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Be very true to yourself and when you look in the mirror or have pictures taken in say shorts and sports bra do you look fit? Now if you have been heavy in the past you have to put your mind aside and act like you are looking at someone other than yourself because we are always harder on ourselves. To be 126 sounds awesome to me even if you are only 5'2" and if taller than don't even acknowledge the BMI as you have build up more muscle mass and you can be thin but weigh more than someone a little bigger than you becuase of your muscles. Be darn proud of yourself.
Definitely agree with the previous posts. You need to look at the big picture of your over health. You are at a healthy weight, your BMI is still normal even if a high normal, and your are making healthy lifestyle choices. I would definitely discuss it with you MD and have your body fat measured for piece of mind. But, probably, you are toned and that higher percentage of muscle is putting you at the high end of the normal BMI range.
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Maybe 2nd opinion on that BMI measurement? There's a lot of articles about BMI inaccuracy also.
One point away from overweight is just another way of saying perfectly healthy. Unless you´re gaining weight, there´s nothing wrong. You´ve found what you need to do to maintain your weight at a healthy level.
Losing more weight when you're already healthy is an unnatural thing, so relying on natural instincts doesn't work.You can´t just "eat very well" and "not sweat the small stuff." Losing weight at this point is going to require very nearly perfect eating-- NO empty calories, and very, very careful planning to make sure you get all the necessary nutrients in the right balance from the minimum number of calories. It's not impossible, but it's going to mean planning and tracking every bite.
You'll also probably benefit from amping up workouts or changing to another type of activity. If you've been doing the same types of workout for a while, you learn to do it efficiently. Switching to something you don't really know how to do will help you "waste" calories by doing extra movement. The newbie in a class or sport who flails around and looks silly is the one who's burning the most calories!
As others have said, it would be a good idea to get your body fat percentage measured accurately first. Body fat percentage or body composition is a totally different thing from BMI. Anybody can figure BMI; it's just your weight in kilograms divided by the square of your height in meters. The "healthy" range was calculated by weighing and measuring millions of people worldwide and figuring out a general average range. It does correlate better with body fat than just your weight would, but it was never meant for looking at a particular person and saying, "You're too fat." All it can say is, "You weigh more than average for someone your height." And the "overweight" category never had any correlation to health, anyway. There's no increased statistical risk of any health problem until you get to a BMI of 30.
Body fat percentage is a better measure, but it's expensive and requires a lot of training. If you don't have a way to get it done cheaply, the next best thing is height-to-waist ratio. Here's a calculator for that: www.health-calc.com/body-composition/waist -to-height-ratio (I like this thing, because while I'm barely overweight by BMI, it says I would have to add another two inches around my waist to be in the "consider action" category here!)
Take all of those things into consideration, and decide whether you really need to lose weight at all. If you're not definitively overweight, the under-eating it would take to lose weight might be more harmful than having a few extra pounds.
bmi is a really great resource for seeing if you're where you should be. you're in the normal category. that's fine. you don't need to be worried about being near the upper part of it. because you're aren't supposed to be in the bottom or the middle or the top. doesn't matter where you are, anywhere in the normal range is fine. the way i think of bmi is that it takes people, doesn't account for their lifestyle choices but statistically tells you if you're probably healthy. unlike a bodyfat percentage test [which is hard to get accurately done], bmi is easy to do and all you need is your height and weight. i always think of it this way. people with the smallest frames are going to run in the bottom third of the bmi range. in the middle you're going to find the people with medium frames and the small framed people who are really athletic. at the top [where you are] are going to be the people with large frames and the medium framed people who are really athletic. just over the top of the healthy bmi charts [yes, in the overweight category] is where the people with large frames who are really athletic are going to be at their ideal weights. and they're going to be very healthy at that size. it's all about what works for you. if you're really worried, you should make the effort to get your bodyfat tested. it's the gold standard. and you need to either have a knowledgeable dr use calipers or get dunked. the bathroom scale has a margin of error of something like 20%, so it's hardly worth it. if you're one point away from overweight, but you're at 20% bodyfat, you're golden. that just means you have a large frame or that you have a medium frame but are athletic. and it means you're already at a healthy place for you. don't sweat that your bone structure and lifestyle habits mean that you skew towards the top when compared with other people your height. just like someone has to be at the bottom, other people have to be at the middle, you're one of the people that has to be at the top. doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you, it just has to happen to have a statistical distribution. just like a loaf of bread or an avocado. a loaf of bread will have a middle portion, a right end and a left end. doesn't mean any part that load is better than the other, that's just what it takes to make a loaf of bread. by the same token an avocado has a small end, a big end and a seed. it doesn't mean any part of that avocado is a better part to be. it's just what you have to have to call it an avocado.
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I drowned in articles trying to cover my daily basic needs.. A Dietitians help can hit problems more correctly and help faster from muddling my way through my busy daily life.. I have information I can refer back to if I can't remember quantities and now weigh and measure my food with dedication..I know all the whys, whats and when and becauses to sit tight and trust the process!
BMI- a 100 year old dinosaur not tailor made for women whom now exercise.. My scales can't tell me I have put on 5 cms across my back and chest in solid muscle to make my upper body even with lower body or increased my biceps from 25 to 32 cms not pumped..
BMI is not the best judge of health/fitness level. Sure, if you're majorly overweight BMI will accurately point that out. But it can't account for different body styles. If you're fairly muscular, you can weigh more than someone of the same height who is not muscular. That doesn't automatically make them healthier than you.
Are you measuring your food and tracking what you eat on SP? If not, you're probably eating a lot more calories than you think. Even healthy foods will cause weight gain if you aren't careful about your portions.
I eat well. No red meat, no sodas, lots of veggies, whole grains, low fat dairy, no sweets...big no, no. I have a nutritionist, and my personal trainer took my bmi....perhaps my doc could help. Thanks for your input =)
BMI is only one indicator of health. And it is not a good measurement for people who are muscular. I noticed in your post that you are pretty toned.
You can go to your doctor and have your body fat measured. I would think that would be a better way to find out if you are actually overweight.
Congratulations on all your progress!
Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 6/1/2012 (09:21)
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Are you watching what you eat? I've discovered that even IF I am eating healthy there are foods that don't allow me to lose weight! For me it's too much bread (so I eat open faced sandwiches) & potatoes (I try to NEVER eat fries & only eat a baked potatoe or healthy mashed once a month). Those are trigger foods for me.
If necessary see a dietician AND your doctor. Find out what's going on!
I workout 6 days a week, I eat very well, I dont sweat the small stuff. I've been doing this for over 2 yrs now, but my bmi is saying im one point away from being overweight. Im a little more than concerned. Any ideas on how to amp up my weight loss? Ive built muscle..pretty toned upper body.
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