How much should I weigh?

What you weigh is not as important as the percentage of bodyfat to lean tissue. You can be overweight without being overfat and vice versa. Since muscle weighs more per volume than fat, and you want to have firm muscles throughout your body, you may weigh more than you thought was average for your height and build. There is still much controversy over what is "ideal" bodyweight. While some body fat is essential to sustain life, it is generally thought that a healthy bodyfat percentage for males is 8-20% and for females is 13-25%.

Source: ACE Instructor Manual, 1993, p.178


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