MWL Figures Easier Than BMI

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a method used to calculate healthy body weight. It isn't necessarily the best indicator for people with lots of muscle mass, and you have to use a complex formula to determine the end result. Sure there are charts and online calculators to help out, but wouldn't it be easier to have a number anyone can easily come up on their own? Thanks to a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno you do!

To calculate your body's Maximum Weight Limit (MWL), the weight you should not go over, men start with a baseline 5-foot 9-inches at 175 pounds and add or subtract 5 pounds for every inch difference in height. So a man who's 6-foot 1-inch shouldn't weight more than 195 pounds. Women start with a baseline figure of 5 feet tall at 125 pounds, adding or subtracting 4.5 pounds per inch difference.

The Bigger Picture: The end result is very similar to BMI, although much easier to calculate. The difference is that MWL gives you a definitive weight in pounds to stay under, kind of how the speed limit works for drivers. MWL may not be a perfect system, but if it works as a motivational tool for you, that's all that matters.
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Fit Guy
Oct 03, 2009
It's important to keep in mind that both BMI and MWL are intended for people of average build.

Athletes (male or female) with extra muscle -- which is more dense/heavy than body fat -- will appear overweight or obese using either of these scales of measurement
Oct 15, 2009
Another Index that becomes very useful if combined with BMI for athletes is body fat percentage. Although it is difficult to ascertain and can only be one by a professional with the right equipment. This is extremely useful for obese inividuals as well.