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TACDGB Posts: 6,132
12/4/13 2:11 P

at 5 ft 3 I am at the right body fat%. I had mine tested at my gym. I am within the normal range for my weight and how tall I am. You have to decided what is best for you. Others can't tell you what to weigh. I have people a lot tell me that I am too skinny. But it's my body so I get to decide. My health is better and I feel better. I also believe that it's also based on any health issues you may have. My arthritis handles the lower weight as it is easier on my joints. I would get your body fat tested so you have good idea of what you need to know. It is so much more accurate than the BMI charts.

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12/4/13 12:29 P

If you are using BMI tables, those tend to be OVERLY generous to short people.

Ask a doctor who knows you and your health profile for an opinion.

KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 1,754
12/4/13 8:05 A

I used to go by the scale but not anymore. I have found that even though i am in the 180s when people guess my weight they put me in the 160 category, yet bmi calculations say i am in the upper range of being overweight. I have learned to go by how i feel now and how my target clothes fit. I keep on eating right (still a struggle) and exercising but have stopped obsessing over numbers. Its too stressful and doesn't that mean more cortisol?

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12/4/13 5:54 A

Go by how I feel - not too much on BMI or body fat

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12/4/13 1:30 A

Very interesting looking at that body fat chart. Thanks for the link.

HHUGHES71 SparkPoints: (62,120)
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12/3/13 10:16 P

Thanks. That chart makes me feel better than that Height and Weight Chart.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,279
12/3/13 8:44 P

Take a look at the age/body fat tables at www.builtlean.com/2010/08/03/ideal-body-fa
t-percentage-chart/


That site also has some useful photos of what different body fat levels look like.

M@L

HHUGHES71 SparkPoints: (62,120)
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12/3/13 7:37 P

What is the range on percentage of body fat that would be considered healthy?

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,279
12/3/13 7:27 P

Actually, the author of the article has a problem with those methods too. The whole thrust of Part 1 is "These methods (height/weight, BMI) exist and are simple to use, but they are pretty crude and not all that useful in terms of setting a weight target."

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,657
12/3/13 6:46 P

Height/weight charts are just one method of determining your goal weight, but they don't work for everyone. The best method is % body fat, which can be tested at most gyms for a small fee.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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12/3/13 5:27 P

I understand. 10 years ago, before I gave birth I was 130. Right now I am at 143 and my husband told me to stop losing weight before I lost my ass. haha-

HHUGHES71 SparkPoints: (62,120)
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12/3/13 5:08 P

I just finished reading this article and have an issue w/ what is considered an ideal weight using the height/ weight chart. I am 5 ft 2 in and according to that I "should" weight 110. Back when my hubby and I first met I weighed 125 and had several people tell me that I was "too skinny." After having 3 children, I would be thrilled to hit 135-140 lbs b/c I think I would look healthy and it would be a weight that I could maintain. I am afraid losing any more than that would be a health risk and not something I could maintain for the long haul.

Any thoughts?

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