I think the guideline you're citing is referring to the LOW end of the healthy range, not to your ideal weight. That's an ancient formula that insurance companies used to use so they could charge almost everyone extra for being "overweight."
Definitely discuss this with a doctor-- but also, consider just not worrying too much about it. Honestly, we don't choose our goal weight; it chooses us. When you eat properly and exercise, you'll eventually reach a healthy weight for you. Make it your goal to learn to eat right and do moderate exercise, and let weight loss be a side benefit of getting healthier.
You mentioned that your previous lowest weight was at a different height. If you've lost over two inches in height, that's another reason to consult the doctor. Find out whether it would be more appropriate to base your weight calculation on your original adult height.
yes I agree about checking with your Dr. Use BMI as guideline along with other tables but ultimately the suggestion of basing your goal weight on your past weights, I think. was the best suggestion. If I went by the BMI tables for my ideal weight I would look like a skun bean pole so I have set my personal goal based on what I have been in the past & felt comfy with then. Of course trying to reach a youthful weight at my current age could be super ridiculous so I use mini goals, then as I reach them I check I am feeling & then consider if I need to set the next mini goal.
Your ideal weight is so personal & no table will be able to be precise or fit everyone.
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3,293 10/22/13 3:19 P
According to the standard BMI tables, a healthy weight range for your height would be 94-119 pounds. I have read that BMI calculations tend to be overly generous to people who are short and overly restrictive to people who are tall though. They also don't work well if you are an athlete, extremely muscular, have a large bone structure or have a long torso.
I've asked several of my doctors about what they think my goal weight should be. I was surprised to be told that my goal weight (which is technically overweight based on BMI) is fine and perhaps even too low.
Getting feedback from a doctor who can actually evaluate your body composition in person and who knows your health history is really the way to go.
10/22/13 9:08 A
I'd agree with Spark Coach and ask your doctor for a recommendation regarding a goal weight. He/she is familiar with any health issues you have, and has your medical history. Like you said, you've been healthier in the past at a higher weight. The BMI is a "go by"-- a guesstimate. A rough idea. Not a scientific, be-all and end-all. Many athletes in top shape, would show up as "overweight" or even "obese" on the BMI. Even that, 100 pounds for the first 5' of height thing, is also just an estimate. One size does NOT fit all, when it comes to goal weight or what is a healthy weight. It's going to be different for different people.
Since you have experience at lower weights, use that experience instead of general guidelines. At 4'11", you are going to not be able to be very heavy, but use the 103 lbs as a guide. Were you too skinny then? If not, maybe a range of 100-110 would do, but if you preferred life at 117-125, use that.
A weight of 123 lbs. at 4'11" is a 24.8 BMI, which is the uppermost limit of a healthy weight, but i would just use a mirror, and common sense. general guidelines don't account for muscle, or lack of it, as well as bone structure.
Still, BMI is a good guide to giving you an idea of what a healthy weight would be if you are clueless, as I was. I thought 215 would be great for me, but at 5'8", it is a 32.7 BMI..obese. Now, at 204, I realize 164 is a more likely stopping point, but when severely overweight for decades, you don't have any idea.
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1,393 10/21/13 6:57 P
Thanks for the info.
10/21/13 6:44 P
Ah yes, I had the same problem with my ticker... there's a way to fix that. You go to to your start page and find the link for account/email preferences (top-left right below "Welcome, Celtia51" is written). Go there, then click on the "Account" tab. Down in the middle, in the "My Information" section, you'll see a tick box "use metric system." Uncheck it. Now your weight loss ticker will correctly show your start/goal weight in pounds.
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1,393 10/21/13 6:21 P
There seems to be problem with my ticker. I entered my weight numbers as pounds but when the ticker came up it's showing kilos, so my weight loss goal is not 185 lbs but 84.2 lbs or 38.2 kilos. Your suggestion is a good one. The Spark Coach has also advised me to see my doctor for this reason and also for help with insomnia and advice on exercises suitable for my arthritis and fibromyalgia.
ask your doc. i would guess that you would go by the guidelines for your full height, not your compressed height. but your doc would have a better idea than me. your ticker says you have 185lbs to lose. if that's right, then don't worry about the end right now. focus on getting the first fifty off which you know you need to do. then get the second fifty off. then work on the third fifty. once you hit that then start to evaluate your fitness level, how you feel, how your clothes fit and you general, overall health. and use that to start to figure out where you want to maintain. if you get there and know you have more left to lose, then work on that amount. if you get there and everything is working well for you, stay there.
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10/21/13 7:28 A
Yes, there are many. I think fat % is a better way to determine what is a healthy weight for each individual, rather than going by BMI. The best way is to get it professionally measured. I'm metric, so inches are not really informative for me, but your goal weight sounds very low for your height..
You could also measure your waist. If your height divided by 2 is a larger number than your waist circumference, then you are probably in decent shape.
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10/21/13 7:21 A
That guide line is a rule of thumb for the average person, it doesn't work for the very tall or the very short. A more accurate way for you to figure out a healthy weight might be by figuring out your lean body mass and then adding another 25% for body fat (25% body fat is on the high end of fitness, most female athletes have around 20% body fat).
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1,393 10/21/13 5:08 A
I recently checked the SP guidelines for determining my healthy weight and don't understand how they are arrived at. The guide says that women should weight 100 lbs for the first 60" of height and 5 lbs for each inch over that. I am 59" in height so understand that means I should weigh 95 lbs.T his is crazy. The least I every weighed as an adult was 103 lbs at 61.5" and caught everything going around. As a young woman my healthiest weight was between 117 and 125 and I managed to get down to 140 in 2001 and at age 50 felt quite healthy at that weight. Is there a more responsible way of determining a healthy goal weight for my weight loss program?
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