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When making any kind of big decision, it’s always good to preserve the sense of purpose and have a specific final goal; otherwise, when reaching that goal gets tougher, one might forget why they made such a decision in the first place.

Losing weight and striving for an ideal weight may seem like the thing that wouldn’t exactly fit into the category of such big decisions, but the discipline and dedication it requires would beg to differ. The final goal, when it comes to this kind of decision, would be to set a desired weight to reach.

The way people decided on the ideal weight in the past

The interesting thing is that people did not always have the ideal weight standard. Up until a point, the weight that was considered desirable for them was the weight that was healthy and that carried the lowest risk of dangerous diseases and death with itself. But somehow, the desirable weight gradually became the model that everyone was striving for.

One of the first methods of calculating the ideal weight was based on looking into the weight of women whose medical history illustrates the fact that the risk of death is lowest for them. One of the drawbacks of this method was the fact that the women with lowest possibility of dying are young women in their twenties. And it was in no way fair to compare the general health and the weight of a woman in her twenties to, for example, the general health and weight of a woman in her fifties.

It is only natural that an older woman will not be as healthy as a young one, because her body goes through changes, one of which is gradually gaining weight with years. Another thing that is perfectly natural is that the risk of death is higher for a middle-aged person than a young one. This method was known as the Height and Weight Tables.

The method of determining the ideal weight today

The method of determining the ideal weight nowadays is very essentially different from Height and Weight Tables. This method, called BMI, is based on the claim that every individual has his own ideal weight that depends solely on his height. The way to calculate this ideal weight is by dividing the weight by squared height.

However, although this method is advanced when compared to the previously mentioned one, it still isn’t ideal. After reaching the weight that this method has recommended for them, some people have had to deal with health issues because what BMI does not do is check the balance of nutrients in the organism, which is to say if the weight people are losing is only the fat or something that they actually require for a healthy immunity.

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