What body type would you describe me as?

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    Feb 27, 2008 10:57 PM GMT
    Just curious,

    I used to be a really big boy, (85 kg or 187lbs down to 55 kg or 121 lbs) but I'm not really sure what you would classify my body as now? fat? slim? average? toned? swimmers? athletic?

    Any ideas?

    Another question though, for former big kids out there... Now that you're slimmer, is there still a feeling somewhere on the inside of being big still?

    Josh.
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    Feb 28, 2008 12:28 AM GMT
    I think you could describe yourself as "wiry." You look pretty trim. I get tired of the limited choices for describing something as unique as a human body: "Slim," "Average," "Defined," "Stocky." What about willowy, sinewy, spry, and portly?
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    Feb 28, 2008 12:36 AM GMT
    Wiry? Can you expand on this?
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    Feb 28, 2008 1:00 AM GMT
    Underfed, but, retaining fat because of the malnutrition and lack of resistance training.

    You have a smoothness that only comes from poor diet, and no resistance training. Some that may be from when you were fat before, if you were, as you stated, but, it mostly looks like you've fucked up your metabolism by botched diet.

    At 5'7", and 121, looking like a eating disorder, swinging from overeating to undereating.
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    Feb 28, 2008 1:08 AM GMT
    Well when you're combating a disease such as Lupus as well then I guess that would account for my "underfed" look as you put it.

    I try to do resistance training but have to be careful what I do as I have to be careful of my joints and body etc.

    I have a pretty healthy diet (I seldom eat junk and prepare most of my food myself), sorry if that doesnt comply with the beef eating and scoffing down on 3000+ caloric diets each day outlook that seems to conform to your body shape, however I prefer not to look like a solid brick house without a neck.
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    Feb 28, 2008 1:21 AM GMT
    joshuwer saidWiry? Can you expand on this?


    My dictionary defines wiry as "sinewy and lean." I think it just means that you look lean and firm, but not bulky and muscular.

    Do not let Chucky get you down. You look good, and I'm impressed that you have brought your weight down.
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    Feb 28, 2008 1:23 AM GMT
    joshuwer saidWell when you're combating a disease such as Lupus as well then I guess that would account for my "underfed" look as you put it.

    I try to do resistance training but have to be careful what I do as I have to be careful of my joints and body etc.

    I have a pretty healthy diet (I seldom eat junk and prepare most of my food myself), sorry if that doesnt comply with the beef eating and scoffing down on 3000+ caloric diets each day outlook that seems to conform to your body shape, however I prefer not to look like a solid brick house without a neck.



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    Feb 28, 2008 1:29 AM GMT
    I have 19 inch neck. We backed off shoulder shrugs because my neck was getting to big for the sleeves that comes in such shirts.

    I'm happy that I'm not one of those skinny-necked guys.

    You wanted an assessment and you got it. Be careful what you wish for.

    And, you're in no danger of getting big any day soon. You're safe.
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    Feb 28, 2008 1:32 AM GMT
    And I will admit that finding shirt collars that fit right is also a problem when you are skinny!
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    Feb 28, 2008 1:38 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidYou wanted an assessment and you got it. Be careful what you wish for.



    There is no way you could give an assessment like that, from just a photo. You just like putting people down.

    Mike
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    Feb 28, 2008 2:45 AM GMT
    Hi. MikePhil icon_smile.gif

    LOL, sounds like ChuckyStud was assessing himself more than Joshuwer, typical.

    However, i'm sensing more from this post than an ordinary fitness inquiry. This whole post wreaks of self defeatism.

    Spider sense

    This sorta post has become a trend in the forums; i'm afraid. If a guy is feeling down and needs some reassurance, instead of just asking, he writes a post asking an obvious question and hopes for a kind word instead of a straight forward answer. Examples: Should I shave my head? No, you look just fine. Does everyone hate me? No, you should give yourself a break. Am I fat? A little, but keep working out. Was I wrong for dumping him? No, he had it comin. Am I skinny....

    Come one guys, this is ridiculous. We are a cummuntiy of like minded individuals. I've said numerous times before, RealJock needs more PRIDE...and it does, but I didn't mean for members to compensate by becoming too pig headed to ask for a kind word if they need it. If this site had more PRIDE anyway, there would be no shame in gathering your sisters for a good cry.
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    Feb 28, 2008 2:49 AM GMT
    Thanks GuiltyGear,

    In all honesty I'm just asking what body shape people think I fit into... I'm not aware what I would classify myself as.

