An accurate height/weight chart?!

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    Sep 02, 2008 1:21 AM GMT
    Is their really an accurate height/weight chart available? It gets confusing when they [charts] refer to small, medium, and large frames.

    I'm around 5'8", and close to 210 lbs. I would like to get to around 145 lbs. Although, I'm told that is way to skinny. Any takers? icon_neutral.gificon_exclaim.gif
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    Sep 02, 2008 8:03 AM GMT
    im around 5'9 and i was 147 this morning at the gym.. i dont consider myself way to skinny. Just work out and avoid the scale, if you think you look good in the mirror, you're probably doing just fine. I step on the scale every now and again just for the heck of it.
  • looktothesky

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    Sep 02, 2008 12:33 PM GMT
    I think it is hard to find a weight chart that will be accurate because they are so generalized. Like myself, I am 210 at 5'6" I think i remember seeing a chart stating I should be around 150 or so which is about 60 pounds, but when I went for a fitness evaluation, with my body type, they said I only needed to lose about half of that.

    So an individualized evaluation I think is needed to truly know what your goals are, I might even have to lose more than the allotted 30pds to look really fit but at least I know i don't have to aim for 60.
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    Sep 09, 2008 3:08 AM GMT
    Weight and height charts tend to mislead many people. They do not account for body fat. I recommend you get your body fat measured from a certified personal trainer in your area and set a goal for body fat in addition to weight.

    For your height, your ideal weight would be 154 lbs if you have a medium frame. If you have a smaller frame, then your bone structure will weigh less and then your ideal would be 139 lbs. If you had a larger frame, then your bone structure would weigh more and ideal would be 169.

    With that said, I usually never like to tell clients their ideal weight, especially if they are overweight. The reason is that if they have never been that skinny, then it is an impractical goal for them at first. They may feel overwhelmed and want to quit before they even begin.

    If you choose to set a goal of 145 lbs, I would recommend that you set it as a long term goal.

    In the meantime, you might want to consider a short term goal of 190 for your first goal and 175 for your next goal.

    These are examples. The idea is to plan for success. If you set small realistic goals, then you will build more self-confidence as you achieve them instead of setting one big " all or nothing goal"

    Listen to your body and how you feel. Track your weight and body fat and don't get stuck on a number.

    You may find that 150 or 160 is an ideal weight for you. You will not know until you get there. That is about all I can say without knowing weight history other information about you.

    I hope this helps.

  • MSUBioNerd

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    Sep 09, 2008 3:34 AM GMT
    As a generalization, you can figure out frame size by trying to wrap your fingers around the opposite wrist. If you can just bring the thumb and middle finger to touch, you're medium framed. Significant overlap means small frame, a gap means large frame. It's not fool proof, bu it's actually good that height/weight charts have that frame size in there. There's a lot of variation between people in basic skeleton size, and two people of the same height shouldn't necessarily weigh similar amounts even if they're both at similar levels of health--some people inherently should weigh more, while others should weigh less.
  • dcarm

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    Sep 09, 2008 4:01 AM GMT
    My long term goal as a 6' guy is 150-160 lbs.

    I don't know that I believe in short term goals for weight loss. My philosophy is that the only short term goal that I really need to hold is "Do not gain weight" if I succeed in that then eventually I'll hit my target weight. Anything else and you have to be careful, if you haven't factored certain things in (eg 3 family birthdays in 2 weeks) you can get quite disheartened by not making those goal weights even though you are progressing towards your goal.

    for 5'9" 145lb seems fine to me... but get yourself down to 155lb and see what you think.

    Also: aim for a particular item of clothing, rather than a weight. You'll get a more accurate measure if you're doing the gym and gaining muscle.
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    Sep 09, 2008 4:27 AM GMT
    Buffyfan84 saidIs their really an accurate height/weight chart available? It gets confusing when they [charts] refer to small, medium, and large frames.

    I'm around 5'8", and close to 210 lbs. I would like to get to around 145 lbs. Although, I'm told that is way to skinny. Any takers? icon_neutral.gificon_exclaim.gif


    I have no idea what sized frame you have, but would think 145 lbs will be pretty light. I guess it is okay if you like the lean look, and have small bones. If your bones are anywhere bigger, you will look emancipated. Also, considering you are starting from being heavy, it might not be that easy to achieve that aim. Perhaps you can post a pic of your body frame, so that we have a better idea.

    Personally, I am about your height, but weigh in at about 165 lbs. While I am not lean-built anymore, my bones are very small. I started at 117 lbs at 18, and only got to 145 lbs. in my mid-twenties.
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    Sep 09, 2008 4:37 AM GMT
    Like everyone else has said - it all depends on your body type. I happen to be small framed (I can still fit into a child's size 14/16) but I am your height. So for me, when I peaked at 175lbs from an illness, I was very heavy. Now, after a summer of too much fun, I feel a little too heavy for my tastes at just over 150lbs (but then I like to be lean rather than bulky - a personal preference for myself). I find that if I drop below 135lbs I get uncomfortable but anywhere between that weight and 145 is good for me.

    I use the charts as a base line, but I like to keep my personal comfort level in mind as well.
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    Sep 09, 2008 4:53 AM GMT
    Height/Weight charts are meaningless. Because simply looking at height and weight is meaningless.

    For example, both of these people are 6'3" and 215 pounds.

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    You want to know how you are progressing? Look in the mirror.
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    Sep 09, 2008 4:57 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the help guys! icon_biggrin.gif