If there's ever a time to have the ideal body weight, it's during a global pandemic! All the studies have shown that those who are overweight or obese have a much tougher time combatting the coronavirus. If you're in better shape, you increase your chances of living or at least recovering quicker.
Another thing to think about is maintaining an ideal body weight once you've reached financial independence. Once you're financially independent, a big goal should be to be as fit as possible in order to live as long as possible.
In any discount cash flow analysis, it is the terminal value that often makes up the largest portion of a company's value. The longer you can extend the terminal value, the wealthier you will be!
In other words, to be rich and out of shape is irrational. Yes, when you are rich, it's easier to hire people to mow your lawn, drive you around, and eat all the buttery steaks you want. However, it makes more sense to get in ideal weight to give yourself a higher chance of living a longer life.
My Weight Battle And The Desire To Get To Ideal Weight
I went to play tennis on New Year's day to lose some weight I had gained during the holidays. After a two-hour match, I hit again for another 1.5 hours the very next day. I'm not delusional to think that after two days I would lose any amount of weight. However, I stubbornly got on the scale before and after anyway.
Hoping to see a loss of at least a pound, the damn scale betrayed me. In two days, I had gained 5 pounds from 168 lbs to 173 lbs!
How the hell does someone gain 3% more body weight in just 48 hours. I could blame the flashing “battery” signal on the scale. However, that's just an excuse.
At 5 feet 10 inches tall, 173 lbs is a lot to carry on the tennis court. Kei Nishikori, a professional tennis player who is my height weighs 155 pounds. Meanwhile, I remember being cut in high school at 150 pounds.
Ever since my trip to India in 2008, my weight hasn't fluctuated more than seven pounds (162-169). But now I've broken this range with all the crap I've been eating. I feel bad for disrespecting all the poverty I witnessed while in India.
It finally took two kids and a pandemic to become overweight. How sad!
I don't accept mediocrity in my work. Therefore, why do I accept being overweight and mediocre in my health? It makes no sense at all.
Mission To Achieve The Ideal Weight
I don't want to be another big blogger. My field has a disproportionate number of folks who can't run two consecutive miles even with an angry three-legged bear roaring after them. At least we got sexy fingers!
As a result, as of today, I swear I will get back to the ideal weight for my frame and height. My ideal weight is around 165 pounds.
So how do we find the ideal weight? There are numerous factors that go into determining what your ideal body weight should be.
Based on an average of four sites I checked out (healthstatus.com, halls.md, healthcentral.com, healthdiscovery.net), Healthdiscovery.net's estimates look to be the most accurate and reasonable.
One site had a lower range of 129 pounds as a healthy weight for someone 5'10”. Unless the starvation look is back in, 129 pounds is certainly not an ideal weight for someone of my height and frame.
Let's take a look at the ideal weight charts for men and women. I plan to get back to my ideal body weight of 155 pounds while on sabbatical.
The Ideal Body Weight For Men By Height And Frame
Below is the ideal body weight for men by height and frame. If you are unsure of your frame size, then go with medium frame.
|Height in Feet&Inches||Small Frame||Medium Frame||Large Frame|
As you can tell from the chart, at 173 pounds I'm up to 22 pounds overweight for my medium-size frame. I'd like to think that because I have large quads due to tennis, I'm not that much overweight. However, that's just another stupid excuse!
A couple of years ago, when I was closer to 168 pounds, my doctor said I was at a healthy weight. However, I had ~17% body fat, which was double what it was 20 years ago. In other words, my doctor was just being nice. He thought I couldn't handle the truth.
If he had given it to me straight that I was at least 5 pounds overweight, I could have been more focused on my diet. Alas, I continued to slowly let myself go.
Ideal Body Weight For Women By Height And Frame
Below is the ideal body weight for women by height and frame. Again, go with the medium frame column if you are unsure about your frame size.
|Height in Feet&Inches||Small Frame||Medium Frame||Large Frame|
Definition of medium-frame: Your middle finger and thumb just touch when you hold your wrist. You are large-framed if your fingers do not touch. You are small-framed if your fingers overlap.
Ideal Body Weight By BMI
Let's say you don't agree with the above ideal weight charts. That's OK. Let's check out what your body weight should be using the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation. Punch your height and weight into the BMI calculator and you will get your BMI number.
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
Of course, if you are a weightlifter or professional athlete with a lot of muscle, your BMI will likely be higher. Therefore, you can't just accept your BMI at face value.
You must make a judgement call! My BMI is 25, which is right at the beginning of Overweight. I'm also of average build. Therefore, I accept that I am indeed, overweight.
My Weight Loss Goal
From today forward, my mission is to get back to 165 pounds. At this weight, I will be firmly in the band of “ideal weight” for a medium-framed man at my height.