    In regards to the other question having been fat for the majority of my life its just a little side thought I have from time to time.
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    Feb 28, 2008 5:07 AM GMT
    In the main picture I can see muscle-tone, but not big so I would say slim muscular. I say muscular whenever I can see muscle more than bone.

    I think your tone is above average and you should not feel inferior at all (I am not saying that you do). Your ultimate goal is something you have to decide. Not athletes have the same build -- different sports or activities require different builds.

    I like your main picture. I think it is cute.
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    Feb 28, 2008 9:31 AM GMT
    I took your largest picture, then, I blew it up in a photo editor for the assessment you requested. Your somatype at present would be near a ecto/meso, if you are aware of somatyping. You asked what type you are. Even though MikePhil likes to generate controversy and "stir the pot" as he does, the assessment was accurate, and is not a put down unless you let Mike let you feel bad about yourself. I read your complete profile, as well as blew the picture up, BEFORE I made my call. Don't let Mike let you feel that you were somehow wronged. You weren't. You're skinny and lacking muscular development. 121#, at 5'7" (the only part of your profile you spent much time on) you are underweight by every standard that I'm aware of. You don't look toned nor athletic. You just look hungry. That's the truth, as I see it, and if that's the look you want, more power to you. Don't let the nut cases get you all worked up.

    You really don't have muscle at such light weight, and without muscle, you really can't be toned, nor muscular. Muscular means an abundance of muscle, which you obviously do not have.

    In your terms, from your original post, "slim" would be the closest.

    You don't look like a swimmer (wide back and good overall tone). You don't look like a gymnast (good overall muscular development for height and weight using bodyweight resistance). You don't look very athletic because you are so small. You certainly aren't average because you don't carry enough weight. And, while you have a layer of fat (your body's protection mechanism for a low-calorie diet), you are not by any means "fat" / obese. Mostly, you just look hungry.

    GG makes the point that it was a loaded question, and it was. You asked the question requesting for a classification / typing and then didn't like the honesty put forth. You can't have it both ways. Reality is what it is.

    Point is there are always going to be nut cases like Mike Phil, or other folks that will get you worked up, but, what it gets down to is that you have come to like yourself. What you were actually likely seeking was validation, like...Oh, you look great, rather than a honest appraisal. Like someone asking "how are you today?" They don't really want to know how you are, and could give a shit, and you just answer back "I'm fine" when in fact you're having a shitty day. Don't ask a question if you can't live with a honest answer.

    Bottom line: if you like being 121 at 5'7" then be 121# at 5'7". If you have inner strength, you won't care what anyone else thinks because it won't matter to you.

    Guys like MikePhil lash out at others. They love stirring about emotion and getting into flame wars, name calling and the like, but, they don't cut to the heart of the question with integrity.

    I get hate email because guys think I'm to big, but, because I like myself, mail like that, and nut cases like the MikePhils of the world just go in one ear and out the other. Once you have an inner confidence, they don't matter. They're just noise off in the background.

    If getting built will give you confidence then do that. If being the way you are gives you confidence then do that. Do whatever makes you happy, and live your life for you. You wanna' be skinny, that's fine. You wanna' be big, that's fine.

    Right now, you're real skinny and underweight. Just the scale, in and of itself tells us that, but...you knew that already. What you really wanted was to be propped up. That...you have to do from within. Come to like yourself, and the rest will follow. At that point you'll realize the MikePhils of the world are just noise off in the background, and don't really have much of value to contribute to your life. Live your life for you, and the rest will fall into place. Like yourself, and others will too...but, that doesn't mean that insecure folks will come flocking to you. They'll want you to be like them, because...they feel threatened by confidence and self-esteem. I assure you, coming to like yourself is the key.

    If you're dealing with lupus, then, do whatever makes you happy. In the big picture, it really doesn't matter what others think. Ask 10 folks and you'll get 10 different answers, but, I try to ground my answers in logic.

    I took time to be honest because I feel you are worthy and it's a disservice to answer your question falsely.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Feb 28, 2008 11:02 AM GMT
    Chucky, how many times did you mention my name there?

    Your obsessed with me icon_lol.gif I'm kinda flattered, really.

