The Body Mass Index, BMI Chart before OWL.
What is your goal weight? Ask yourself when in your life did you look and feel your very best?
What size did you wear then? How much did you weigh then? Was it 120? 140? 170? Don't skip over these questions. You're the greatest expert on your body.
Whatever that wonderful weight – and size – was, you can almost certainly reach it again.
Most people have a pretty good sense of that number. They held that weight for a good part of their lives and found that they gained weight only after specific events, such as getting married, having kids, quitting cigarettes, starting or stopping medication or experiencing certain hormonal changes. Why not go for it?
On the other hand, is that "perfect" weight unrealistic now that you're a couple of decades older? Menopausal women particulary often have a hard time staying as slim as they once were. So perhaps a more realistic approach is to ask what is the weight you would be comfortable with today. The trick is to come up with a figure that is attainable without setting yourself up for disappointment. Please write your Atkins diet success story here.
If you don't recall ever being a weight you were happy with, the BMI chart (body mass index) will give you a estimate to aim for.
Be aware that the body chart is just a guideline: If you are very muscular, for example, your BMI will often come out too high.
You’ll see that the BMI chart gives you numbers at the top. By checking your height and weight below and running your finger up the column to where the BMI figures are, you will find your carb counter chart number.
1 lbs (pound) = 0.45359237 kg (kilograms)
1' (Feet) = 0.3048 m (Meters)
Up to 24.9 – healthy weight
25 or above – overweight
26 or 27 – approximately twenty percent overweight
Individuals who fall within the BMI range of 25 to 34.9 and have a waist size of over forty inches for men and over thirty-five inches for women are considered to be at especially high health risk.
For most people, this chart is helpful as a general guideline – ranges that are considered the norm – but Atkins can’t emphasize this too strongly:
The best weight for you is the one at which you feel comfortable and attractive and can enjoy your life. It also needs to be a weight you can maintain.
Say, your best friend and you are the same height and generally the same build, but she wants to be rail thin, while you are comfortable with 10 pounds more on your frame - if it feels good for you, that's what counts. Remember, too, that if you are physically active and have a low BMI, you can weight more than your sister, who thinks lifting a pencil is exercise.
This isn't climbing Mount Everest; you can reach your goal weight. I know you have an excellent chance of succeeding.