I know myself. There is no way in hell I'll be able to get back down to the 150s like I was in high school. I also am experimenting with decumulating wealth by spending more money on food. So the challenge to get down to 150 pounds will be impossible, therefore, I won't even try.
As someone who is currently on sabbatical, one of my goals is to focus on my physical and mental health. We should be risk-averse with our health because there's no guarantee we can make it back!
Reasons To Get Back In Shape
1) My children.
The main reason why I want to get back in shape is so that I can increase my chances of living a healthy life for the next 30 years.
I figure, in 30 years, both my children will have the education and wisdom to live independent lives. Further, my hope is that in 30 years, my children will both have found life partners. Financial independence and love. What more can a father ask for his children?
Getting into better shape was one of my hedges during the pandemic. I figured, if I'm going to stay locked down for a while, I might as well eat healthier, stretch, more and exercise more.
2) Counteract other illnesses.
The second reason for getting back in shape is to counteract lung disease. I know I'll eventually have a harder time breathing given asthma tends to come back after 40.
Besides lung disease, I'm sure I will face other health issues that will slowly hurt the quality of my life. Therefore, if I can control my weight, that's the least I can do.
The goal for parents is to live as long as possible to be there for our kids.
3) To feel great more often.
The older I get, the more niggling health issues I seem to experience. If it's not a bum shoulder it's funny vision. Losing weight will also help put less stress on my knees, which are surely wearing down from so much tennis.
4) To look great.
When you look great, you feel great. Your self-esteem goes up and you are more confident to do more things. I'm already a confident person. However, it's nice to look in the mirror once in a while and think, “Damn, you fine!” Having self-confidence is great for meeting new people.
5) For my wife.
After a while, it's easy to get sloppy in our appearances. After all, we've already secured the love of our lives, why stay in shape? Not only will I get in better shape for my wife, but I'm also going to dress better as well.
I've dressed in old track pants, t-shirts, and old warmup jackets practically every day since the pandemic began. Now I will dress sharper by using more than 10% of my wardrobe.
6) To save money.
Being overweight may have also caused me to snore more and have episodes of sleep apnea. This ultimately hurt my chances of getting the best life insurance rate when I wanted to renew a couple years ago. Please get life insurance before seeing a doctor for a non-life threatening issue. Being overweight costs more money.
My Plan For Losing Weight
1) For every two hours I spend online writing, I will spend 30 minutes exercising. So long as I keep this 4:1 mental-to-physical ratio, I will at least not blow out. I regularly spend 20 hours a week online. Therefore, I will regularly exercise 5 hours a week by walking, playing tennis, and playing softball. The weight loss formula is as simple as apple pie with vanilla ice cream on top.
2) I will do 60 push-ups and 150 sit-ups for every basketball or football game I watch. Watching sports is the worst for an athlete, because it's a double negative. Instead of playing sports ourselves, we're rotting away our bodies and our minds.
3) I will eat more slowly to give my body time to know that I have eaten. It takes 15-20 minutes for the body to know one is full. Hence, that 15-20 minutes is a crucial period where one can overeat and gain a lot of weight. The solution is to eat slowly and be mindful of everything I put in my mouth.
4) I will eat vegetarian three days a week. Eating vegetarian feels great, is good for digestion, and could very well be cheaper too. I will also consciously reduce dairy and sugar from my diet. Sugar is really the silent killer of our generation.
To achieve the ideal weight really requires mostly better eating habits. I need to achieve a calorie deficit to lose weight.
Ideal Weight + Money = Better Life
The ideal body weight pisses me off because it's so low. In actuality, I'm just pissed off at myself for letting myself go. As a father of two young children, my goal is to live long enough so they can be independent adults.
I used to tell myself that I'm heavier because I have more muscles. I used to also blame a slower metabolism and my kids for my weight gain. Unfortunately, these are all excuses.
Today, I am saying NO to weight creep. Even though there's this new study that says middle-aged people who put on weight live longer than those who remain in healthy shape throughout their lives. You see, another excuse!
Being overweight puts a burden on society. By being overweight, other people ultimately pay for my extra health care costs through longer wait times and more expensive premiums. At least, for now, my family is currently paying an unsubsidized $2,250/month in health insurance premiums.
I will get back to the ideal weight range of 165-168 pounds by 2024! That's roughly 6% off from my current bodyweight that I plan to lose in 12 months. It shouldn't be a problem if I stick to my weight-loss goals above.
Who else is annoyed enough at the ideal body weight to do something about it? I'd love for more people to join me on my quest. Let's both get in ideal shape and make lots of money!
Recommendation For Life
If there's one thing the pandemic has taught us, it's that life is not guaranteed. We must do everything we can to protect our dependents. Being out of shape increases your chances of an earlier death.
As a result, please get life insurance and try to get fitter. Not only should you get enough life insurance to cover your liabilities, your life insurance term should last long enough to get them through college.
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