Ideal Body Weight Calculator
Do you know what your ideal body weight is for a person of your height, frame size, and gender?
Use this friendly calculator to figure out what your optimal weight is.
To identify your frame size use a measuring tape and the height chart below.
Height under 5’2″
- Small = wrist size less than 5.5″
- Medium = wrist size 5.5″ to 5.75″
- Large = wrist size over 5.75″
Height 5’2″ to 5′ 5″
- Small = wrist size less than 6″
- Medium = wrist size 6″ to 6.25″
- Large = wrist size over 6.25″
Height over 5′ 5″
- Small = wrist size less than 6.25″
- Medium = wrist size 6.25″ to 6.5″
- Large = wrist size over 6.5″
Height over 5′ 5″
- Small = wrist size 5.5″ to 6.5″
- Medium = wrist size 6.5″ to 7.5″
- Large = wrist size over 7.5″
If you don’t have a measuring tape you can use this simple (less accurate method):
Grip your wrist using your thumb and longest finger.
- If your finger and thumb don’t touch you are a LARGE frame.
- If your finger and thumb just touch you are a MEDIUM frame.
- If your finger and thumb overlap you are a SMALL frame.
Your Ideal Body Weight
Knowing your ideal body weight is a good first step to take before you start macro counting or flexible dieting. This helps you to have realistic expectations and to establish a healthy goal weight.
Understanding your optimal weight can help you with the following aspects of dieting:
- Allows you to set realistic weight loss goals.
- Prevents the thinking that weight loss is necessary when it isn’t.
- Gives you a baseline to use for building muscle.
- Helps with maintaining a healthy weight for your height.
- Shows you a goal to strive for if you are underweight.
Why Frame Size is Important
Other ideal body weight calculators don’t factor for frame size and this is an important factor in determining an ideal body weight for a person of your height.
The term frame size refers to the mass of your skeletal structure. Those with more bone mass will weigh more than people with less bone mass who are of similar height. However, this isn’t factoring for bone density.
A 5’6″ woman who has a large frame size should weigh between 139-143 pounds, whereas a 5’6″ woman with a small frame should weigh 124-128.
This feature is why our ideal body weight calculator provides the most accurate results possible and paints a more realistic picture of what your ideal body weight should be.
How Optimal Body Weight is Calculated
Our calculator uses two well-respected formulas for determining ideal body weight. For women, the Robinson formula is used and for men, it uses the Devine formula. (see the references below)
While these formulas can’t account for all individual differences that may contribute to a person’s optimal weight, they do provide a good estimate of what’s ideal for a person of your height.
Taking This Further
Once you have determined a bodyweight that is in the ideal range for you personally, you can use that information to establish a body transformation goal that’s appropriate.
You can then use our TDEE and macro calculator to determine how much you need to eat in order to achieve that goal. This calculator uses the flexible dieting approach that doesn’t prohibit foods or certain ingredients but allows you to eat what you love as long as they fit your prescribed set of macros.
- Robinson, J. D., Lupkiewicz, S. M., Palenik, L., Lopez, L. M., & Ariet, M. (1983). Determination of ideal body weight for drug dosage calculations. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 40(6), 1016-1019. Link
- McCarron, Margaret M., and Ben J. Devine. “Clinical Pharmacy: Case Studies: Case Number 25 Gentamicin Therapy.” Drug Intelligence & Clinical Pharmacy 8.11 (1974): 650-655. Study Link
- Pai, M. P., & Paloucek, F. P. (2000). The origin of the “ideal” body weight equations. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 34(9), 1066-1069. Study Link