The question no one can give an answer to

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    Feb 28, 2013 5:43 AM GMT
    ... or I should say will give an answer to.

    Question?:
    How much should I weigh?

    I know there are tons of variables, but I just want a rough number. I've been fat all my life, so I don't really know anything about normal or healthy weight.

    I told myself that within a year I would get into a healthy weight range. The problem is, I don't know what's "healthy."
    I'm about 5'5" and it says I should weigh between 115-155 pounds. icon_neutral.gif

    115 seems sickly to me, but 155 seems closer to the overweight range than average or healthy range.

    Obviously BMI is unreliable, but is there something out there that is more reliable (And free)?

    I've definitely gotten close to that, but I'm wondering how far to go. I've focused on whatever exercises I can do, but most of my weight loss has come from eating less. Specifically from eating alot less, just enough to satisfy me, but never be hungry. I've accepted that until I have enough money to afford some equipment all I can really do is focus on losing fat, but I'd love to have my body 100% ready for that time.

    Can anyone give me any advice?

    I'll emphasize the whole no-budget and whatever is free thing.
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    Feb 28, 2013 7:15 AM GMT
    It's hard to say. I think the BMI should be a rough guide to ideal body weight. It will at least help you create a general target for your goals.

    After years of working out, I've learned that body weight doesn't mean much most of the time. I think what matters most is how you look and feel. Like does your body appear to be in proportion? Do you feel like you have more energy that you used to? Do your clothes feel loose now? And so on.

    So yeah, don't worry too much about ideal body weight. Just focus on losing the excess weight and being healthy overall.
  • Jerebear

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    Feb 28, 2013 2:15 PM GMT
    The BMI was designed for stuidy of populations for statistical analysis. When its applied to individual people, its really a misuse of it.

    I prefer body fat percentage. During my weight loss I would get DEXA (aka DXA) scans twice a year, but on a weekly basis I would use cloth tape and free calcualtors online. The one I used is here:

    http://www.dietandfitnesstoday.com/body-fat-percentage-calculator.php
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    Feb 28, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    Running is free,, well except for the shoes but you should already have them.. as far as how much you should weigh.. tough question considering that we have very little info to go on.. but here is my thought.. If you are 5'5" and moderately athletic, 140 would be a target for me... but if you add resistance training to your life, that number should go up and 155 could be very reasonable.

    The best thing that I can suggest is just hop to it.. and go until you wake up one morning and go damn,,, I feel tight from inside to out.. then you will know you are where you probably should be.


    *warning: since I do not know you and can only see your head, take my words with a grain of salt, I may have no clue what I am talking about*
  • LJay

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    Feb 28, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    I had a doctor who had a chart on his wall that asked How tall should I be? It listed weights and then height ranges that were appropriate. As you have found out, opinions vary. Why not go for the middle of the range and see how you look and feel? Also consider your activity level and the sustainability of your weight goal. You should be able to talk this over with your doctor and get help with knowing about the variables.

    Remember that the most important thing is long range health and not some cosmetic goal. That will usually take care of itself if you are eating well and exercising moderately.
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    Feb 28, 2013 6:58 PM GMT
    You should weight what you feel comfortable weighing. You obviously aren't comfortable with your current weight so I suggest just start losing weight until you reach a point where YOU are comfortable with YOURSELF.
  • Breeman

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    Feb 28, 2013 7:05 PM GMT
    The question is... is there another RealJock member with a cuter smile?
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    Feb 28, 2013 7:22 PM GMT

    do it gradually and steady, this Include what you eat that's discipline eating habits.

    your metabolic rate know them.

    best of all listen to your body.

    the minute you are healthy yes just healthy you feel light, more hornier you get (lolz) from there on you weigh yourself and then slowly head on where would you like it to be? On the leaner side muscular or just in shape.
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    Feb 28, 2013 7:23 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidYou should weight what you feel comfortable weighing. You obviously aren't comfortable with your current weight so I suggest just start losing weight until you reach a point where YOU are comfortable with YOURSELF.
    +1
    What ever makes you get up and feel good about yourself.