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Find Your Perfect Weight - Part 1

Setting a Healthy & Achievable Weight Loss Goal


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  • Definitely a question that takes a bit of thought. According to the BMI charts, I should be between 122 and 164.
    I'm 5'8" and pear-shaped.
    Some folks have asked me my goal weight and are shocked when I say 185 and even more shocked when I show them photos of me when I was at that weight before.
    I was pretty darned comfortable then, why not? I know I definitely don't look right below 160. I'll keep evaluating as I go along. My health is good and I'm active and fit even in the 200's.
  • at 5'6" , 130 lbs is way too low for me. This is completely off base in my opinion. I have a medium to large frame, and achieving this weight would be impossible without sacrificing my health. And frankly, I am tired of hearing what a book, or study tells me I should weigh. I thought this article was to help people find "their" ideal weight.
  • I'm 5'3", and the only way I'd get to 115 would be by removing a few key internal organs. *lol* I'm a sturdy, muscly girl with PCOS and man hands, so finding my "ideal" weight is confusing. Right now I'm aiming for 150, which is still seen as too much by these standards... but I'm a rebel. Hang the standards. I never liked that wrist measurement test as I have slender wrists and ginormous man hands. Seriously, my hands are the same length as my six foot plus Marine boyfriend. My fingers are gonna overlap no matter what! Ha! Anyway, I've been down to 160 and it was nice, and I've been down to 150 with Mono and ended up looking facially gaunt... so I'm thinking 150 the right way will do me good. Once I'm there I'll see if I should go further or maintain.
  • BLONDY01
    Ok so I have been trying to decide on a realistic goal weight for a while, and this article didn't really help me that much. At 5'7", HANWI says I "should" weigh between 121-148, and my Wiifit says I should aim for 140 (BMI 22); I currently weight 235ish. I just don't think that is realistic for me. The frame thing doesn't make sense, I think I have a large frame but my fingers overlap slightly so that means I have a small frame? The lowest I've weighed since middle school was just over 150, after completing military basic training and I wasn't able to maintain that. I was happy in the 180-190 range after I had my son, so I'd like to get back to that but I'd still be considered borderline obese by BMI. My blood pressure/cholesterol/health is decent although I have PCOS. Also, my hip to waist ratio is already .80 where it should be for a lower health risk, I'm very much a pear shape.
  • I don't think these charts are entirely accurate like many posters have also said. Three years ago, I was in the best shape of my adult life at 180 pounds standing at 5"4 and lot of that was muscle. I gained that weight back and hit 248 pounds before I weighed myself and knew that I had to start doing something - or die. I'm down 17 pounds and according to this my BMI is still in the high 30s. I don't feel that way. I know I'll never be skinny, it's not in my genes. But I'll aim for a healthy 160 pd frame and stick with that.
  • Like another person who commented, I tried out the Ideal Weight Calculator on the web. I was curious to see what it said for me. For gender, age, and height I input female, age 40, height 5'4". The results were as follows:

    Based on the Robinson formula (1983), your ideal weight is 123.0 lbs
    Based on the Miller formula (1983), your ideal weight is 129.1 lbs
    Based on the Devine formula (1974), your ideal weight is 120.6 lbs
    Based on the Hamwi formula (1964), your ideal weight is 119.7 lbs
    Based on the healthy BMI recommendation, your recommended weight is 107.8 lbs - 145.6 lbs

    I have a large frame and tend to be muscular. At my healthiest weight (when I was in high school, walked to school, and had 2 phys ed classes) I weighed 140. At one point I got down to 135 and people started saying I looked too thin, unhealthy thin. One of my best friends asked if I was anorexic. So I gained 5 pounds. I felt good and I was healthy. I don't think I could function if I got below 130.

    One question that has never been answered for me (and maybe I just haven't asked the right person or looked in the right place) is how were these "ideal" weight ranges determined? What parameters were used to establish them?

    Since every person is different, no two body make-ups are exactly the same, how can one weight number be "ideal"? The BMI gives a range. However it says I am overweight above 145, when I know that I am comfortable and healthy anywhere between 140 and 160.

