I weigh 85 pounds, which for me is just perfect for my very small natural frame and short stature (just shy of 4’11”). However, I know a girl who is just as short as me and weighs almost 140 pounds, and she doesn’t look overweight at all. So how is it that 2 people of the same height can weigh 2 different amounts, and still both look good and healthy? Well, it all comes down to many factors.
Take your frame, for example. The smaller the frame, the less you should weigh for your height. My friend can’t even get her middle finger and thumb to touch when she grips her wrist (meaning large frame) whereas I easily overlap the two when I grip my own wrist (indicating small frame). An average frame can touch the two fingers together when gripping the wrist, but just barely.
Regardless of your size, your wrists will indicate your basic frame. If you weigh 100 pounds or 200 pounds, your wrist size will be the right ratio to judge your true frame. This is why you see a lot of overweight individuals with tiny hands and wrists- wrists stay true to their structure. Likewise, you can see very thin people with larger wrists.
To know how much YOU should weigh, go to a website that allows you to enter in your current weight, height, frame, and age to find the weight for you. What you weighed at 20 may not be recommended weight for you now, so age is a huge factor. Mydietexercise.com is an excellent free source for finding a detailed calculator to calculate your ideal weight and body fat index, both things you should know.
You may be at your perfect weight, you may be underweight (my calculations said I was about 15 pounds underweight, but I can’t gain weight if I wanted to, so I’m comfortable), or you might be overweight or obese. But try the calculations out for yourself to see what the best weight is for YOUR size.