What Weight Should I Aim For?

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    Sep 29, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    So I've been working on losing weight for the last three months, going on four.
    Mostly I've been trying to eat less and eat better. My thinking was that I would focus on losing the majority of the fat in my body before trying to build muscle, but my muscles have slowly started growing.

    So I tried looking online to see what someone my height should weigh and found 150. So that's what I'm aiming for, for now. But since I have started building some muscle, I am not sure if 150 will be completely accurate, due to the fact that I don't know what percentage of my body is fat or muscle.

    I workout at home. I don't have access to any fitness equipment, so my exercise routine is really what I can do with my own two hands and feet.

    So my questions are, If someone is 5 foot 5 like me, how much should I try to weigh? How can I tell when the majority of the fat is gone? Should i just go by what I see? Am I just better off waiting on trying to build muscle till I can afford gym membership?

    Any and all help would be appreciateicon_biggrin.gif

    Update:
    For those curious of my goals:
    As for my goals, my first major goal was to lose most of my fat. I just wanted to look average sized and proportional for my height.
    My major fitness goals are a little less concrete. My biggest problem has always been endurence, so thats what I would like to focus on, but I would also like to have some definition to my body.
    One of the only concrete goals I have would to be getting my arms stronger, strong enough to do legless pushup or support the weight of my whole body, but i know that won't happen for awhile.
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    Sep 29, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
    I'd avoid looking up what online sources say you "should" weigh. If it's BMI-based, that could be way off.

    In the end, don't focus on getting to some magic number for weight; if you get to a place where you're happy with your fitness level, are you really going to try to micro-manage the last 2 lbs? Body fat % is a better metric, but even that has pretty wide error margins for methods that you could reasonably use frequently (i.e., caliper tests; I'd assume you'd not want to pay for a dunk tank every month :-) ).

    For the rest--What's your goal in the end?
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    Sep 29, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    UFJocknerd saidI'd avoid looking up what online sources say you "should" weigh. If it's BMI-based, that could be way off.

    In the end, don't focus on getting to some magic number for weight; if you get to a place where you're happy with your fitness level, are you really going to try to micro-manage the last 2 lbs? Body fat % is a better metric, but even that has pretty wide error margins for methods that you could reasonably use frequently (i.e., caliper tests; I'd assume you'd not want to pay for a dunk tank every month :-) ).

    For the rest--What's your goal in the end?


    Thanks for the advice. I went online and based the number on my height and the BMI index, but you are right that it isn't completely accurate.
    When i was saying getting to 150, I didn't mean getting to exactly 150, but geting to the 150-160 range was my goal.

    Unfortunately I don't have the money to pay for tests, monthly or otherwise, so you are correct in your assumption.

    As for my goals, my first major goal was to lose most of my fat. I just wanted to look average sized and proportional for my height. I was just using the BMI index as a guide, since I'm not sure how much to aim for.

    My major fitness goals are a little less concrete. My biggest problem has always been endurence, so thats what I would like to focus on, but I would also like to have some definition to my body.
    One of the only concrete goals I have would to be getting my arms stronger, strong enough to do legless pushup or support the weight of my whole body, but i know that won't happen for awhile.
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    Sep 30, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    Aim for progress. Let your body settle at its desired weight.

    Then if you want to tweak it from there, study up on nutrition. icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 30, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    It all depends on your frame. People are always surprised when I tell them how little I weigh because I have a fairly high body fat percentage and I'm not the weakest guy in the world either. A person with a bigger bone structure would look anorexic at my weight.
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    Sep 30, 2012 5:39 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidAim for progress. Let your body settle at its desired weight.

    Then if you want to tweak it from there, study up on nutrition. icon_wink.gif


    I guess when I'm getting closer to my goal that will happen naturally. Thanks for the advice.
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    Sep 30, 2012 5:39 AM GMT
    JR122 saidIt all depends on your frame. People are always surprised when I tell them how little I weigh because I have a fairly high body fat percentage and I'm not the weakest guy in the world either. A person with a bigger bone structure would look anorexic at my weight.


    I guess you do have a point. I just wish all this weight management stuff wasn't so conditional and complicatedicon_sad.gif
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    Sep 30, 2012 12:26 PM GMT
    For 5'5", you should aim for no more than 150 pounds based on BMI.

    BMI isn't perfect but is fairly reliable if the subject doesn't have a high percentage of muscle mass. I wouldn't claim to know better than all the PhDs who have done research into BMI.

    The other thing you can look at is anthropometrics, i.e. your body measurements including waist and hip girth etc, for a measure of your body fatness.
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    Sep 30, 2012 1:41 PM GMT
    Work it out till you feel comfortable...
    I go from 175-190 and still look decent..(i think)...

    What about this Dawn..aim for a size 34 pair of jeans??..
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    Sep 30, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    In addition to what every one else said, it's also a good idea to give yourself short, attainable goals. It doesn't have to include target numbers (loose 8 lbs this month), but it can be something pretty simple. Example: I'm going to do cardio for 40 minutes instead of 30 minutes this time. Or this week I am not going to eat out (junk food). Or this week, I'm going to hit the weights for 3 days, etc.

    Keeps you motivated and sane. Though you should keep your ultimate goal your target. Think of them as Achievement badges like you get on most games nowadays.

    I'm in the same boat as you. I think my ultimate target weight is around 150ish, but will be happy if I just look good and athletic. I'm down to 200 lbs now, so I'm more than halfway there. Good luck!