How to Use the Weight Chart?

November 12, 2012

How to Use the Weight Chart?

In order to help you reach your weight loss goals, you first need a specific weight to aim for. Do not try to look like celebrities or supermodels because sometimes they are too thin to remain healthy. Ideally, you should ask your doctor what your healthy body weight should be. But you can also use the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) Height/Weight chart to help you determine your ideal weight.

NHS height and weight charts compare what you should weigh and how tall you are. Charts are for men and women over 18 who have stopped growing. Charts for children are more complex because they are still growing. A doctor or pediatrician should determine a child’s ideal body weight.

Metric Verses Imperial

Some NHS height/weight chart available online uses the metric system, also some versions will use both metric and imperial. If you are unfamiliar with the metric system, get an online metric to imperial converter calculator or get ready to do some calculations based on these formulas:

1 kilogram = 2.20 pounds

1 meter = 3.28 feet

The weight chart also lists people’s weight in stones. For those unfamiliar with the British term stones, here’s a definition:

1 stone = 14 pounds or 6.35 kilograms.

If your scale only displays pounds but not kilograms, be sure to convert your weight into stones before using the NHS height/weight chart. Divide your weight in pounds by 14 or

Your weight in pounds/ 14 = Your weight in stones.

Find Your Height

First you need to know how tall you are. When you have measured yourself, look at the chart. Look for your height in feet and meters on the vertical lines of the chart (or lines that run from the top to the bottom of the computer screen.) Imperial (feet and inches) will be on the left and metric (meters and centimeters) will be on the right.

For example, say your height is 5 foot 10 inches and you weigh 12 stones. You go up the right side of the chart until you reach the 5’10″ line. You now look at the bottom of the chart to find your weight in stones (or the top of the chart to find your weight in kilograms.) To help find your place, each section of the inside of the chart is color-coded. For a 5’10″ adult weighing 12 stone, you will find your weight in orange. Unfortunately, orange means that you are obese and you need to lose weight unless you are rippling with muscles. Muscles weigh more than fat.

Color Codes

Color on the NHS weight chart goes from white (underweight) to red (very obese.) White is on the extreme left and red is on the extreme right. The goal is to hit the bright yellow area which is an ideal weight range. Next to it is a tan area marking the overweight range, and then next to is the previously mentioned orange obese range. Finally, at the extreme right is the dreaded red danger zone of very obese.

Discuss your findings with your doctor to help you determine exactly how much weight you need to lose and how to best decrease your calorie intake and increase your amount of exercise.

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