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Find Your Perfect Weight - Part 1

Setting a Healthy & Achievable Weight Loss Goal


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  • Excellent article. Thanks for sharing. Good need-to-know information!
    Your age is also a factor. Whenever I lost enough to fit any chart, I looked like I was dying!
  • This is not new to me. None of the guidelines are perfect, in particular the 100 pound & 5 per inch over. Bizarre. No mention of % body fat testing ( calipers ) at seven sites or assessment by sport med physician. Why my skepticism ? We are unique. Work with a professional...considering age as well. No cookie cutter answer here.
  • 118 to 122 for me would be too skinny and I'm not large framed. I'm shooting for 130.
  • I am still considered obese (BMI 33) but I have lost 192 lbs and feel healthier than I ever had. I am at 182 right now and goal is 175. I started at 374. I am happy with myself in all ways.
  • I go by how I feel, not necessarily what the scale says
  • What we think, we become.
    All that we are arises with our thoughts.
    With our thoughts, we make the world.
    - The Buddha
    I like this. Thanks!
  • I cannot go by the charts either @ 4 ft. 10.5 in. I go by whether (or not) I am feeling healthy, am able to do what I need to/want to do and my clothes look nice on me. At 63, I know I'm not going to have the same body shape as I did when I was in my younger years, and that's all right!
  • I never went by the old standard. I was 5'5' (a woman) with small frame (wore size 51/4 in ring) and the "book" said I should weigh from 110-130. At 117 you could count my ribs from across the room when I was fully clothed. 135 was where I felt the best, but I am shorter now than I was then. Instead of pounds, I am trying for the 28" waist I had at that "perfect" weight..
  • First off I have to say I really like Dean's articles AND I noticed the part about these only being approximations.They also don't take into account people's genetics,muscularity etc. And yeah it can hurt I can recall years ago having to go to a Workman Compensation Board clinic here after being hurt at work and noticing that the (rather ignorant) doctor listed me as being "obese" (yeah thanks you didn't look like you turned away from the Golden Arches EITHER fatso). This in spite of having a physically demanding job and working out at home yeah I could stand to lose a few so could a lot of us,As for the insurance height weight charts even as a skinny kid I seemed to be overweight. Go figure,
    muscle vs. fat, obviously. Please pardon the typo.
    This is just wrong. There needs to be a new way to calculate healthy weight that accounts for muscle vs. fast. I'm 5'2 and at 100 pounds, I get asked if I'm anorexic. At 110, I'm a size 0-2 and very skinny. Also, now that I'm over 40, I find such a low weight to be unsustainable. I work out six days a week (heavy weight training, HIIT, etc.), and -through right now I'm a few pounds higher than I'd like to be, I'm still a size 8. I'm a fit, athletic size 6 in the mid to high 120s, and that's what I'm shooting for.

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