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!