    But this thread is not about me. It's joshuwer's thread. Talk about him, not me icon_rolleyes.gif

    BTW, I do not call names. You call me names all the time. You should check your posts on here icon_rolleyes.gif

    Also, I'm not the only one that thought your reply to joshuwer, was not very nice, yet you singled me out, as you always do. Why is that?

    Mike
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    Feb 28, 2008 11:08 AM GMT
    Chucky is consistent and anyone who has been on here for any period of time will know that he is present, that he reads these threads, and that he consistently replies.

    I often disagree with Chucky. However, if one starts a thread asking an opinion about one's body on a site that is dedicated to health, fitness, and above all body-image then it is obvious that people are going to respond to the question as posed.

    No one can know about medical conditions unless they are trained or they are told. I don't suspect Lupus is detectable from a photo and this site isn't dedicated to tele-medicine.

    Likewise, I agree with the posters who have said that this trend in threads has more to do with strokes than it does with information gathering.

    To specifically answer your question (as an utter non-professional) my guess would be Ectomorph.

    The ECTOMORPH

    Definitive "Hard Gainer"
    Delicate Built Body
    Flat Chest
    Fragile
    Lean
    Lightly Muscled
    Small Shouldered
    Takes Longer to Gain Muscle
    Thin


    The extreme ectomorph physique is a fragile and delicate one. The bones are light, joints are small and muscles are slight. The limbs are relatively long in proportion and the shoulders droop. The ectomorph is a linear physique. Straight up and straight down, and may appear longer than he or she really is, due to the length of limbs coupled with lack of muscle mass developed on those limbs. The ectomorph is not naturally powerful and will have to work hard for every ounce of muscle and every bit of strength he or she can gain.

    Other Ectomorph Traits

    The extreme ectomorph may have long fingers, toes and neck are long. A pencil neck you could say. The features of the face are sharp, and the shape of the face is triangular. The lower jaw is somewhat receding. The skin tends to burn easily. Extreme ectomorphs may suffer from extremes of temperature. Due to the great body area in relation to muscle mass, the ectomorph may suffer from great heat, and due to low body fat, the ectomorph may suffer from great cold. The hair is fine and grows quickly and is sometimes difficult to keep in place.

    PEACE
    Terry
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    Feb 28, 2008 11:53 AM GMT
    I would call you slim....but you look good....and in my case...yes...the feeling of being big/fat has a way of sticking, but it work more as a motivation to not go down that path again and makes me more conscious of any bad weight i might be putting on.
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    Feb 28, 2008 12:00 PM GMT
    joshuwer... from physical appearance, I'd say you're slim, though I hate those generalized categories we have to choose from on the profiles.

    Considering you're dealing with Lupus, I can understand why you have to be careful with resistance training. I have several friends who are dealing with Lupus and they always have to be careful about that. I also do volunteer work with a Lupus organization, so I've gotten quite an education on this illness in the process...

    As for the last part of your original post... I was a big kid, lost a ton of weight and kept it off for many years. I've put some of it back on, but its coming back off now since I'm working out again. Anyway, the first time I lost all that weight, I still felt like a big guy for a while, despite having a 29 inch waist. That feeling went away once I adjusted to being in shape. I think sometimes it takes the brain a little time to catch up to the new body it lives in... at least, maybe for some of us. I wouldn't worry about it unless the feeling doesn't diminish with time or you find yourself obsessing over it. In that case, you might want to talk to someone about it, because it can become an unhealthy obsession.
  • GQjock

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    Mar 02, 2008 12:34 PM GMT
    If you have problems with joints and weights are an issue there are many ways to get there
    you can use weights - just be very careful about the poundage
    don't be tossin' around large weights that can be damaging to your joints
    start low and carefully increase the weight....
    light core exercises ... will also help
    look some up on this site and do a search on the web
    just get out there and move
    are you gonna be a freakazoid muscleman?
    no probably not but you sure can improve yourself a whole lot with some time and effort
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    Mar 13, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
    Skeletal? Or "Skinny-fat" is thrown about these days in the gay community...dunno how.icon_confused.gif
  • calipally

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    Mar 13, 2008 10:43 PM GMT
    I'd say you're slim. Now that you've lost all the weight, you can start to help build muscle tissue by eating more quality proteins. If you like to lift weights but find it difficult because of your medical condition, ask your doctor to recommend a physcial therapist to help you get where you want to be.

    Best of luck.