How much should I weigh?

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    Feb 28, 2011 6:24 AM GMT
    Ok, so I'm about 5'9". I'm kind overweight, but not obese, and I hide it pretty well, or so I am told. In fact, when I tell most people my weight, they seem rather shocked at the number because they say I don't look that heavy.

    I know I'll never have a slender build (nor would I really want to), because I naturally just have a thicker, big-boned build.

    I'm trying hard to lose weight and get into shape, and I've started with something called Isagenix and I've lost 9 pounds in under 5 days.

    I won't post how much I actually weight, but what would be a decent number for a guy who's about 5'9" with a bigger build?

    I have a brother who is about the same height as me, maybe an inch or half an inch shorter and he weighs 160. I could honestly never see myself weighing that amount, as I am just naturally a bigger guy than he is.

    Any advice is appreciated...
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    Feb 28, 2011 12:52 PM GMT
    cowboycasanova saidOk, so I'm about 5'9". I'm kind overweight, but not obese, and I hide it pretty well, or so I am told. In fact, when I tell most people my weight, they seem rather shocked at the number because they say I don't look that heavy.

    I know I'll never have a slender build (nor would I really want to), because I naturally just have a thicker, big-boned build.

    I'm trying hard to lose weight and get into shape, and I've started with something called Isagenix and I've lost 9 pounds in under 5 days.

    I won't post how much I actually weight, but what would be a decent number for a guy who's about 5'9" with a bigger build?

    I have a brother who is about the same height as me, maybe an inch or half an inch shorter and he weighs 160. I could honestly never see myself weighing that amount, as I am just naturally a bigger guy than he is.

    Any advice is appreciated...


    Probably anything from 135 (slim) -- 180 (muscular).

    Actually, asking about weight is difficult because you could weigh a lot but it could be muscle. Say you didn't work out at all then probably around 135--160
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    Feb 28, 2011 1:09 PM GMT
    "anything from 135 (slim) -- 180 (muscular)"

    You are fucking joking, right? 135 at 5 9 is skeletal.


    I´m 175cm (5 8 or 59) and 78kg (about 172 lb) at the moment and the muscular side of slim. Depending on build you can probably carry up to about 200lb (of muscle) without looking freakish. I cannot imagine why you would want to drop below 150

    BUT all this numbers stuff is crap: look instead at body fat percentage and the mirror. Gives you a much better idea
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    Feb 28, 2011 1:25 PM GMT
    It's a little difficult to give you a precise number based on what we know (or don't) about you here. My initial reaction was about 180 pounds and that being the upper end of "healthy". My suggestion is that you talk to your doctor and get his or her input and then talk to a trainer. If you want to create a road to weight reduction, make it based on facts of the situation and taking into account your lifestyle, goals, needs and time.
    Then develop a plan and implement it.
  • wander2340

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    Feb 28, 2011 1:29 PM GMT
    It really does depend on your body type. I am the same height as you and I am truly fat at 165 pounds. I'm in good shape at the moment. Fit and toned currently weigh 152 pounds.

    My top recommendation is to try and keep your upper body bigger than your mid section. You'll look good no matter how much you weigh.

    Also, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay fit as you age. Far better to develop the discipline to maintain a healthy weight then to bounce around.

    Do you spend a lot of time sitting? Are you eating high calorie/low nutrition foods? Be aware of your actions throughout the day. The small things really do add up.

    Most helpful diet tools for me are Fiber Choice chewable tablets, Atkins nutrition bars (only 150 calories and satisfies me for 2 hours), drink lots of water, and when in a hurry and craving fast food a plain bean burrito from taco bell does the trick :-)
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    Feb 28, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    It really does depend on your build. The Army has a weight screening process that we use to determine in a person is overweight. We use the first three variables of Age verse Height and Weight. If the person is over the prescribed weight table for their Age: Height/Weight matrix, a measurement is taken from the Waist and compared with a measurement of the Neck. This isn't an exact science as people with "double-chin" or fat rolls on their neck use this to cheat the system. But you would be able to use it for a good self analysis. http://www.calculator.net/army-body-fat-calculator.html uses this system, is easy to access and gives you a simple on the spot digital reading of this matrix, all you have to do is submit your measurements.

    If you are 5'9 and 200lbs. you are grossly overweight, even if it is muscle. The amount of extra work your heart would be required to operate would be well beyond healthy levels and would shed years off your life span. I know that is not something a lot of guys will be interested in hearing. Guys dream about being that towering muscular monolith that can lift and hurl boulders across canyons, but the reality is if you exceed the weight your height (bone structure) was intended to handle, you will incur major health problems in the long term. While the weight guidlines aren't set in stone for a given height, at 5'9 you will want to be at a healthy weight of anywhere from 128lbs. -175lbs (ages 17-20), 179 (21-27), 184 (28-39) and 186 at 40+. I hope this gives you something better to work with.
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    Feb 28, 2011 3:56 PM GMT
    As long as you don't get blown away with the wind, or crack the floor beneath your feet, you're ok.
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    Feb 28, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    What you weigh doesn't matter one bit -- a number is meaningless.

    What matters is aesthetic. Do you LOOK the way you want to look?

    I got off the scale over a year ago and decided to work toward an aesthetic rather than a number. When I leaned out last summer, I knew I was losing weight because my clothes didn't fit, but I had no idea how much (a lot, if you believed how tightly I sinching my pants). Unfortunately, I found the number out last month at my doctor's appointment, even after telling the doc I didn't want to know...

    What I'm saying is don't think, "If I lose twenty pounds, I'll be happy." Think instead, "I'm obviously losing weight and I like what I see. That makes me happy."
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    May 21, 2012 3:27 AM GMT
    According to How Much Should I Weigh? (i just searched google):

    You should be about 157 pounds, but anything from 139 and 175 pounds is still OK.
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    May 21, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    pinterest saidAccording to How Much Should I Weigh? (i just searched google):

    You should be about 157 pounds, but anything from 139 and 175 pounds is still OK.


    Old old thread,

    It looks like your website is slightly flawed, Im 200 pounds or 90 kgs at 6'2 according to the website Im slightly overweight.
    Hogwash!