How to calculate the normal weight for a man


Table of contents

  • Types of the human body according to Solovyov's index
  • Problems arising in the determination of the weight norm
  • Formulas for calculating the weight norm

It has been since ancient times that the Slavs, especially the peasants, never paid much attention to the control of their body weight. They did not need it, for, holding one hand for the plow, and the other without letting go of the sword, kept themselves in good physical shape without any fitness, exercise equipment and proper nutrition. In addition, there was not always the opportunity to eat well, often had to live half-starving. Until now, as an echo of those times, in our everyday life there lives a humorous saying "until the fat will grow thin, the skinny will grow thin."

But times have changed, loads have changed on the body, hunger has long been forgotten. Cultivated a few decades ago, active rest today replaced gatherings in front of the TV or monitor screen. A consequence of this was a pronounced tendency to increase the number of people with excess weight.


Types of the human body according to Solovyov's index

Today every person, whether male or female, is very important to know their normal weight.To some it may seem surprising, but the weight, more precisely, its deviation from the norm, is directly related not only to the person's well-being as a whole, but also to his mood, his ability to enjoy life.And if women in the majority try to watch their weight, then most men have a few extra pounds in their appearance is not considered a problem.

Since all calculations of the weight of the human body are based on the growth, weight and age of a person, the Soloviev index is very important for the correct determination of the normal body weight. This index is measured in centimeters the thinnest place of the circumference of the arm on the wrist. Based on the results of this measurement, one can judge the type of physique of a person and the structure of his bones. Depending on the results of the measurement, three types of human constitution are distinguished.

  1. Asthenic (thin-boned) type - the circumference of the wrist in men is less than 18 cm, in women less than 15 cm. In men of this type, elongated arms, legs and neck, by nature thin and light bones, muscular mass is poorly developed. Such people visually clearly expressed the predominance of longitudinal lines of the body over the transverse.
  2. Normostenic (normokostny) type - the circumference of the wrist in men from 18 to 20 cm inclusive, in women - from 15 to 17 cm. Men of this type are composed proportionately, harmoniously. The muscles are quite developed, but they are not conspicuous.
  3. Hypersthenic (broad-chested) type - the circumference of the wrist in men is more than 20 cm, in women - whiter than 17 cm. In men of this type, the body structure is fairly proportionate, but visually the transverse dimensions of the body are greater than the longitudinal dimensions. They have thick and heavy bones, broad shoulders and chest. They also have wide hips and relatively short legs, and a well-developed muscle mass visually imparts an additional volume to the body.

Problems arising in the determination of the weight norm

It is generally believed that the ideal weight of a person is the one he had at the age of 18. If you can easily save it in fifty years, you can safely consider yourself lucky. Because every 10 years of energy consumption of our body is reduced by approximately 10%, i.е. at a rate of 1% every year.

Therefore every ten years we become heavier by about 10% of the previous weight. If you let things slide, then at your age of 29 you will weigh 10% more than 18, 40 at 10% more than 29, and 50 at 10% more than 40.


A very long time to determine the norm of weight used a table of the relationship of height, age and weight of a person. But since all of its indicators were averaged, they did not take into account the structure of the body structure and the muscle mass of a person, the results obtained often sinned inaccuracies.

Over time, this table was refined, polished. The average indicators in the table were replaced by indicators for the three types of human constitution, defined by Solovyov's index, and the division in years disappeared. However, this does not mean that the table has become perfect.

Until now, the problem of determining the weight norm for obese people remains unsolved. After all, scientists have long proven that obesity and excess weight - not the same thing. When using the table to determine the weight, it must be borne in mind that a well-developed male athlete with an impressive muscle mass according to this table can easily be attributed to people with excess weight, although this excess is given to him not fatty deposits, and a large volume muscles.

If after a few weeks of regular training in the gym scales showed that you have gained weight, then you added it not at the expense of excess fat, but due to additional muscle mass. So this is an occasion for pride, not for grief.

Formulas for calculating the weight norm

There are several formulas that allow you to calculate your optimal weight. The most simple to use and therefore the most in-demand of them is the Brock formula. The initial version, developed more than a century ago, was as follows: a man's height -100. But this variant had the same drawbacks as the growth and weight tables - it did not take into account either the type of person or his age. So, the weight of the large-boned people according to this formula has always been more than normal, and the thin-skinned ones are smaller.

Therefore, Brock's old formula was refined to make the results more realistic. To now calculate the optimal weight for this formula, it is necessary to take 100 from the growth of a man and multiply the result by 90%. Take for example a man of 176 cm and calculate his normal weight: 176 -100 = 76 x 90% = 68 kg.

However, even with the modern adjustment, Brock's method ignores the individual features of the structure of the human body.

Therefore, today the body mass index (BMI) is considered the standard by definition of the weight norm for men.

This is the indicator that most often appears in health insurance policies.

The index is calculated as the ratio of the person's weight, measured in kilograms and his height, measured in meters with two decimal places and squared. If, as a result of such calculations, the BMI is 18 units or less, this indicates a lack of weight, but if it is 28 units or more, this indicates an overweight. The results of a BMI of 19 to 27 units indicate a normal weight.


To better understand the technology of calculating BMI, consider a simple example. The height of the man is 176 cm, weight is 70 kg. The calculation of the body mass index will be as follows 6 x, 6 7 10 = 23 units, which indicates the normal weight.

If you are not friends with mathematics or simply do not want to deal with calculations, you can measure your growth, will be weighed and compare the obtained data with Table 2, finding in it a column corresponding to your type physique.

To determine the type of physique, use a simple method that does not require any measurements and calculations. Stand in front of a large mirror, as far as possible as possible, retract the abdomen. In this position, place open palms on the lower ribs.

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The palms form an angle. Define it by eye. If this angle is in the area of ​​90º (right angle), then your physique is considered normal. If the angle turns out to be noticeably sharp, then the physique is considered to be lean. If the angle is noticeably greater than the straight, then the physique is large, broad-boned.

And finally one more piece of advice. Stand in front of a large mirror and critically examine the figure reflected in it. If you see your reflection in the mirror with a stooped back, lowered shoulders and a prominent belly, then without indexes and tables you have a serious reason to take care of yourself.

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If the figure in the mirror is straight, its shoulders are straightened, and on the stomach there is not even the slightest hint, if well-being and mood at you excellent, you can even not think about indexes and tables and simply enjoy life. After all, she is so beautiful, although so short!