# South Beach Diet - How did you determine your goal weight?

MellieInWI
01-18-2008, 03:11 PM
I keep going back on forth trying to determine how much weight I truly need to lose. How did you determine your goal weight? Is there a magic formula or just a nice number you want to hit?

HeatherAngel
01-18-2008, 03:17 PM
Basically, half my starting weight. :D

MellieInWI
01-18-2008, 03:23 PM
WOW! Very impressive and I see you're doing an awesome job! How long has it taken you to lose those 101lbs? You must feel like a new woman!

modkittn
01-18-2008, 03:23 PM
A lot of people aim for a weight somewhere within the "healthy weight range". A lot of people use a BMI (body mass index) that they want to reach instead of a weight. BMI is generally calculated using height and weight. You can use this calculator (http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/) to calculate your current BMI, and see if the weight you are shooting for (at your height) would put you at a healthy BMI.

Schmoodle
01-18-2008, 03:30 PM
I just picked a number around when I used to feel normal sized. And it just happened to be 100lbs., which is a nice round number (like me :D). But really, I don't know how meaningful it is. It's just a number I picked. When I get down around goal weight, I'll re-assess, and maybe I'll decide it's too low, or maybe I'll want to go lower.

SavingServo
01-18-2008, 03:34 PM
It's the exact middle of the "healthy" BMI. :lol: Also it's as low as I'm recommended to go for my frame size.

Amarie2pt0
01-18-2008, 03:37 PM
Mellie - way to go on your 8 pounds!!!! That is awesome.

I picked my goal (like modkittn said) by looking at my healthy healthy weight range for my height. My specific "goal" I picked because it was in the range, and I like that it is exactly 100 pounds less than my high weight (makes it super easy to calculate what percent of my goal I've reached!) To be totally honest, though, I don't know that I'll care if I hit that exact number. I know getting near it will make me soooo much healthier than I am, and that will be enough for me. Right now, its catchy and keeps me motivated - and thats good enough.

crk05
01-18-2008, 07:03 PM
Mine is my pre-pregnancy weight minus five. Basically the weight I was in college, which was a comfortable place to be for me!

THINBYJUNE
01-18-2008, 10:07 PM
I picked mine by going to about 20 different web calculators and putting in my stats. Then I averaged them all and went right in the middle. Once I picked it though I realized that I don't ever remember being at that weight. So I guess I'll see when I get there or get close.

Christine in NJ
01-18-2008, 10:18 PM
I started by just wanting to be in the healthy weight range for my height (BMI wise). I figured once I got there, I could reassess and determine what would be right for me. Once I got there, I realized that getting down to about 145 would probably be just about right. I am hoping to get a little smaller and hit 135 (so that I can say I lost 1/2 my body weight), but if I start to look unhealthy or feel unhealthy at that point, then it won't happen. I think if I can get to and stick to a weight between 140 and 145, I'll be a very happy girl. (Though believe me, I'm already happy to be so much lighter, fitter and healthier).

Leia
01-18-2008, 11:30 PM
I was healthiest in my runners body at somewhere between 140 and 150. I ran in school and on and off up until 1999. Then I just did occasional sprinting among weekly mountain or desert treks and hikes.

I gained 42 pounds in 2003. I gained another 17 pounds in the next 4 years. I want back to my starting weight of that dreadful year. Then figured I would go the extra two pounds just because. :)

vixjean
01-18-2008, 11:40 PM
the high end of my weight range
I have seen ranges that say I should be 90 lbs-114, but I know I am not suited for that, at my healthy fitness level I was 122-125,
this is on a weight range scale, i am not using the bmi scale becuase, at 130 I want to be very fit and toned.
Plus I just want my goal to be down right realistic and attainable!

ScorpioSunshine
01-21-2008, 01:25 PM
I gained all my excess weight within a short period of time (2 years). I had gained a little weight before then, but it didn't concern me because I still felt good, looked good, and was very active and healthy. I feel my best (and even look best) when I weigh between 135 and 150. I feel my *absolute* best when I'm around 135. Anything below that is not good for me.

