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2ndChance09
01-02-2009, 05:55 AM
Mine is currently 35.2 (yikes!). I can't wait to get under 30 because then I will be overweight and not obese. When I get to 179 lbs I will be at 29.9 so that will be exciting and when I get to goal I will be at 19.7 :carrot:


Beautiful Ace
01-02-2009, 06:12 AM
45.3.....lol Not for long!!!!!

heather88
01-02-2009, 06:17 AM
44.7 D:


fatmad
01-02-2009, 06:35 AM
hovering over 30, also want to be overweight! (not obese)

Beautiful Ace
01-02-2009, 06:44 AM
44.7 D: Say whattt? Where do you calculate your BMI? I'm 5'8 298 and mines a lot higher than yours. Am I doing mine wrong? lol

heather88
01-02-2009, 06:54 AM
Say whattt? Where do you calculate your BMI? I'm 5'8 298 and mines a lot higher than yours. Am I doing mine wrong? lol

I use fit day. I'll go update my current weight, because now I'm at 294.

Beautiful Ace
01-02-2009, 06:57 AM
I use fit day. I'll go update my current weight, because now I'm at 294.
Oh haha, that makes more sense! As if you didn't rush to go change your stats!!! I change them as soon as I get to the computer after finding out I've lost more:P

heather88
01-02-2009, 07:00 AM
Oh haha, that makes more sense! As if you didn't rush to go change your stats!!! I change them as soon as I get to the computer after finding out I've lost more:P
Haha, well I JUST joined and totally forgot that I had entered that info in. From now on I'm going to update it whenever I lose weight since I'm becoming more active.

Beautiful Ace
01-02-2009, 07:15 AM
Well that's good! Being an active member here, really keeps me going sometimes. Hope it does the same for you!

CousinRockingChair
01-02-2009, 07:40 AM
22 apparantly

momof4girls
01-02-2009, 08:26 AM
26.6 down from 38.8

Viatre
01-02-2009, 09:06 AM
My BMI is 28.2 and my goal BMI is 21.1, a lot of work to do!

CountingDown
01-02-2009, 09:40 AM
20.9 (down from 36.9)

RangerChic
01-02-2009, 09:43 AM
32.7 presently. I want to weigh 140, but the stupid thing says I'll still be "overweight." See, I've got big bones so I hate the BMI calculator for the most part since it doesn't calculate your body type (at 140 my BMI will be 26.5). But, if I get to 140, I'll be within 8 pounds of what "they" say is my ideal weight and I'm okay with that, the last 10 pounds are vanity anyway (course I might try to get down later on :p)

Thighs Be Gone
01-02-2009, 09:48 AM
Mine is 23.8--down from 32

Getting OUT of the "obese" category was my first mini-goal, and then it was to leave the "overweight" category. Health was a HUGE motivator for me after considering my own very UNHEALTHY biological family.

ETA: My goal of 140 will put me at 21.6

jahjah1223
01-02-2009, 09:58 AM
23.8 i think? it says on my ticker. My goal is 21.5. i cried the first time i got a normal Bmi.lol

Thighs Be Gone
01-02-2009, 10:01 AM
Disgruntled one, I run three miles every morning and would dare to say I am somewhat athletic. On top of that, I have an (almost) large frame. I do not think I will reach the 130's but reaching a healthy place on the BMI chart (under 25) is very doable.

nakedmango
01-02-2009, 10:01 AM
24, according to Fitday. RealAge made me vewy vewy angwy yesterday--my 'age' is higher than it could be in part because I 'need to lose weight'--even though it put me at 24.5. What?? That's 'normal' weight according to BMI. RealAge can kiss my dancing carrot. :carrot: I am not happy with RealAge right now. *goes off to sulk*

:dizzy:

TheMrs
01-02-2009, 10:09 AM
31.6

I had no idea what my BMI was until I saw this thread and googled a BMI calculator. I just knew that my doctor informed me that I was "obese" and left me sitting on the examination table... drooling on myself in shock.

TJFitnessDiva
01-02-2009, 10:13 AM
mine is 32.1 :) Down from 44.8!

Lori Bell
01-02-2009, 10:24 AM
Mine is 30.2 right now. I'm still obese :( The good news is I only have 2 pounds to go to be "overweight" and 34 pounds to be normal. I doubt I'll ever be normal. I've never been able to maintain that weigh for more than a few days/weeks. Well just see how it goes when I enter into maintenance at 175. It's actually quite scary for me to even think about.

