Women Over 40- How To Lose Weight Using Healthy Ways To Lose Weight

Ideal Weight for Women- Calculate Here Your Ideal Weight for Women over 40

Calculate your ideal weight for women here. The ideal weight for women is very interesting for women: Know your ideal body weight, know how much to lose. Do you have a “dream weight”, a weight you’d like to have? There is a good change that this dream weight is either too high or too low compared to your ideal weight as a woman over 40. If your dream weight is below your ideal body weight, you’d like to be thinner as necessary and you are setting unrealistic expectations on your ability to lose weight. Losing that much weight won’t be healthy too. So, whenever you are setting a weight loss goal have your ideal weight for women over 40 on your mind.

Ideal Weight for Women- Inaccurate Formulas

Unfortunately, the ideal body weight for women over 40 is hard to calculate. Most of the formulas have shortcomings- for example not relying on scientific data but on estimations. Or giving unrealistic results. For example, the most commonly used formula on the internet to calculate the ideal body weight for women (“Devine formula”, 1974) generates results for an ideal weight that is too low. The ideal body weight given by this formula is unhealthy and nearly impossible to achieve by dieting. For short women, the results of the Devine formula are close to having no body fat at all. To lose that much weight is physiologically impossible and will lead to failure in important body functions.

Ideal Weight for Women- Our calculation

Our calculation here is based on the “Robinson formula” which gives much more realistic results and can guide you much better to lose weight. In addition, we’ve modified the formula to take age (over 40) and bone structure (body frame) into account. Generally, when we get older we store more body fat- this is to a certain extend a normal and natural process and the formula should reflect this fact. Second, people with bigger bone structure tend to have a bit more body fat.

Ideal Weight for Women- If You Don’t Know Your Bone Structure (Body Frame)

You probably know your body frame well- if you’re in doubt use this simple method. Wrap your thumb and major fingers around the smallest part of your wrist:

  • Small frame: fingers overlap
  • Medium frame: Your fingers just touch
  • Large frame: Fingers don’t touch

Type in your data and calculate your result:

Let me know what you think- if you are one of my subscribers you have my email address or use the form below for your comments and ideas.

This should give you a guideline for your ideal weight as a woman over 40 and what could be a weight to reach for. It doesn’t mean you couldn’t weigh less- but for most of my readers getting to this ideal weight for women over 40 and keeping it permanently would be all they ask for.

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1 Angela Moreno { 08.11.10 at 3:31 pm }

According to the calculator, I am 15 lbs overweight, I wear an size 8 in petites,I eat very healthy and pretty close to the recommended foods suggested on the list you suggested for my metabolic type. 15 lbs is incredibly difficult for me to lose, as I have a disc problem. Can you give me suggestions on what to do and how to lose maybe 10 lbs?

2 Perry Permann { 08.12.10 at 12:24 pm }

Angela, disk problems shouldn’t keep you away from doing exercise at all- but talk to your doctor/therapist first before you start any exercise program. There are exercises including additional support for the spine, like sliding up and down on a wall, or things you can do while laying on the floor. Getting your metabolism up by physical exercise is important (and everything that strengthens your back muscles will make the disk problem easier to deal with).
You’ll probably get most leverage by watching your portion size. Trick: Get small plates and small silverware. Eat a bit regularly at the same time of the day, every 3 hours.

3 Liz { 10.05.10 at 4:41 pm }

Your calculator indicates that is should be about 26 lbs lighter than I am. I agree, but would be happy if I could just get to the weight I was when I was pregnant some 41 years ago. I have slowly been gaining weight since about age 55. All my life I never had to worry about what I ate – now I do and I really don’t like it. It’s got something to do with my activity which has changed since I retired about 6 years ago and my husband died – a year and a half ago and I gave up smoking. Jenny Craig has been my answer. Considering trying Weight Watchers. Never had to diet in my life until now.

4 Veronica { 12.11.10 at 2:36 pm }

Perry, I am 49 year old female, 5’5″ who works out 4-5 days a week, an hour each session of intense elliptical cardio and burn 600 calories . I weigh 145 pounds and had rupture discs (20 surgery in 2006) so no high impact running, step aeorbics for me. Elliptical and the rolling staricase machine are my only allowed cardio routines. I consume mostly clean proteins, white fish, chicken, low fat cheeses etc. nad never more than 30 grams of green veggies or fruit/ carbohydrtae. NO sugar, alcohol nor flour products in my diet. I must share that maintaining 140-145 is herculean for me as I never consume more than1200 calories.

