How to determine your goal weight

How to determine your goal weight

Use one of two methods to find your goal weight:

1. Use the goal weight calculator:

The goal weight calculator will help you set a realistic goal weight because it takes into account your ideal body fat percent (%).

Your journey to permanent weight loss isn’t just about losing weight; it’s about losing body fat.

2. Review your weight history

Answer the following questions:

  • What’s the lowest weight you’ve maintained for at least one year since the age of 21?
  • What’s the highest weight you’ve felt comfortable at? For females, this does not include your weight during pregnancy.
  • What’s the largest clothing size you’ve felt comfortable in and what was your weight at that time?
  • At what weight have you felt the happiest?
  • At what weight have you been the healthiest?

Answering these questions can help you set a realistic goal weight because they take into account personal factors and feelings.

You can also combine both methods to determine an ideal weight.

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Brownwell, K.D., & Rodin, J. (1990). The weight maintenance survival guide. Dallas, TX: Brownell & Hagar.

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