Oh my starting BMI was 52.1 (Super-morbidly-obese)

TheMrs
01-02-2009, 10:30 AM
You all should be proud of yourselves for coming so far! Honestly, you have done incredible things - be proud of that fact! :D

OnlyWomanInTheHouse
01-02-2009, 10:30 AM
32.6, my first goal will put me at 26.6. My final goal will put me at 23.9.

stopeating
01-02-2009, 10:44 AM
24.3 but I want to be 20.7.

Tomato
01-02-2009, 10:47 AM
At the end of November, my BMI was 24.9 which is actually kinda funny because I don't have much extra fat to lose. But, BMI as such does not concern me because it does not take into account the percentage of body fat or the percentage of lean body mass; it is stricly a weight/height ratio.

It should a bit lower now as I dropped a few pounds in December.

midwife
01-02-2009, 11:23 AM
I'm with Tomato. BMI does not concern me either. My body fat percentage is about 14%. Part of me would love to see the 140s (I range 152-155 and I am 5'8"), but where would I lose 3-7 pounds from? I don't want to give up muscle mass and I'm not sure I can get my body fat percentage any lower. Weight, in and of itself, is just a number and the BMI is limited by only comparing height and weight. Body fat % is a far more meaningful number, in my opinion.

FB
01-02-2009, 11:27 AM
Like some others I pay closer attention to body fat percentages. BUH-UUUT- I just checked, mine is currently 21.95, down from 42.33. Yay!

midwife
01-02-2009, 11:50 AM
Like some others I pay closer attention to body fat percentages. BUH-UUUT- I just checked, mine is currently 21.95, down from 42.33. Yay!


:carrot: FB, you are such an inspiration!!

FB
01-02-2009, 12:06 PM
Oh midwife, thanks! :)

chick_in_the_hat
01-02-2009, 01:00 PM
29.7 down from 45.3...BMI is annoying to me because I have a lot of muscle...which means I'm smaller inch wise....but it's been a struggle to stay in the overweight category. Normal means I would have to get down to 145. I'll be happy if I can stay out of obese. :carrot:

river
01-02-2009, 01:04 PM
23.5 down from 26

WarMaiden
01-02-2009, 01:19 PM
37, down from 46. Goal should put me around 23, but I don't really consider BMI to be all that meaningful.

Schumeany
01-02-2009, 01:38 PM
I'm not so keen on BMI either...but mine is, according to the calculators, currently 20.7 down from 28.4 I think...

However, that said, the body fat calculator on my scale says my body fat is 19.2% and I just had it done with calipers and that says I'm at 19%. So, be wary of the BMI, I have a medium build, pretty broad shoulders and flaired hips (My measurements are 36/26/36). Like Midwife, BMI does not take into account my higher lean muscle mass percentage. It is a somewhat useful tool, but a VERY general one.

2ndChance09
01-02-2009, 01:45 PM
29.8 down from 35.9. Overweight by the skin of my teeth.
By the way when we all get to our goal weight I am positive the BMI scales will no longer work for us. They say people who are athletic aren't really getting a good reading off of the BMI system. Due to the composition of their body, so much muscle and all. Of course at end of our losing weight journey and beginning of our maintaining journey we will be buff!!!!!!! :yes:

That is true. When I was at 145 lbs I was in much better shape than when I was 115 lbs. At 145 I was all muscle and no fat and at 115 I was skinny but flabby. I think the BMI system is a good gauge but for people with a lot of muscle it might not be totally accurate!

Thighs Be Gone
01-02-2009, 02:50 PM
35.2 is my REAL AGE on realage.com......3 years + younger than I really am

JulieJ08
01-02-2009, 03:10 PM
It's so interesting to read those of you posting BMI and BF% for comparison!

My BMI has gone from 30.85 to 22.24. Obese to normal :)

I so wish I knew my BF%. I go from thinking it's probably higher than I think, to thinking it's probably pretty good. So yeah, I have no idea. But I can see some muscles!

Skinny Teen
01-02-2009, 03:28 PM
28.4
My goal will put me at 22.9 :D

muppetmummy
01-02-2009, 03:40 PM
Mine is 34.8 atm, my goal is 21.2 which will take me down to 8st

WarMaiden
01-02-2009, 03:44 PM
37, down from 46. Goal should put me around 23, but I don't really consider BMI to be all that meaningful.

For Julie's sake ;) I'll post my BF% numbers in addition.

