Body Weight for that individual. Just aiming for the healthy weight range for height or a BMI of 25 may not be appropriate or realistic for all patients.

It is also important to remember that even a 5-10% weight loss can result in significant reductions in co-morbidities. Therefore even though you may be working to a long term weight loss goal, small incremental weight losses can result in large health benefits.

The equation for calculating Adjusted Ideal Body Weight is;
Adj IBW = [(Actual Body Weight –IBW) x 0.25] + IBW Where IBW = Weight at BMI 25

The table below allows you to work out what the IBW at a BMI of 25 is for your patient’s height

IDEAL BODY WEIGHT


What is your Weight?
Kgs
What is your Height?
Cms
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Height in cm
Ideal Weight Range
Weight at a BMI of 25
140
39-49
49.00
142
40-50
50.00
144
41-52
52.00
146
43-53
53.00
148
44-55
55.00
150
45-56
56.00
152
56-58
58.00
154
47-59
59.00
156
49-61
61.00
158
50-62
62.00
160
51-64
64.00
162
52-66
66.00
164
54-67
67.00
166
55-69
69.00
168
56-71
71.00
170
58-72
72.00
172
59-74
74.00
174
61-76
76.00
176
62-77
77.00
178
63-79
79.00
180
65-81
81.00
182
66-83
83.00
184
68-85
85.00
186
69-86
86.00
188
71-88
88.00
190
72-90
90.00
192
74-92
92.00
194
75-94
94.00
196
77-96
96.00
198
78-98
98.00
200
80-100
100.00

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