    So again I have to ask, how were these baselines decided? And why are they religiously adhered to, when there are so many other contributing factors regarding a healthy weight, like muscle mass, frame size, energy/endurance, and blood pressure, to name a few, that they do not address?

    I can understand the need for a goal to shoot for, but it seems there should be more to decide that than how tall you are (the Ideal Weight Calculator gave me the same results for age 18 as for age 40). And I still question how the baseline was established.

    It seems to me that these tools provide only a loose, rough estimate at best.
    I just used the Ideal Weight Calculator found on the web. It asks for gender, age, height, then gives the weight range. I chose female, age 30, 5'6" for the height so it would be similar to the example in the blog. Here are the results.

    Based on the Robinson formula (1983), your ideal weight is 130.5 lbs
    Based on the Miller formula (1983), your ideal weight is 135.1 lbs
    Based on the Devine formula (1974), your ideal weight is 130.7 lbs
    Based on the Hamwi formula (1964), your ideal weight is 129.4 lbs
    Based on the healthy BMI recommendation, your recommended weight is 114.6 lbs - 154.9 lbs

    So, there are some differences in the "stanard" weights based on whichever "expert" you're following.
    When i try to submit a height for my BMI it keeps telling me to enter a numeric number.. apparently the number 4 isn't numeric enough for them. so I dont get a BMI number here.

  • Who makes up these "rules?"

    I'm 5'0" which means I should be 100 pounds? Are they nuts? I'd be skeletal. I'm comfortable around 130, which is heavy to some but perfect for me. My teenage daughter is 5'1" and about 116 lbs. Her doctor says her weight is perfect with enough leeway to go a few pounds above or below that number. She's a dancer and a runner and more curvy than muscular.

    Whoever came up with a base weight of 100 pounds for 60" is way off. They need to add at least 10 pounds to that.
  • I'm 5'2" with a fairly athletic build and med-large frame (easily put on muscle, thanks to years of playing sports). HANWI says I should be between 110-121?! I'd look sickly if I was that small. I think I'll go with my current goal of 135, which is higher than the table says, but is the last weight where I felt comfortable in my skin. If I go by BMI tables, 135 is close to the top of the "healthy" range for my height which is something, I guess.
    I agree that these charts are very low--especially for people who work out and have muscles! I'm 5'2 and, according to this, should weight from 99 to 121. I weighed 99 in high school and got accused of having an eating disorder (I was a dancer and played soccer and had a crazy-high metabolism). Anything under 110, I'm a stick. I'm 131 right now, which, though not overweight, is high for me. I look great (and wear about a size 2-4) at about 122. I like a weight at which I feel healthy and strong, not skinny and weak.
  • I was on Dr Oz's original Transformation Nation program. Went to W.W. for the initial weigh in and end weigh in. It was recommended because I have so much leg muscle that the right weight for my ht and build was 125lbs to 128lbs. With all of the combination stresses of my neighbors in my apt building and work that this darn wt is not budging. When things calm down, then my wt drops. The last 20lbs seem like they have made my body their home. When I become of retirement age and get rid of the work stresses, I will have more time to focus on more variety in my workouts. I also am planning on moving out of here.
  • As far as I can tell, going for a BMI of 25 seems like it would be fine. I'm 5'9, so that would mean anywhere in the 160s, of course at 227, I've still got a ways to go, but at least I'm not 309 anymore. Mostly, I'm just thinking about "onederland" at the moment, and then I'll go from there.
  • I am 4'11" tall...which means I would weigh 95 lbs! I would look like a stick and be ill at that weight. Currently, I have maintained a weight of 125 lbs for eight months; I spoke with my doctor, and with my WW coach (that was how I started my journey, finishing with SparkPeople). It is a little high, but I have not been able to loose more weight despite a 1500-calorie a day diet, along with fairly vigorous exercise 4-5 days a week. I walk at least 2 miles every day (don't drive) and although I have a desk job, I do have to run a lot of errands, up and down two flights of stairs.

    Weight is subjective; I am no longer pre-diabetic and my knees aren't painful anymore. I'm probably healthier than I ever have been.

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