people misjudging their weight?

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    Mar 21, 2008 10:05 AM GMT
    after flicking through some profiles and forums ive noticed that some peoples weights seem to be a lot less than what they look like and what is healthy, ive seen some people who seem really muscley, but still say theyre like 150 pounds....not sure if its a british thing having worked in stones or kilograms all my life...but this got me wondering, do people on this site lie about their weight or is there a compulsion to be muscular and underweight, doesnt make sense to me
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    Mar 21, 2008 1:31 PM GMT
    You know I have noticed that too when looking at some profiles here. Some may be lying or not accurately estimating their weight. It could also be the weight they were at some time ago and the person just hasn't updated it.
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    Mar 21, 2008 2:36 PM GMT
    my weight fluctuates between 138 and 145, but it is at 145 most of the time, so instead of updating it every time i gain or lose a few pounds, i just leave it as is
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    Mar 21, 2008 2:39 PM GMT
    Why do we care?
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    Mar 21, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    Some people have difficulty converting from kilograms to pounds.

    For the record 1 kilogram = 2.24 pounds.
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    Mar 21, 2008 4:02 PM GMT
    I'm steadily between 160 - 165lbs. I find it hard to believe since I don't think I'm skinny at all, but I've tried more than once scale and get the same results.

    [shrugs]
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    Mar 21, 2008 4:08 PM GMT
    another thing i've noticed is guys that don't look so big saying they have 42" or bigger chests.
  • Squarejaw

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    Mar 21, 2008 4:09 PM GMT
    An obviously incorrect weight is a red flag for a fake profile.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Mar 21, 2008 4:12 PM GMT
    jbedwards saidSome people have difficulty converting from kilograms to pounds.

    For the record 1 kilogram = 2.24 pounds.

    Or, perhaps some people just have difficulty converting from one decade to the next



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    Mar 21, 2008 4:19 PM GMT
    Uuuuugh, hello! muscle weighs more than fat so a guy can be smaller and weigh more, but that sword cuts both ways. Muscle is also bulkier in appearance than fat: bulging traps cause the neck to disappear and big lats cause equally muscular arms to jut out from ones sides. These attributes can appear larger than life if you don't keep them in perspective. A guy can appear larger than he really is if covered with muscles. Next time you look, check the heights of some of these bbuilders: 5'4", 5'6", 5'8"....these are lil men. And with an absence of fat, how much do you expect them to weigh at that height?
  • cacti

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    Mar 21, 2008 4:29 PM GMT
    Could be fake, I suppose. But also keep in mind that dudes with really low body fat have the illusion of looking more muscular(which your mind coverts to weight) even if they don't have a shit-ton of muscle to begin with. But it's even more amplified with body builders- If you've seen pictures of what they go through as they drop body fat and water to prep for competition then you can see how easy it is for a guy to end up looking a lot bigger/muscular when you reveal the details underneath.
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    Mar 21, 2008 4:30 PM GMT
    dude, Im only 5-7 how much do you want me to wiegh? im 165 now, and realize that my pic was probobly taken while I was still swollen from working out.... looks like a lot of the guy do the same thing.
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    Mar 21, 2008 4:43 PM GMT

    Don't be given away our secrets, Riley. icon_razz.gif
    5'7", huh....you are "action" sized. Do you have kung-fu grip too, sweetie?
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    Mar 21, 2008 4:57 PM GMT
    rant=on

    Height and weight to me are absolutlely meaningless in describing what someone looks like, for all the reasons given above. Obsession with the scale ignores proportions, body composition (fat/muscle/bone ratios), even transient changes due to water/food intake.

    If someone says they are 5'10" 150lbs or 5'10" 180lbs or 5'10" 215lbs, what conclusions can you draw? Which one is "hot?" Which one is "too much?" "Too little?"

    The chest/waist ratio says a lot more about everything than height/weight. But that requires a tape measure, however, which seems to be a device that nobody knows how to use, or if they do, they feel that using it is "too gay." Easier to step on the scale and measure... what they just had for dinner.

    And you can probably guess what I think of the notion of "HWP." Oy.

    rant=off
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    Mar 21, 2008 6:06 PM GMT
    The other thing is you probably can't see the legs of most of the guys and I bet they have chicken legs. Legs are a massive muscle and a lot of people only focus on their upper body. There are a lot of factors that go into weight and only seeing a pic can make it hard to tell. In person I'm good at judging weights, online not so well.
  • vike

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    Mar 21, 2008 6:20 PM GMT
    I'm 5'8". Over the last 6 months I have dropped from 163 to 155 lbs (mostly cutting out junk calories) while keeping the same weight training routines(lifting the exact same weights). Guys at my almost totally straight gym are now commenting on how huge and ripped I look (a few have jokingly asked what steroids I'm on), which of course is great for the ego.

