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)
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. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
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