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Nobody will be able to resist trying the formula below, I think – from a Times Magazine article on the diet theories of Jean-Michel Cohen …
How to calculate your ideal weight: the Dr Cohen formula:
A) How much did you weigh when you were 18 years old, without dieting?
Example: 10st 10lb or 68kg
B) How much did you weigh at your heaviest, excluding pregnancy weight?
Example: 15st or 95kg
C) How much did you weigh at your lightest after the age of 18, with or without having dieted?
Example: 10st or 63.5kg
D) What is your current weight?
Example: 14st 4lb or 91kg
Add together your answers to questions A and B and divide by 2. The result is Y.
Answer from examples: 12st 12lb or 81.5kg
Add together your answers to questions C and D and divide by 2. The result is Z.
Answer from examples: 12st 2lb or 77.25kg
Add Y and Z and divide by 2.
Answer from examples: 12st 7lb or 79.4kg
This is your ideal weight …
Cohen says: “This is the weight you should be able to attain without the fear of piling on excess pounds when you resume a normal eating routine. This is vitally important: every time you lose and gain back weight your body produces new cells that have the ability to store even more fat than before. That’s why most people who lose weight on quick and easy diets end up weighing more in the long run. This is the weight that you can reach, and the one that you will have the best chance of maintaining over time.”