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12/15/13 2:08 P

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There are several body types depending on your genetics that translate where the fat is stored. The amount of fat composition is dependent on our total weight but we will retain a certain percentage of that fat no matter what we do based on genetics. I am short and petite but I have defied some of my own preformed notion that I would be stuck with huge thighs. I will continue to pursue a thinner core but I also keep in mind that my aunts and uncles all had fat deposits in the same areas. There is a limit to the body composition that we may need to accept. We can build muscle around the fat and loose a lot of the fat but some of it is on our bodies for protection. As a therapist I see that the older we get the more important it becomes to have adipose (fat) in certain areas to absorb shock when we fall.

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12/15/13 1:14 P

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There are also other factors to consider. What are your general proportions. For example, for women, are you genetically predisposed to having large breasts or small ones? Do you have narrow hips or broad?

I have very short legs in relation to the length of my torso. The length of my torso is what you would expect to see on a woman 2 or 3 inches taller than I am. So if my torso is at a nice weight, it appears broad for my height and weighs more than the torso of someone who has a normal-lenght torso in relation to our common height. In other words, 3 inches of torso height weighs more than 3 inches of leg height.

We are all different, with different genetically determined proportions. We each need to find what works best for our particular skeletal structure and genetic predispositions.

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12/15/13 8:16 A

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Before I gained weight during my pregnancies I always looked nice and healthy at 5'2 110 lbs. I didn't look too skinny, still had curves. I have a small frame size.

Then I gained a massive amount of weight during my first pregnancy. Lost quite a bit of it through Sparkpeople but then gained a lot again in my second pregnancy and rejoined Sparkpeople. This time around, I did a lot of weight lifting while losing weight. I reached my goal weight of 105-110 lbs and my measurements were completely different then I was before my pregnancies. Instead of being a curvy 35-25-35, I was 33-26-33 and looked very waify.

I gained about 15 lbs back while weight lifting (gaining muscle) and went to 35-27-35. Now I've lost a bit more and am back at 117 lbs but my measurements are 35-26-35 and I'm quite happy at this weight (a range between 115-120 lbs) which is in the middle of my healthy BMI.

Even though I have a small frame size, weight lifting has helped me to raise my lean body mass and lower my body fat percentage so I'm smaller... at a heavier weight. I still wear a size 1-2 in clothes. A size most women my height would wear at the low end of our BMI range and what I wore at 107 lbs (10 lbs lighter) but I fill them out much better now! My pants are no longer falling off my seat, I actually have a little something to hold them up but my waist is still small. Body composition and weight training is where it's at. :)

To sum it up, I look much better 10 lbs heavier but am still the same size (measurements) that I was when I was 10 lbs lighter before my weight gain because I have a lot more muscle and a lower body fat percentage. If I were to start dipping below 115 lbs now, I'd probably start to look pretty unhealthy and gaunt.

I think once you're around your healthy BMI that it definitely comes down to other factors; frame size, body fat percentage, body type that will determine a healthy weight for you as an individual.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 12/15/2013 (08:33)

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12/14/13 8:03 P

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Frame size does play some role, but the main difference between appearance and weight is normally down to the amount of muscle, and the difference in density between fat and muscle. The photo at
shows the difference in density between fat and muscle, and how somebody can be heavy and thin at the same time.


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12/14/13 7:08 P

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It's true, I've never looked my weight.


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12/14/13 6:18 P

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So is it true that people can be the same height, and possess a different body type, and still look good or fitter at different weights? Has anyone ever thought you weighed a lot less or were a lot slimmer, because your solid or how your built?

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