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MYKIDSRSWEET SparkPoints: (12,017)
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7/5/13 4:37 P

I agree with you. I am 5'7" too..and my goal is 160. I weighed that when I was married and had a rocking body, I just always have been heavier than the charts. I hope to be there soon!

KPERCYMAN1 SparkPoints: (653)
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7/5/13 9:43 A

When I was in the Army I weighed 125 lbs and wore an 8/10 and bra size of 34D with a 23 inch waist. U was muscular and people said I looked like a body builder. I have a small frame but am a true coke bottle shape and will always be curvy. Now I am 196 and a size 14/16.

Everyone is different. There is a website that you can enter your height and weight to see all the different shapes and sizes in that range. It is very interesting and eye opening.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
7/4/13 9:31 P

Don't stress over that number. I weigh more than I did at my lightest but am a full size smaller because of low body fat. I'm down to 23% and at age 50, it's not going to get much better than that without some rigid restrictions. I may go lower slowly over time but I'm happy where I'm at. I wear a size 6 petite, which is the smallest I've ever been as an adult and that's including high school. Even with that, I have a sturdy frame and look really solid. I'll never look waifish unless I got seriously ill.

I ran the numbers once and I would actually have to lose muscle mass to hit the lower end of my BMI range. So,no, it's not just you. Find *your* happy (and healthy) weight and be proud.

SHELLSPACE SparkPoints: (7,059)
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7/4/13 9:22 P

I always have been even at my thinnest! I weighed 175 and took a size small to medium in tops and could wear my victoias secret jeans! No one believed what I weighed! Even now I don't look my weight. I think it has to do with muscle and other things. I was in college ( in my 30s) and had a fitness class. They did BMIs and mine was 29 or 30 and I was shocked. The instructor told me part of it has to do with if you have had kids too. She was not at all concerned. My heart rate was great so was my stamina:) Now to get back to that again!

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7/4/13 8:53 P

Me too! I am dense--all muscle except for my belly and chest.

I have a ridiculously long torso and short legs, which messes up the BMI thing for me. My legs are about as long as people who are a foot shorter than I am. Plus I am carrying around at least 20 pounds of boobs which aren't going anywhere.

Basically I am built like a linebacker. Too bad there aren't any women's football leagues!

TINYRN2011 SparkPoints: (20,569)
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6/28/13 7:59 P

I don't normally admit my weight, but when I do people usually don't believe me. I am 4'9" tall, and last Sunday I weighed 155.

I'm "supposed" to weigh 108. I had a doctor recently tell me that I'd be at a perfect weight if I was 5'9"!! (I still can't decide if this was mean or not; kind of eye-opening though).

That's totally unrealistic. I did WW about 15 years ago, and I felt healthy at 125. That's my goal now.

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6/26/13 4:39 P

I am right with you! I'm also 5'7" and at 154 and medium frame, I'm the healthiest I've ever been. I've weighed less and worn a bigger size than I do now. I look better in clothes than my sister, who weighs less but doesn't work out. This is where my body wants to be with *mostly* healthy eating and moderate exercise, which makes it sustainable. Don't give the scale so much power over you! Even if you stay this weight, eating right and exercising does amazing things for your health, mind, stress level. Enjoy what your body can do, treat it right, and love it unconditionally. In ten years you'll look back and wish you had the body that you didn't appreciate today.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
6/26/13 3:07 P

Here's a Spark article about it:

"Accuracy: Since only an individual's height and weight are used, BMI does not provide a differentiation of fat and lean muscle weight. For most adults, however, there is a clear correlation between higher BMI and negative health consequences.

Limitations: BMI is an average that is based on population studies. Because it does not differentiate between fat and nonfat weight, it may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build. In the same way, it may underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle mass."

EEJAYBEE Posts: 261
6/26/13 1:53 P

I have the same problem- I'm 5'7-8 ish and weigh 170- and need to lose another 7 or so pounds to get to a healthy BMI. I am very pear shaped.
What is a "very athletic" figure? I run 3 times a week (30 mins) and have been doing so for over a year, but wouldn't consider myself to be particularly athletic (I don't think I'm yet running 5k, let alone a marathon!)
The dietitian at work told me that women store more fat as they get older (I'm 40). Does the BMI take account of this?

PERFECTVELVET SparkPoints: (65,392)
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6/26/13 12:56 P

The BMI chart is notoriously awful. I can't believe the CDC still supports it.

Ask your doctor. My doctor told me not to dip below 175 (which is 28.2, or overweight and closer to obese than normal) because my frame wouldn't be able to handle it, and I would look emaciated. I trust her more than I do a chart that doesn't take anything else into consideration.

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6/26/13 12:14 P


Do you do a lot of strength training ? Are you very athletic ? People who are very fit and carry more lean muscle than average are more DENSELY packed than someone who is overweight and sedentary.

While lean muscle isn't heavier than fat, it takes up less space on the body because it is denser than fat. As a result, you could wear a size 6-8 pants, but your BMI may be high. And that doesn't mean you're overweight.

A body builder with 7% body fat is considered morbidly obese by BMI standards. I'd hardly call a body builder fat. BMI is one way to measure your health. And it isn't always the best when measuring someone who is active. My BMI can be anywhere from 24-26 depending on water weight. People will tell you, I'm not fat.

However, I am pretty fit and carry extra muscle.

How did you get that 24% body fat percentage ? Are you using one of those hand held meters or a body fat scale ? If so, take that reading with a grain of salt. Those meters are notoriously inaccurate. If you really want to know what your current body fat is, go to your local gym and have a PT do a 9 point caliper test. they'll pinch areas of your body with a set of calipers. the readings will be put into equations and a percentage chugged out. Don't let them use a body fat scale. Make them use calipers. they are more accurate.

If you're very active, your lean muscle may be higher than typical. If so, that would explain why you're scale heavy, but can wear smaller sized clothing.

Also, even if you aren't very athletic, you may have a large frame for your size. People do come in many different shapes and sizes.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
6/26/13 11:41 A

Are you very athletic?

Muscle is very dense... and a small package can weigh quite a lot... but muscle weight, you do NOT want to lose.

The BMI is fine for your "average" person as an "average" guide but it doesn't take individual body composition into account.... if you are physically fit/strong/muscular, you're better off gauging "whether you need to lose weight or not" by other means such as body fat percentage.

Editing to add: re "Lately, it's felt like I shouldn't even bother eating right and exercising because no matter how hard I try I have been stuck in the 160s, which is "overweight." - ok well you know what - no matter WHAT you weigh... you DO want to bother to eat right and exercise. Why wouldn't you! Isn't it better to be "overweight but fit healthy active and strong?"

PS I really don't think you are "overweight" given your body fat and measurements...!!!!

Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 6/26/2013 (11:44)
6/26/13 10:33 A

Is anyone else heavy for their size? My mom always says I'm "built like depleted uranium," but it would be nice to know if someone else has my same problem.

I am 5'7" and weigh 163 lbs (have for a long time now). According to the BMI chart, I still have about 10-15 lbs to lose; and that's not taking into consideration my frame size, which is "small" according to the wrist measurements. But with 24% body fat, my body measurements are 38-28-38 (bust-waist-hips). When I wear a size 6-8 (US), can I really be that overweight?

I know this is a "fishing for compliments" type post, but I really need some validation. Lately, it's felt like I shouldn't even bother eating right and exercising because no matter how hard I try I have been stuck in the 160s, which is "overweight."

But it is worth it, right?

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