Start: weight 289 / BMI 47 / BF 52% from scale / BF 58% calculated from BMI

Current: weight 235 / BMI 37 / BF 47% from scale / BF 48% calculated from BMI

Goal: weight 145 / BMI 23 / BF 20% from scale / BF 32% calculated from BMI

Just showing that there can be wide variation between BMI and actual bodyfat %s, again.

wfonseca3017
01-02-2009, 03:51 PM
my is 29 down for 32.2 .....

hiimnatalie
01-02-2009, 03:57 PM
Starting BMI 30.0
Current BMI 26.7
Goal BMI 23.3

JulieJ08
01-02-2009, 04:38 PM
For Julie's sake ;) I'll post my BF% numbers in addition.

Start: weight 289 / BMI 47 / BF 52% from scale / BF 58% calculated from BMI

Current: weight 235 / BMI 37 / BF 47% from scale / BF 48% calculated from BMI

Goal: weight 145 / BMI 23 / BF 20% from scale / BF 32% calculated from BMI

Just showing that there can be wide variation between BMI and actual bodyfat %s, again.

Thanks WarMaiden, it's really interesting to see the changes. :)

However you cannot calculate BF from BMI. I don't know what you're doing there?

WarMaiden
01-02-2009, 04:45 PM
However you cannot calculate BF from BMI. I don't know what you're doing there?

You actually can; there are several formulas which have been proposed for calculating BF% from BMI. See here: http://www.halls.md/bmi/fat.htm

The formula I am using is:

Adult Body Fat % = (1.20 x BMI) + (0.23 x Age) - (10.8 x gender) - 5.4

where male gender= 1, female=0.

This formula was derived from a study that's detailed at the link. It's pretty interesting, but the main point I'm making is that BMI is not necessarily predictive of BF% for a person who is regularly exercising, especially if they are doing strength-training.

FB
01-02-2009, 04:51 PM
Julie -
You can get a rough estimate of your body fat with a tape measure. The results are surprisingly close to the results I get at the gym...
Home body fat test (http://www.healthcentral.com/cholesterol/home-body-fat-test-2774-143.html)

michellenew
01-02-2009, 04:55 PM
27.4 (obese) from 38.36( clinically obese:eek:)

JulieJ08
01-02-2009, 05:06 PM
FB, I do that one every week after I take measurements. I just don't know if it accurate at all on me. Over the last 4 weeks it's been 26.5-26.8% BF. It doesn't always go in a consistent direction. At 190#, it told me 35.5% BF.

One thing that's weird about their calculation is that you can enter 3 decimal places for the thigh and calf measurement, but none for hips. I spend over a month going down each inch in the hips ...

Since it's based entirely on lower body measurements, I wonder if it's more accurate on pears or worse on pears? Not including waist *and* hips makes me think it's better suited to men than women.

This quote doesn't inspire much confidence: "It is usually quite accurate-- so if a man got 17 percent from this test, he could expect his true percent body fat to be anywhere between 15 and 19 percent." What? 2% off (and at the 17% level) is "quite accurate"?

But at the time, I tried three different ones, and this one I think gave me the middle value, so I went with it.

WarMaiden, given the difference between the two methods you're using to measure or estimate BF, one of them ain't worth doin' ;) Maybe both, if the accurate number is in the middle.

I want to get the immersion BF test some time. Someday ...

JackieRn
01-02-2009, 05:09 PM
I started out at 24.7 currently 20.8 goal is 20.3.

FB
01-02-2009, 05:31 PM
I want to get the immersion BF test some time. Someday ...
Oh me too. But the tough guys at my gym say it's very difficult to do, I'm scared!

WarMaiden
01-02-2009, 05:34 PM
WarMaiden, given the difference between the two methods you're using to measure or estimate BF, one of them ain't worth doin' ;) Maybe both, if the accurate number is in the middle.

I'm not using them both. I'm using the number from my scale as my BF%, because I expect that it's fairly accurate. The BMI calculation is merely interesting, and I like seeing it alongside my numbers as an indicator of "If I were a typical non-exercising person, this is what my BF% would be at this weight."

nakedmango
01-02-2009, 05:36 PM
Adult Body Fat % = (1.20 x BMI) + (0.23 x Age) - (10.8 x gender) - 5.4

where male gender= 1, female=0.


This one put me at 31%. My home body fat scale says 29% or 30%, depending its mood.


