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The Standard of Ideal Body Weight
The Ideal Happy Body Weights, based on height and gender, appear in Table 2.1. The numbers in the table, which are derived from the proportions of Jerzy’s and Aniela’s bodies, are based on observations of our clients. Notice that women’s weight increases by three pounds per inch, and men’s weight increases by five pounds per inch.
We do not advise going beyond one step in either direction, since a person who weighs too little has insufficient muscle mass and is more vulnerable to illness, and a person who weighs too much puts excessive stress on the heart.
Thirteen Possible Body Types
Very few people have Ideal Body Weight, and of those, even fewer have Ideal Body Weight Proportions. That is, a person can have the Ideal Body Weight for his or her height, but too much fat and not enough muscle, or too little fat and too much muscle. There are very few people who have ideal body weight, ideal body fat, and ideal body muscle, which means they have Happy Bodies. A Happy Body is actually only one of thirteen possible body types. Table 2.2 presents the other twelve possibilities.
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It is important to know one’s present body type because, as we will see in Part II of this blog, to achieve a Happy Body, you must follow the exercise and diet program for your specific type.
A person can have the Ideal Body Weight for his or her height, but too much fat and not enough muscle, or too little fat and too much muscle.