### Sunday, August 16, 2009

How to Determine Body Frame Size

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Step 1 Wrap your thumb and longest finger on one hand around your other wrist. Be sure to wrap around the smallest part of the wrist.

Step 2 Compare this measurement to the following test. If your thumb and finger overlap, then you are small-framed. If they touch, then you are medium framed. If they have a gap, then you are large framed. This is the first body frame size test.

Step 3 Use body frame size test two: measure the smallest part of your wrist, using a tape measure. You might be able to do this on your own, or you might need help.

Step 4 Compare this measurement to the following chart for women: if your height is under 5 feet 2 inches, then a small body size will have a wrist measurement of less than 5.5 inches; a medium body size will have a wrist measurement between 5.5 and 5.75 inches; a large body size will have a wrist measurement over 5.75 inches. For women whose height is 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 5 inches, then a small body frame will have a wrist measurement of less than 6 inches; a medium body size will have a wrist measurement between 6 and 6.25 inches; a large body size will have a wrist measurement over 6.25 inches.For women whose height is over 5 feet 5 inches, then a small body frame will have a wrist size of less than 6.25 inches; a medium body frame will have a wrist size between 6.25 and 6.5 inches; a large body frame will have a wrist measurement over 6.5 inches.

Step 5 Compare this wrist measurement to the following chart for men: if your height is over 5 feet 5 inches, a small framed body will have a wrist size between 5.5 and 6.5 inches. A medium body frame will have a wrist measurement between 6.5 to 7.5 inches. A large body frame will have a wrist measurement over 7.5 inches.

Step 6 Compare the body frame chart for ideal body weight for medium frame women: 100 pounds for the first 5 feet of height, but 5 pounds for each additional inch. Add 10 percent for a large frame and subtract 10 percent for a small frame. So, for example, a medium framed woman who is 5 feet 6 inches would have an ideal body weight of 130 pounds, while a large framed woman the same height would have an ideal body weight of 143 pounds and a small framed woman the same height would have an ideal weight of 117 pounds

Step 7 Compare the body frame chart for ideal body weight for medium frame men: 106 pounds of body weight for the first 5 feet of height, 6 pounds for each additional inch. Add 10 percent for a large frame and subtract 10 percent for a small frame. So, for example, a medium framed man who is 6 feet tall would have an ideal body weight of 178 pounds, while a large framed man the same height would have an ideal body weight of 196 pounds and a small framed man the same height would have an ideal weight of 160 pounds.

The first method is not always the same on me - sometimes my fingers meet, sometimes they won't. But my wrist size is consistently 6" making me a Large Frame.

Using the calculation in Step 6 and being 5'1.5", 100 + 7.5 = 107.5 + 10% = 118.25

This plus the information at

www.caloriesperhour.com/tutorial_ide

al.php is how I came up with my goal weight of 117 lbs.

**edit: 8/17/09

Don't obsess over a number. Your frame size is just a tool to help determine a range of your proper weight.

If you're feeling great at 150, stay there. If 145 sounds like it is doable, try for it.

As you get closer to goal weight, go slowly to allow your body to adjust.

It took me "forever" to be able to stay at 120. My body kept going into panic and causing me hunger pangs. So I ate. Always listen to your body. It took me 3 tries before my body accepted 120.

For me it is good to have a goal to try for. But I am happy where I am and learning how to adjust my regular calorie range according to my exercise.

One day at a time will see you to your goals.

Hugs, thanks for reading my blog,

Linda

**Oct 17, 2009 - I am now maintaining 120-122 lbs and am very happy here!

I've a long way to go till maintenance by I get the picture.

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