Home body fat test (http://www.healthcentral.com/cholesterol/home-body-fat-test-2774-143.html)

This one put me at 26.5%. But the interesting thing is that it said my lean body mass then would be 94 pounds. Calculating my lean body mass as I lost weight has always yielded wonky results--my home body fat scale puts me at 29 or 30%, which would mean I've lost lean muscle mass since I've been losing weight. And I know a lot of people do lose lean muscle mass, but I've been doing weight and resistance training since I joined the gym in September, and I'm pretty confident I haven't lost muscle. So basically this means my home body fat scale is full of crap--which I should have guessed it was. I may not have gained three pounds of muscle since I've been trying to lose weight, but I probably haven't lost muscle either. Note to self: Mango, the scale is a convenient tool, but it is by no means a perfect tool! :dizzy:

Thanks for the reminder, ladies. Once again, this forum and the fabulous people on it have been very, very helpful!

WarMaiden
01-02-2009, 05:39 PM
This one put me at 26.5%. But the interesting thing is that it said my lean body mass then would be 94 pounds. Calculating my lean body mass as I lost weight has always yielded wonky results--my home body fat scale puts me at 29 or 30%, which would mean I've lost lean muscle mass since I've been losing weight. And I know a lot of people do lose lean muscle mass, but I've been doing weight and resistance training since I joined the gym in September, and I'm pretty confident I haven't lost muscle. So basically this means my home body fat scale is full of crap--which I should have guessed it was. I may not have gained three pounds of muscle since I've been trying to lose weight, but I probably haven't lost muscle either.

You may or may not have lost muscle, but it's very possible you have lost lean body mass, because LBM also includes things like blood volume and water weight. Your body is made up of more than fat and muscle, but your scale is telling you only the proportion of fat.

JulieJ08
01-02-2009, 05:53 PM
I'm not using them both. I'm using the number from my scale as my BF%, because I expect that it's fairly accurate. The BMI calculation is merely interesting, and I like seeing it alongside my numbers as an indicator of "If I were a typical non-exercising person, this is what my BF% would be at this weight."

Ah, gotcha. That is an interesting thought.

river
01-02-2009, 07:20 PM
That is true. When I was at 145 lbs I was in much better shape than when I was 115 lbs. At 145 I was all muscle and no fat and at 115 I was skinny but flabby. I think the BMI system is a good gauge but for people with a lot of muscle it might not be totally accurate!

BMI is just a guideline for the masses. It's off for athletes or people with large or small frames.
2ndChance, I'm with you on this, my lowest weight was 127 and I wasn't in great shape, but at 140-145 with muscle I looked really fit (I know those weights seem low for my height but I'm small framed with zero hips).

RangerChic
01-02-2009, 08:04 PM
Wow, I don't know if that Home Body Fat Test FB posted is right because it says that:
You have 16.4% body fat.

You have 28.2 Pounds of fat and 143.8 Pounds of lean (muscle, bone, body water).

That is just a bit shocking to me. Although, I am a big boned person, so I believe I do have more lean, but my body fat percentage seems low. I'd put it more at maybe 20-25% if I had to guess.

Schumeany
01-02-2009, 08:28 PM
With the home body fat test, I came in at 21.2% which is pretty close to my BMI, but about 2% higher than the calipers and my home scale. Who knows? I need to get dunked...:)

JulieJ08
01-02-2009, 08:44 PM
Wow, I don't know if that Home Body Fat Test FB posted is right because it says that:
You have 16.4% body fat.

You have 28.2 Pounds of fat and 143.8 Pounds of lean (muscle, bone, body water).

That is just a bit shocking to me. Although, I am a big boned person, so I believe I do have more lean, but my body fat percentage seems low. I'd put it more at maybe 20-25% if I had to guess.

I may be wrong, but if you're 5'0" and 173#, I think you probably made a mistake somewhere in the data entry to get 16.4% BF. I know on the first page you have to select male vs female, and pounds vs kg.

cakses
01-02-2009, 10:39 PM
I don't stress about this number too much but I started at 35.0 and I am currently at 27.0.

sacha
01-03-2009, 01:37 AM
I may be wrong, but if you're 5'0" and 173#, I think you probably made a mistake somewhere in the data entry to get 16.4% BF. I know on the first page you have to select male vs female, and pounds vs kg.

Yes, that must be a mistake, because 16% is about as lean as female bodybuilders get midway through their dieting for competitions. I was 16% at 5'5 & 112lbs while training for a major fitness test.