Basically, I went back and looked at old pictures, examined my memories and my emotions, and honestly "pictured" myself at my happiest (from a purely physical view) and when I felt the healthiest. I was thinner than 135 (~ 115 or so) for almost my entire life, but I felt best and felt healthiest at 135 as opposed to a lower weight.

I tossed out all notions of how much I *should* weigh and just let my mind and body tell me where I need to be.

murphmitch
01-21-2008, 08:39 PM
Self magazine (Feb. 2008) had an interesting article on "Calculate Your Happy Weight". The article stressed that many women aim for an unrealistic goal that they can either not attain or cannot maintain without great sacrifice. The formula for calculating went like this:

1)Multiply your height in inches by itself, then multiply that number by 0.031.

2)Multiply the above number by 0.95 if you have a small frame, leave it alone if you have a medium frame, & multiply it by 1.05 if you have a large frame.

3)Add 1# if a sibling or parent is obese.

6)Subtract 1# if you exercise and weight train once a week, subtract 2# if you do it 3 x week, 3# if five or more times a week.

7)Add 4# if you smoked at least a pack a day for a year or more but have quit.

8)Add 1# if you allow yourself a treat now and then.

I thought this formula worked out to be very doable and made sense for me. The article gave the rationale for each criteria. I found it extremely interesting. :)

ThinAgainBeginAgain
01-21-2008, 09:12 PM
Wow! What a geat question, and I love all the great answers!!! Personally, I chose the weight I felt my most healthy after the age of 30 (Im 44, I don't pretend to be able to get back to my weight at age 16 easily!).... once I reach 157, I plan to 're-assess', as another poster put it, and decide if I am happy there or would like to lose a few more.

I don't think I'm alone in observing: South Beach really doesn't feel like a DIET, per se... it really truly feels like a new eating lifestyle. I just wish I discovered it sooner!

jillybean720
01-21-2008, 09:38 PM
I have NEVER been anywhere near a normal weight my entire adult life--I was 200 pounds by the end of 8th grade--so I have no idea what I'll look like when I get thinner. I just picked a number that seemed attainable. I think my weight will have to be a bit higher than the "healthy" or "normal" weight for my height because I'm 99.9% sure I'll end up with quite a bit of loose skin.

MellieInWI
01-22-2008, 12:06 AM
Self magazine (Feb. 2008) had an interesting article on "Calculate Your Happy Weight". The article stressed that many women aim for an unrealistic goal that they can either not attain or cannot maintain without great sacrifice. The formula for calculating went like this:

1)Multiply your height in inches by itself, then multiply that number by 0.031.

2)Multiply the above number by 0.95 if you have a small frame, leave it alone if you have a medium frame, & multiply it by 1.05 if you have a large frame.

3)Add 1# if a sibling or parent is obese.

6)Subtract 1# if you exercise and weight train once a week, subtract 2# if you do it 3 x week, 3# if five or more times a week.

7)Add 4# if you smoked at least a pack a day for a year or more but have quit.

8)Add 1# if you allow yourself a treat now and then.

I thought this formula worked out to be very doable and made sense for me. The article gave the rationale for each criteria. I found it extremely interesting. :)

I'm going to have to get a copy of this article. That's really interesting and the number I came up with is about what I feel I should weigh in the first place. Thank you for posting!

ScorpioSunshine
01-22-2008, 12:37 AM
Self magazine (Feb. 2008) had an interesting article on "Calculate Your Happy Weight". The article stressed that many women aim for an unrealistic goal that they can either not attain or cannot maintain without great sacrifice. The formula for calculating went like this:

1)Multiply your height in inches by itself, then multiply that number by 0.031.

