For me, I am 5'1 but I am fairly busty for my height/size. I want to get down to around 115-120ish (no ticker yet sorry), maybe 125ish if I can build more muscle.
I figured out this weight based on what is considered healthy for my size, as well as past experiences. For awhile I was around 100-105. Due to the fat stored in my chest (i.e. busty-ness) and from being out of shape, this was considered underweight by my doctor. I do not want to get unhealthy. I want to be in a healthy weight range, but feel good/look good.
Thanks for the feedback everyone! I'm now a steady 90 and I look fine, in my estimation. I am now trying to keep the weight on and not dip any lower. It is highly individualized and I think everyone has to find their own "ideal". ^_^
I'm 4' 11" 3/4 to be exact & when I started a new job right after high school I dropped over 20 lbs in a month. Not on purpose mind you. I weighed barely 100 on a good day after dropping the 20. I felt fine at the time & liked it, but when people saw me years after that they told me I was too skinny back then. But I think everyone's body is different & everyones view of each others bodies are different. So as long as your doctor thinks you're healthy & you are happy, then that's all that matters.
I guess you just have to see how you look. When I was in a coma for a month a number of years I was actually slightly below my "goal" weight and very lacking in condition. At that point I was "ribby" and fatigued easily. I tend to do a lot of hauling stuff and walking while I do daily animal, plant, and facility care. I reset my goal weight about 15 # higher from knowing that was where it was best for me many years earlier. I am not a bodybuilder, but I have always carried a fair bit of muscle mass developed from regular activities. The target weight is a mean so there are some higher and some lower at that height to develop that average. We still have to look at how much fat we are hauling.
Now if I could just get the secondary stress problem made manageable......
I wouldn't bother unless it becomes a regular thing. If they are unaware of your height, it does seem a little extreme. They do mean well. To give them perspective, tell them you are 4 inches shorter than Jillian Michaels whose goal /maintenance weight is 115.
I recently told a friend that I was trying to keep my diet at 1200-1300 per day and he freaked about how that was too low. I had to explain that 1200 was the BMR for my goal weight. That surprised him, but it did put things in perspective for him.
Elizabeth Starting Weight June 2012- 198 Current Weight 145.4
I'm barely 4'11" and that's standing perfectly straight and tall. I was 97 lbs prior to having my daughter. I look perfect between 95-100 lbs. The comical part is that I just got a spark mail from someone on here that made a comment about my goal weight. My ultimate goal is to be back at 97 lbs. The person told me that seemed extremely low. Now I'm a tad annoyed and wondering if I should remove my weight portion on my ticker.
Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
LOL. I'm 5'0" and haven't been 100 lbs since the eighth grade. I was buying jeans in the boys section of farm and home.
BMI is ridiculously inaccurate. There are so many factors that it does not take into consideration. For example, at 5'0", I'm short, not petite. My shoulders and hips are just as wide as a taller woman's. I just have a 25" inseam. For me 120-125 is ideal, and that requires rigorous maintenance.
I have a friend who is just an inch shorter than me, but she is truly petite. Even when I get to my goal (25% body fat), we won't be borrowing clothes from one another. EVER.
I recommend looking at your Body Fat percentage. 30 % is obese. Under 18% is too thin for women. I think 20-25 is considered healthy and fit. You can now get body composition scales that are accurate within .5%. I took my Ironman brand body composition scale with me and had the caliper body fat analysis done. The two test were within .5 % and both tests are supposed to be accurate within .5%
There are several hand held devices that do that too, but I like having it in my scale.
There is also the waist to hip ratio. The ideal waist-to-hip ratios are 0.80 or lower for women and 0.95 or lower for men.
Elizabeth Starting Weight June 2012- 198 Current Weight 145.4
the thing with BMI charts is that most of them are done incorrectly; they just divide a person's weight by their height and come up with a number, meaning if two people are the same height and weight but one is overweight and the other is muscular, they will come up with the same BMI number. the only way to determine your correct BMI is to have a doctor actually take measurements of the amount of fat on different parts of your body and calculate it the correct way. but if you feel healthy where you're at, and your doc says you're healthy, i don't think you have too much to worry about
Deschroma - what does your doctor say? The charts can be nuts * mom's are often over protective * and if there is even the slightest chance of distoted body image - you can get on the wrong path. My mother is 4'10 and looked marvelous at 95/100. She has always thought she was chunky (and genuinely was as a young person) but now at 72 years old she brags about being 81 pounds.
She has ostoperosis (sp??) - and has fallen several times in the last few months. I always go back to what does your doctor say?
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When you're petite, I've noticed the charts and bmi calculator and whatever else get a little wonky. I've heard so many things. For starters, it's 100 pounds for 5 feet, and 5 pounds under or over for each inch. For me, that would mean, I should ideally weigh between 90-95, since I'm 4'10 1/2.
I weigh 93 right now, and my Mom is getting onto me about being too thin. Some bmi calculators put me at underweight, while in others, I'm normal. How does it work for you? Anyone under 5 ft and have difficulty figuring out what the right weight is?
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