At first, we decide to gain/lose weight, we will have a few goals in mind. It may be something like to fit better in clothes, to have some beautiful curves, to have a healthy lifestyle etc. But in both of the case, it is important that you decide a target weight, over the time bar you (might) have in mind. It is important to make sure that the target weight is your ideal body weight. Because you do not have to take the risk of being becoming obese and then tiring to lose weight again!
How Can I determine My Ideal Weight?
When I decided to gain weight, the first thing that popped up in my mind was like how many pounds more? The only measure I was aware of was the BMI i.e., body mass index so I decided to check it. But that was when I knew that there was one more measure that I could check out to find out my ideal weight and that was BMR.
The Importance of Deciding the Ideal Body Weight:-
In case if you are wondering why do we have to spend so much of time in thinking about the ideal weight. First of all, you know that is not that easy. Secondly, if you start eating without any acknowledgments you might probably over weigh later! (I have heard of plenty of such people who were once a skinny but now trying hard to lose weight) Never let that happen to you.
It is a measure that helps you to determine yourself which category does you falls in with your current body weight. To know the value, you can give your height, weight, age, and gender to the BMI calculator, and it tells you if are currently underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. With no surprise, came my result that I am “underweight”. Yes, I knew it well before: P I just confirmed you see… : P
Next measure is BMR i.e. Basal Metabolic Rate.
It is based on the concept that our body needs calories (read energy) even when we take rest. When you give the details you get the calories you burn when you are resting. If you consume the same amount of calories represented by your BMR, you maintain your current weight. If you consume less, you will lose your weight. I have felt that it is a good idea to know this rate because you get a rough figure of calories that you have to consume for a single day.