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11/5/13 2:20 A

I don't think the BMI is all you should base your weight on. It's weights are skewed to the low end and as others have said don't account for bone or muscle. My son is skinny as a rail (wears slim pants) but according to the BMI for children was overweight. Your body will tell you what is a good weight for you!!!

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11/4/13 7:13 P

I'm not sure I understand how they arrive at those "ideal weights", they seem far too low. 112 lbs would be the bare minimum a woman would want to weigh at 5'4. Anything less and you'd be venturing into being underweight. I'm 5'2 and my ideal weight is supposedly 105 lbs which is the very bottom of the healthy BMI for someone my height. I reached 107 lbs and was way too skinny, I began losing fat from places I'd rather not and I was looking quite waifish. This is coming from someone who likes to be small and tiny! But I was beginning to look unhealthy. My doctor even told me I needed to gain weight when I went in for my physical and said I should weigh around 115 lbs.

I now weigh 120 lbs and am finding it very easy to maintain that weight. I was 110 lbs before gaining weight during my pregnancies and looked healthy and curvy in my early 20's. While losing my pregnancy weight I gained a lot of muscle so now I look too skinny at that weight and look healthier at 120 lbs and actually have the same measurements (wear the same sized clothes) I did in my early 20's at 105-110 lbs.

I think 120-130 lbs for someone your age and your height would be a lean and healthy goal weight. Once you get there you can decide if that's the weight you wish to maintain. I personally don't care much about scale weight/BMI/ideal weight. Body fat % is more tell-tale when you're in your healthy BMI.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 11/4/2013 (19:22)
TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
11/4/13 1:34 P

In addition to that great input, I wanted to suggest our three article series to help you Find Your Perfect Weight. Here is a link to the first article that might help you find what is right for you.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=1008


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STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
11/4/13 1:31 P

I personally don't listen to the BMI stuff, sure for the most part, it's pretty helpful, but I'm 5'10" and set my goal weight to 180 even though I will still be considered 'over'. I did this because I'm quite thick anyway-bones and everything. I also have quite a bit of muscle. If I get to that weight and decide to lose more, I will, but right now, I'll be happy to just get to 180. Do what you feel is best for you.

SKEMERICH SparkPoints: (233,706)
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11/4/13 1:29 P

BMI is just an estimate. BMI only takes in consideration height and weight, not strength and bone mass. Always use the BMI number as a guide. Realistic expectations are better. Start your goal setting with the 10% rule. Lose only 10% at a time. Overall goals should be not that of weight but of overall strength, I've learned that the hard way. Good Luck in your goals. Feel free to ask as many questions you need!

LOTUS737 Posts: 2,266
11/4/13 1:20 P

I think a lot of it has to do with your body type- I'm around 5'5 and I think I'm going for 135-145- but a muscular 135-145, which is where I was in high school when I was very active with sports, etc. But I'm going to evaluate how I feel along the way and if I'm happy /and healthy/ with a higher number I'll stay there! BMI can be a good tool for a general guideline- but 140 lb with no muscle tone is very different than a trim 140 with a lot of muscle- that's why it's not always a reliable measure for everyone.

SHADOWJELO Posts: 27
11/4/13 12:19 P

Hey everyone!

So I am 5'3 and 21 years old. I was looking at a bmi calculator this morning and it said my ideal weight is 112 when I set my goal weight as 120. How do you guys set your goal weight? Now that I saw that this morning, I am thinking of changing my goal to 112.

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