    My point is that the extra definition from smaller overall weight can sometimes make someone look bigger.
  • auryn

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    Mar 21, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    nexus_86 saidafter flicking through some profiles and forums ive noticed that some peoples weights seem to be a lot less than what they look like and what is healthy, ive seen some people who seem really muscley, but still say theyre like 150 pounds....not sure if its a british thing having worked in stones or kilograms all my life...but this got me wondering, do people on this site lie about their weight or is there a compulsion to be muscular and underweight, doesnt make sense to me


    What is weighing by stones? I recently heard of this while watching "Little Britain" and haven't looked it up yet. I thought it was an inside joke or something. icon_redface.gif
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    Mar 21, 2008 6:44 PM GMT
    bsmith781 saidanother thing i've noticed is guys that don't look so big saying they have 42" or bigger chests.


    ah that s an interesting one as I am currently a 44 inch chest but I look totaly flat chested but my lats on the other hand are where the major muscle goes, genetics are a bitch icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 21, 2008 6:51 PM GMT
    Auryn said[quote][cite]nexus_86 said[/cite]after flicking through some profiles and forums ive noticed that some peoples weights seem to be a lot less than what they look like and what is healthy, ive seen some people who seem really muscley, but still say theyre like 150 pounds....not sure if its a british thing having worked in stones or kilograms all my life...but this got me wondering, do people on this site lie about their weight or is there a compulsion to be muscular and underweight, doesnt make sense to me


    What is weighing by stones? I recently heard of this while watching "Little Britain" and haven't looked it up yet. I thought it was an inside joke or something. icon_redface.gif[/quote]

    we use stones, pounds and ounces its the Imperial system

  • misterduck

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    Mar 21, 2008 9:04 PM GMT
    Intresting. I've decided recently I'm gonna kick but this spring and loose some weight and bulk up some. I had my bodyfat taken and I was at 15%. The trainer said I should be around 13% for my shape and size. So...I need to loose 10 to 15 pounds. I was looking at people's weight on this site today to get an idea of what the waist size would be on someone around 170lbs which is what I would be if I lost 10lbs. I was amazed at these ripped big mucle dudes that weighted 175lbs and such. Same height as me (I was taking that into consideration). Man, I have some serious work ahead of me if these weights are truly correct, and I think some of them actually are.
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    Mar 21, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    Here is something I actually just saw on another site a couple days ago.

    Willoughby’s “ideal athlete form.” Here’s the formula:
    Weight: Divide the cube of your height (in inches) by 1,906.
    Waist: Multiply your height (in inches) by 0.4584.


    I could possible see how this may work. I want to be heavier than this "ideal" form, but my waist is good.

    Weight: (74^3)/1906 = 212.6 (Actual weight at gym today - 226.6)

    Waist: 74*.4584 = 33.9 (My pants are size 34, but a tape measure at the same spot says 39". Not sure which is accurate)
  • stevarino7

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    Mar 21, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    I'm definitely a fatty. I just look really thin.
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    Mar 21, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    Oh yeah 'Rino, you are just a big blob there. The camera does make one look thinner, doesn't it? Or was that liposuction? I can never remember.

    And Cuddly: I love those formulas. Here's one I invented by my very own self:

    Take the height of your last boyfriend and divide by 5. Add that to the weight of that hot guy at the gym with the perfect butt that's always doing the stepper. Divide that sum by your IQ. Write that result down on a piece of paper. Go eat a big bag of Doritos.

    Cool huh? I use it all the time.

    K
  • auryn

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    Mar 21, 2008 11:09 PM GMT
    Thanks bfg1,

    I'll look up the Imperial System when I get home so I know how to calculate in stones, and why it's used. That way I won't think of some method used by the Flinstones when I hear the term. icon_smile.gif It's hard being 'merican sometimes.
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    Mar 21, 2008 11:39 PM GMT
    I get on a scale and weigh myself and whatever number shows is apparently how much I weigh. I teeter between 190-205 usually and that's fine with me.

    Alot of people don't look like alot of things but sure enough they tend to be what their appearances falsely advertize. Alot of people think a husky person can't run (wrong) or a skinny person couldn't knock out some big buff dude (wrong again).

    For a guy to have to wonder and ponder about the weight of another guy seems like something a woman would do. You wanna know how much someone weighs then let then lay on top of you. LOL. That way you will be sure to feel that weighticon_razz.gif