I'm not sure I understand how they arrive at those "ideal weights", they seem far too low. 112 lbs would be the bare minimum a woman would want to weigh at 5'4. Anything less and you'd be venturing into being underweight. I'm 5'2 and my ideal weight is supposedly 105 lbs which is the very bottom of the healthy BMI for someone my height. I reached 107 lbs and was way too skinny, I began losing fat from places I'd rather not and I was looking quite waifish. This is coming from someone who likes to be small and tiny! But I was beginning to look unhealthy. My doctor even told me I needed to gain weight when I went in for my physical and said I should weigh around 115 lbs.
I now weigh 120 lbs and am finding it very easy to maintain that weight. I was 110 lbs before gaining weight during my pregnancies and looked healthy and curvy in my early 20's. While losing my pregnancy weight I gained a lot of muscle so now I look too skinny at that weight and look healthier at 120 lbs and actually have the same measurements (wear the same sized clothes) I did in my early 20's at 105-110 lbs.
I think 120-130 lbs for someone your age and your height would be a lean and healthy goal weight. Once you get there you can decide if that's the weight you wish to maintain. I personally don't care much about scale weight/BMI/ideal weight. Body fat % is more tell-tale when you're in your healthy BMI.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 11/4/2013 (19:22)
Take your focus off the Marshmallow. www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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