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What's Your Bone Structure?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


This sounds a bit of an odd title, but there's a good reason. I remember going to some kind of weight loss thing and being told that my ideal weight was 125 pounds at 22 years old. I took this to heart and worked my tail off, but I could never really get to this weight. At 160, I was looking quite good, but still thought I needed to lose another 35 pounds according to these people.

I remember looking at my mother, who is 1/2 an inch taller than me and weighed 125. She looked great! She wore (and still does) a size 6 jeans and small/medium clothes and always looks wonderful.

BUT...she also had a smaller bone structure than me. My mother wears a size 5 ring while I wear a size 9 ring. NINE. This is what I wore in High School when I weighed 150 and it's still what wear now. I can't even fit my mother's ring on my pinky! (And she can fit mine on her thumb)

So finally, a teacher of mine (a doctor in biology) helped me with this whole thing. She said there are three types of bone structures (usually) that people fall into:


And here is how to tell what your bone structure is:

On either hand, take your thumb and your pointer finger and wrap them around your other wrist. Do not squeeze, just wrap them around snugly.

If your fingers overlap, you have a small bone structure
If your fingers touch or almost touch/barely overlap, you have a medium bone structure
If your fingers do not touch, you have a large bone structure

Mine don't touch and never will. There's a nice inch gap between my thumb and pointer finger.

I have large bones, which means that 125 pounds is *way* too light for me. I would look emaciated at that weight!

My teacher also suggested that at a small bone structure, add 5 pounds to what the "appropriate weight" indicator tells you. Medium...add 10 to 15 pounds and large, give yourself an extra 20 to 25 pounds.

Also remember height. I'm at a tall 5'2" (and 3/4"!) and so my weight is more plump on me than on a person who is 6'2".

I just thought it would be nice to post this because I know so many girls who go by that online weight calculator and get so screwed up by it.

Good luck and happy weight loss!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MOMMYJAYJAY 4/21/2011 1:48PM

    Thanks for posting. My fingers overlap :( The only skinny thing on me seems to be my wrists and my ankles. So apparently, I can't even say I'm big boned. lol, bummer!

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PSALM42 4/21/2011 11:52AM

    thanks for sharing! I'm a small build, and adding the 5 pounds gets me right where I think is a good weight for me (though we'll see if I ever get there!)

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XNANNY 4/20/2011 6:14PM

    I am big boned too. I did not know this before so thank you for the information. I will be much happier knowing that my weight does not need to be as low as the charts say.

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SARAHO228 4/20/2011 5:05PM

    Thank you this helps a lot!!I am a medium build person. 144 - 122 lbs seems soooo low of a weight to me. The numbers make more sense now.

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