5 Michaela { 01.01.11 at 12:27 pm }

I think the calculator is pretty accurate as well. My goal weight that I had set was for 115 and the calculator says I should be around 118 so I feel good about that. I have about 20lbs to lose and I know it will be a challenge to maintain my weight once I get there, but I feel I can do it with strength training and continued cardio!

6 Lucinda { 01.06.11 at 2:10 pm }

I did not feel healthy when I was under 140 lbs, I had my daughter at 35 and gained an unhealthy 50 lbs, since her birth I lost most of the weight when she was 5 years old but now I am up to 170 and wear a size 14-16 and my husband calls me fat. It is winter now and hard to get outside to burn those unwanted calories. I’m ready to try one of those ab machines advertised on TV. Help.

7 Perry Permann { 01.13.11 at 1:10 pm }

The real leverage is not in exercise but in what and how much you are eating. See exercise as a contribution to a healthy lifestyle, not as a means to lose weight.

8 Kim { 04.19.11 at 11:47 am }

LOVE this website. It is much more realistic than others that suggest I weigh 125 lbs. at 5’10”. PLEASE! Even in my early 20’s when I was thin, I never felt well once I went under 140!

Thanks again for a REALISIC point of reference!

9 Perry Permann { 04.20.11 at 1:59 pm }

Thanks Kim- I’m glad to read that this website is helpful for you in calculating your ideal weight for women.

10 Barbara Smith { 07.08.11 at 3:47 pm }

That made me feel good. I gained about 8 lbs this past year (my husband thought I was too skinny) and I’m still under the “ideal” weight by about 5 lbs. I’ve been working out for the past 3.5 years and feel great – I am 63 and think I’m in better shape than when I was 43!!

11 Mysmartha { 08.02.11 at 7:09 pm }

I have the opposite problem that most people do. I am a tall–5’10”–55-year-old woman who weighs 125 pounds, ten pounds more than the 115 I weighed when I was under stress. Your calculator tells me I should weigh 138. Gaining weight is a constant struggle, since I have an aversion to butter, meat, bread, and most of the stuff high in calories. Thank goodness I love ice cream! Don’t envy me, readers–I have osteopenia and it’s a nightmare finding pants that fit. Relish your healthy bodies and appetites!

12 Ada. A { 08.06.11 at 1:49 pm }

I feel so much better seeing this. I’m a 21 yr-old student so it has been a torture for me keeping my weight steady. Last week I was 150lbs jumped on the scale this morning and I was 154lbs. I admit I’ve been eating way too much junk and not exercising a lot but that’s because I’m having such a tough time with school right now. Gladly, I’m still 5lbs below my ideal weight based on your calculator and hope to keep it that way. Thanks for your genuine calculator.

13 Merle { 11.19.11 at 8:13 pm }

I thought it rather interesting the weight your calculation arrived at – with my age and frame as additional factors – was the exact weight another site calculated sans the additional factors. Are they really taken into consideration as one ages?

14 Perry Permann { 11.20.11 at 12:38 pm }

Sure. You can see the effects of age/frame by playing a bit with the calculator. The results tend to be quite interesting. – Perry

15 Aisha Sulli { 03.01.12 at 2:53 pm }

I notice every site I’ve been to calculates the same thing for my age and height. But I honestly dont think that will compliment me. Last time I’ve been that small was in my early 20’s .

16 Cindy Casanova { 03.17.12 at 1:14 pm }

I am currently between 127 to 132 that is how my weight fluctuates. I have 3 bulging discs and I use to work out all the time. I want to run and lift weights, but was wondering if that was still possible. I do back strengthening exercises and my doctor says it’s okay to work out. I’m just scared and my legs are really flabby just want to tone them up. Working out helps me feel healthy and happy.

17 Kim { 04.02.12 at 1:08 pm }

Iam 5’5″ and weight 145lbs.I exercise 5 days a week ,and I want to loose 10 lbs it’s been 6 months iam trying to lose weight ,but could not even loose 1lbs.I have2kids, and my age is 32.I eat healthy vegetarian food , but nothing looks to work .
plz can u suggest me .

18 KK { 04.10.12 at 2:57 pm }

I am 45 years old, weigh 124 lbs., have a small frame, and am 5’5″ tall. I wear sizes 2 and 4. I try to eat a healthy diet and exercise four to five days a week. I work hard to maintain this weight. According to this calculation, I should weigh 118.8. Discouraging . . .

19 Perry Permann { 05.01.12 at 3:13 am }

Les, great to read that you are already on your ideal weight. Being unhealthy thin will not work in the long run, from all I’ve seen in women over 40 you won’t be able to keep it up. Fights against nature are guaranteed to be lost.
– Perry