I'm still not convinced that the BMI is accurate for everyone. For instance, a co-worker of my hubby, when the military was pushing BMI was sent to the doctor because he was considered above his range.
However, once the doctor saw him, he shook his head. The man was pretty much pure muscle - he worked out frequently, and was probably in the very low end of the body fat scale.
So, while the BMI range can give you an idea; it's not completely a view of each individual.
I second, or third, or whatever number the ten-pound-goal. That's what I've been doing - because looking at a "final" number can be overwhelming. When I think I've reached what makes me comfortable; then I'll work at maintaining and/or toning/firming (not that I won't exercise prior to that).
Best wishes on whatever decision you make - just ensure it's right for you. There are no hard and fast rules regarding goal setting. Make sure you give yourself non-food rewards periodically. My most recent has been to order shoes online - ones that my heaviest self wouldn't be caught dead wearing
It's better not to think in ideals and absolutes as that's not realistic. Ideals and absolutes just don't exist in real life, so why would you want to measure up to something someone else calls ideal? Better to live a healthy life and see where your body feels comfortable settling, weight-wise. That's not just my opinion but was told to me by an expert in the field of eating disorders.
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There are a number of different ways to set your personal goal weight.
You can use the BMI (body mass index) calculator, which will tell you where you are on that index according to your height & weight- then you see where your index # fits within the different categories (normal weight, overweight, etc).
There are also a few other "ideal weight" calculators out there that you can google, they can really vary though.
In the end it's really up to you- where you feel comfortable and healthy, with a good lifestyle that you can maintain.
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I think you should set a goal, and then re-assess it once you reach it. Ie: Once you get to 150 lbs, decide if you want to lose another 10 lbs, etc.
I originally had my goal weight as 135 (I'm 5'7"), and then thought "Oh, that's unrealistic...I can't be that skinny!" So I moved it up to 150 lbs. Once I hit 150, I moved it down to 145. Once I hit 147.2 lbs, I moved it down to 140. You'll be surprised at what you can do!! Don't sell yourself short! :)
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105, but I'll be glad to get back to 125...then I'll reevaluate
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i would be happy to be between 155-165
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I'm 5 ft 3.5 and my ideal weight is 125. I don't know if I'm overreaching though because I have never weighed that little in my life. Maybe when I was like 10. My lowest adult weight is 140, but I stuck around 160. Either way, both of those are overweight for my stature.
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I don't know what my "end goal" will be. I am just taking it one step at a time. My first mid-term goal has been to get out of the "oberse" BMI category and into the "overweight" category. That will happen at 162 pounds.
After that, I am not sure ... though I will probably try to get down to the "healthy" category (somewhere around 135).
I have this fantasy of getting down to what I weighed in high school (118), but I'm not sure that's going to be really do-able.
So I am just taking it one step at a time.
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I am about 5' 3 1/2" and weigh around 120. I have been 130 and more but feel that is too pudgy for my liking.
Years ago I weighed in at 130, but still had maybe 10 pounds I could have lost. Also, I was thin, but had no strength, I was weak, had little muscles. I have a medium bone structure, 5'3 in height, and at 130 I was a size 8.
My goal is to get back to that size 8, but I want to be a lot stronger than I was in the past, so have my target weight set at 140 range, but accounting for muscle dentisy in that weight number.
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I'm under 5'1" with a really tiny frame. I'd be happiest at 98-100 pounds - so I'm still working on it!
120 would be great, but I'd settle for 130 to start with.
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What about medium frame? I am the same height, but I have bigger shoulders/thighs.. have the athletic build. I was trying to remember what I weighed back in my 20's, but can't LOL I would like to be 120 or so, but not sure if my frame will handle it or not.
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Funny what age does to you. My highest weight ever was over 325 in the 80's. When I joined SP, I was 226 and now I am at 168 which is less that I weighed in HS. Trouble is, I had a lot of muscle mass back in the 50;s and now I have very little. The charts say I should be 150 lb at 5' 10" . I havent been there since the 6th grade I think.
Oh well, Onward and upward.
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I recommend going for the top of the healthy BMI scale for you. I did that, added 160 calories per day and very slowly lost another 30 pounds over about the next 60 weeks. Every time I thought I was too skinny, after I lived a month at that weight, I wanted to lose a little more. So now I've been a BMI of 21 or under for 3 years and really like it.
I agree to try 10 lbs at a time and see how you feel. Now I am 5ft 3 and I don't want to be 130 lbs. That's just me. I like my body more now at this weight.................even tho I'd like to drop 4 more lbs. Good luck for you in this.
I'm 5'2 and it says ideal weight of 130 as well ..... I think I will go for it but if I look "skinny" I will stop. I want to be fit not skinny! I have never been that weight before...seems really small but because I am short...maybe it will work well. Just have to wait and see!
I second the advice to go 10 pounds at a time and see what happens.
You might be very surprised-- I didn't think I would ever get below about 150, but I blew past it almost without noticing. The top of the "healthy" BMI range was fairly easy to reach, and I realize now that the goal weight on most of the charts really isn't unreasonable. But it's also important to realize that you don't necessarily have to get "thin." Every pound you lose will improve your health, and getting close is just about as good as getting all the way there.
instead of picking a long term goal, start with some short term ones. go ten pounds at a time and whenever you reach that ten pounds, decide whether to stay there or go for another. there is a 30lb range for each height that you'll most likely fall into, but there isn't any way of knowing with certainty what's best for you until you are there and can see what you're like at that size. so focus on the smaller goals for right now and as you get closer you can better determine where is going to work for you.
I'm 5'3", and have been 'told" I should be 130 pounds. I don't recall ever... being 130, even when I was in high school. I was at least 150-160, and a size 12... I do want to set my "goal" weight, and would like to know where I should be?
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