2)Multiply the above number by 0.95 if you have a small frame, leave it alone if you have a medium frame, & multiply it by 1.05 if you have a large frame.

3)Add 1# if a sibling or parent is obese.

6)Subtract 1# if you exercise and weight train once a week, subtract 2# if you do it 3 x week, 3# if five or more times a week.

7)Add 4# if you smoked at least a pack a day for a year or more but have quit.

8)Add 1# if you allow yourself a treat now and then.

I thought this formula worked out to be very doable and made sense for me. The article gave the rationale for each criteria. I found it extremely interesting. :)

How interesting! I can actually add two pounds to my goal weight! LOL! :carrot:

GONNABE165
01-22-2008, 08:23 AM
I knew I needed to loose weight so I said I will start with loosing 50lbs and see how I feel then - if needed I will loose more.

tomandkara
01-22-2008, 09:15 AM
Self magazine (Feb. 2008) had an interesting article on "Calculate Your Happy Weight". The article stressed that many women aim for an unrealistic goal that they can either not attain or cannot maintain without great sacrifice. The formula for calculating went like this:

1)Multiply your height in inches by itself, then multiply that number by 0.031.

2)Multiply the above number by 0.95 if you have a small frame, leave it alone if you have a medium frame, & multiply it by 1.05 if you have a large frame.

3)Add 1# if a sibling or parent is obese.

6)Subtract 1# if you exercise and weight train once a week, subtract 2# if you do it 3 x week, 3# if five or more times a week.

7)Add 4# if you smoked at least a pack a day for a year or more but have quit.

8)Add 1# if you allow yourself a treat now and then.

I thought this formula worked out to be very doable and made sense for me. The article gave the rationale for each criteria. I found it extremely interesting. :)

Wow, Anne. That gave me 131.976 pounds. Really interesting! Thanks for posting that.

Kara

murphmitch
01-22-2008, 06:03 PM
It gives me 134# or so, depending how much of the exercise part I do & I know that is not my happy weight. I maintained between 120-125# for over 3 years on WW maintenance but after menopause, my metabolism is way off. I hope South beach will correct that and I can get back to the weight for all my clothes in my closet!

ThinAgainBeginAgain
01-22-2008, 07:03 PM
OMG! I guess I'm too old to trust myself to do math the long way!! When I broke out the calculator and re-did the Self Magazine formula, it came up with the EXACT weight I'd originally set for myself based on what weight I felt most comfortable at!! That thing is pretty darned accurate!!

P.S. Went out and bought Self magazine.

beachgal
01-23-2008, 12:01 PM
Thanks for posting the Self Magazine formula--that was interesting!

The most important thing about setting your goal weight, Mellie, is to be flexible with it, I think. Realize that you might not need to lose that much. Or perhaps you'll reach your goal and realize you need to lose more. What's very essential is to figure out how you'll know that you are done. How can you determine your health?

Consider whether your goal is realistic. Are you trying to become so skinny that you'll be unhealthy? Talk with professionals (nutritionists, doctors, etc.) about their opinion on your goal. Make sure it's a healthy and achievable one.

For many of us, the last time we were thin was more than a decade ago. If that's the case, you may find that even though you maintained a weight at that time, it might not be maintainable now. As we move out of our teens/twenties, we gain a small bit of weight (around 10 pounds). It's not realistic to expect yourself to weigh what you did when you were 16 if you're 35 now. ;)

I chose my goal weight based on what had been a setpoint for me in my early 20s, aware that I might be satisfied with my weight before I reached that point. When I hit 198 (about 25 lbs from goal), most of the people I knew thought I should be done. However, I still had a large roll of fat on my lower belly--and I didn't feel that having that much belly fat was healthy. I knew that when that fat was gone, I'd be done, regardless of what I weighed. Nonetheless, I hit a big plateau at that time and maintained it for 1.5 years. :shrug:

Just stay flexible, realistic, and healthy, and I think you'll find a goal you can reach and be happy with! :D