What's Your Ideal Body Weight?
You may be thinking, "What does ideal body weight have to do with a site about flattening your stomach?"
Well, if you've been reading this site, you now know that a flat stomach comes from overall body fitness. So it's important that you get your body as close to your ideal weight as possible.
PLEASE NOTE: This chart is just a guide and may not apply to everyone. It does not take into account different body frames/build, muscle tone, etc. It's important to speak with a physician about your individual weight if you are unsure.
So before you get too serious about toning your abs and flattening your stomach, you'll have to work on getting your weight down to the ideal number indicated on the chart above.
BMI (Body Mass Index)
Another stat you'll want to become familiar with is your BMI - Body Mass Index. This is the measure of your total body fat. It's calculated by dividing your weight (in kilograms) by your height (in meters, squared).
A normal BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. A person with a BMI under that range is considered to be underweight, and a BMI above that range is considered overweight.
PLEASE NOTE: The BMI indicator is just a guide and may provide misleading results. It does not take into account different body frames, muscle tone, etc. It's important to speak with a physician about your individual weight if you are unsure.
For example, if you are 5'4, 145 pounds but you have a small frame/build, you may look out of shape even though the BMI caluclator says your weight is "desirable."
Those same stats (5'4 and 145 pounds) may look completely different on someone with an average or larger frame/build.
So even though these two people have the same weight and height, they carry it completely differently. The BMI calculator does not take this into consideration.
That's why it's important you speak to a physician about your individual weight.