Body Composition

Monday, June 02, 2008

I thought this might help some of you, who may have, like me, been struggling with setting a goal weight.

Initially, I set my goal weight at 140 pounds. Basically I picked this based on BMI. At 140 pounds, my BMI would be 22.6, and nobody could possibly tell me I was overweight.

But the more I lose, the more 140 pounds seems like an unlikely target. People look at me in disbelief when I say I want to lose another 75 pounds.

Recently, I had a body composition analysis done at the gym. I was told that my lean body mass (i.e. bone, muscle, blood -- basically everything except fat) is 131 pounds. Given that lean body mass should stay constant, or in fact increase, 140 pounds seems downright foolish as a target, since that would mean I'd have only 6% body fat. Completely unhealthy for a woman.

Armed with this new information, I've decided to set a new weight goal based on body fat percentage. I'm targeting 23% body fat, which is right in the middle of the "fitness" range for women. This means my new target weight is 170 pounds. I feel much better about this target than I did about 140. It actually seems achievable.

At 170 pounds, with a tummy tuck and breast lift, I will be super hot!!

Body fat % tables are available here: www.healthchecksystems.c
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