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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,451
7/16/13 9:30 P

BMI has height and weight as the only two inputs. There are no 'other factors'.


GLOYNBYW SparkPoints: (10,817)
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7/16/13 7:29 P

That is pretty much what I am doing. I know I want to feel better, I want to be firmer so I am doing that. I did fine one BMI, ( wish I had kept it) that when I put in a lot more factors, it had me one pound over weight. Not almost 35.

7/16/13 5:49 P

I am also barely below obesity on the BMI scale, but most people think I'm a "normal" weight, as I'm big-boned, even though I'm only 5'4". Someone at work took me aside yesterday and said, "You're losing a lot of weight; are you OK?" like maybe I had a terminal disease. Someone else told me yesterday "If you don't stop losing weight, you're going to blow away." Maybe she was just being nice, but most people guess my weight about 50 pounds less than it actually is.

I sure don't want to be obese and I want to push the number on the scale down, but BMI is a crude tool, so the others here are right, it's better to focus on overall fitness and health.

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7/16/13 4:54 P

GLOYNBYW, I am also just below "obesity" based on standard BMI tables and I wear a size 10/12. I'm 5'10" and an hourglass with a very long torso and extra-large bone structure. BMI is especially inaccurate for those of us who are very short or very tall. It tends to be overly generous to the short and cheat those of us who are tall. BMI also doesn't work well if you are very muscular.

Ask your doctors what they think. I talked to three different doctors and all of them seem to think that my goal weight (190) is fine or even a little too low for me in spite of the fact that it is still overweight based on BMI.

CEILMARY Posts: 13
7/16/13 12:21 P

I am 4' 11" and 125 lbs. I would like to lose another 5 lbs., but I haven't been able to shift the weight. I've been tracking calories again, and I exercise at least 4 days a week (swimming, walking, or strength training). I feel good, and I can do lots of stuff I couldn't do (move bags of mulch, walk 5 miles to the beach) a year ago. My doctor is happy at this point...I was 205 lbs at my heaviest! My numbers (triglycerides, cholesterol, etc.) are normal or low. So if I don't lose the last few pounds, it's ok. I've noticed that although the weight isn't shifting, I'm still losing inches and toning up.

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7/16/13 11:34 A

MY BMI is just below obesity according to the scale, yet I sure don't feel that fat. I can walk, I fit into a size 12 after just losing 5 pounds. I am working on getting it back to the okay side of the chart just because I know if I ever go to a doctor, they only look at numbers.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
7/16/13 11:23 A

Especially if your body fat is at a low level, (or healthy) 130 might be just fine for you. Like everyone said, reevaluate and go from there!

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7/14/13 1:23 P

I am 5'2" and started my weght loss at 203 pounds. I have kept my ultimate weight goal vague as this is a learning process -- and my thinking about such issues evolves as I learn more and more throughout my journey.

At first, I just wanted to get down to 175, a weight that allow me to fit into most of the clothes I already owned. Once I reached that goal, I wanted to get to 160, which would take me out of the "obese" category and into the "overweight" category. That weight also allows me to shop in the "petite" section of most clothing stores, where things are proportioned better for my height.

Now I am trying to get below 150 and I fantasize about getting to 135, which would put me in the "healthy" category. Once I get to 135, I don't know what I will do. Maybe I will be able to maintain that weight forever. Maybe I'll find I can't maintain it and will have to stay somewhere in the 140's. Maybe I'll find that I can go lower and get down to what I weighed in college (125) or even high school (115).

One thing I have learned on my journey is that we can't predict the future -- and we can't know for sure what will happen with our bodies and our health. I'm just taking it "one day at a time" and moving forward.

Good luck to you!

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,289
7/14/13 8:01 A

The BMI is just a rough estimate-- it does not take into consideration muscle mass. Many athletes would be "overweight" or even "obese" according to the BMI but in actuality, they are far from it. BMI looks at height and weight and not body fat percentage or anything else.

So if you're comfortable setting your goal at 130, set it there. When you reach 130 you can always adjust that a bit, IF you feel you want to. Personally I'm not so concerned with what the scale says I weigh-- I'm more concerned with my fitness level and how I fit in my clothes.

VICSAC Posts: 418
7/14/13 7:19 A

I am also 5 foot. I have set my goal at 125 which puts me at the top of healthy BMI. It was a weight which I have had as an adult post children, I think it was a good and realistic weight. When I look at pictures when I was younger and in the 105 range it looks too skinny.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,451
7/14/13 6:55 A

Especially as your goal is muscle tone, you are probably better off going by body fat percentage rather than total body weight.


HFITZ1 Posts: 68
7/13/13 10:11 P

Thanks! My main goal is just to be healthier overall. I'm trying not to focus on the number on the scale as much.

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7/13/13 9:22 P

I think you have a really good target at 130! Once you get down to that, then you can readjust....

Remember that you will likely be able to lose 1-2lbs a week to start with....and then it will slow the time you are close to 130, a half pound a week will be **really** good! So part way through your weight loss, you might want to re-enter your goal along with updating your exercise calories burned to get a re-adjusted calories range.....

Enjoy your journey---it sounds like you have a level head (not picturing yourself back at 90lbs!!)---so you should do well!!

HFITZ1 Posts: 68
7/13/13 8:58 P

I set my goal weight at 130 but for my height(5'0") that is technically still overweight according to BMI calculators. Before having kids and beginning to gain weight, I was about 90lbs, but I don't want to be that thin. I would like to have some muscle tone and keep some shape to my body. What would be a good goal weight?

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