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The ideal weight

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I have a lot on my mind today. I weighed in at a GNC scale the other day. They give a range based on height, and build. I put in 5'8", and a large build, and the range it gave me was 156 - 172. I chose 172 as a starting weight because I once weighed 183 with a 32" waist, and that was close, plus it is the top weight, and large is the top build. Plus 172 seemed very light.

My doctor thinks I should be at 156, less weight = less stress on the heart. At 225, I still feel fat. I am starting to get loose skin, and that isn't looking good. More weight loss = more loose skin. My doctor and I have different

I can't even imagine weighing 156. That sounds like a females weight. Plus I am not small framed. I do not work out with weights, so maybe it will allow me to drop lower than when I powerlifted.

I am still 53 lbs from 172, so I will need to get there before worrying about 156. For those of you at or near GW, did you pick a starting weight that was still overweight, and have to reset? Did you just randomly choose that goal, or use some chart like I did? What was your reasoning?

My brother weighed 168 lbs at 5'10" in high school, so I am wondering if the lower weight is where I should be, and I just can't wrap my mind around such a small number. When I was growing up, the ideal weight was 200 lbs on a 6" tall man. Now we realize that he was
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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/3/2013 10:19PM

    I picked my goal weight of 150 because it was the one that I held steady once I finished puberty and held on through early adulthood. I have a medium bone frame, so I am aiming for that. I'm not sure how I'll look at that, but we'll see in 30 pounds. I'll never look good at the mid range of 135 the charts say, or at least in my mind. We'll see if I decide to try for 140, but I'm not there yet.

As you get closer, see how you feel with the number that works best for you when you're at the weight that suits you best. It's all about healthy, not about the actual number.

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ADEWYN 1/3/2013 6:29PM

    i am small boned... my range is 120-140 for 5 '4" and half :D

i went with 140 but i would really like to get to 130... i willl NEVER see anything below 130 again .. not after having thanks kids...

But when you start off at 210 .140 seems so far away now that i am holding at 161 it seems more doable and when i get there i will be able to tell if that is what my body really wants to be at.... if it does great if it goes lower great but it is gonna be a struggle to get to 140 lol... with the meds i am on... just have to keep on pushing.... i cant see you at 156 but hey if you are comfortable at 172 then the doctor should be too.... and if you get to 172 and feel like hey i can lose more then fine if not dont sweat it.. it is all about our comfort not theres lol... pffft

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CLPURNELL 1/2/2013 5:19PM

    My initial goal weight is still considered obese. I carry a lot of muscle even when I had visible ab muscles in High school I was 195 at my lightest. I couldn't imagine lighter than that. If the BF measurements I have had done are accurate I have a lean body mass of around 200 pounds. So say with 10% bf I should be around 220. I would see if the doc could tell you what your lbm(lean body mass) is I would add 10-15% to that and set that as an ideal weight. I need to hit my original goal first then I will focus on the last 30 pounds.

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-POOKIE- 1/2/2013 2:18PM

    The goal weight I was given (and reached with damn hard work) was 140.

It "fitted" in BMI

However BMI is a load of horse apples.

Especially with the skin issue, off my arms I had 2.5 and 2 kilos removed, so thats a LOT... from just my arms! Let alone the weight of what my tummy and legs carried, so thats something I've taken into my new goal of 150 lbs.

I think you should consider that as well.

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CHUM48 1/2/2013 12:25PM

    Remember this it's only a number! as you continue to lose weight you will find a number you feel comfortable at it may not be 156, it maybe 165, listen to your body! that's what's important! Happy New Year!

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