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mimsyborogoves
01-09-2013, 03:04 AM
So, I've used those calculator/guide things that are supposed to tell you what your body frame is. Typically they say something like if you wrap your finger and thumb around your wrist and they don't touch you're large framed, touching means medium framed, and overlapping means small framed.

Well, since I've lost 80lbs, I've gone from not touching to touching. I always thought I was large framed cause my fingers didn't touch, lol... does this mean I'm actually medium framed? Your body frame can't change can it??


appyfizz
01-09-2013, 03:18 AM
Well, I tried it right now. While measuring my left wrist, the finger and the thumb meet easily. With the right wrist, there is almost a half cm. gap :?:

What to make of it ??

TTNMDANES
01-09-2013, 03:51 AM
Is it a huge difference between last time measuring or few centimeters or so? Reason being 70 pounds is alot and although it may not seem like your wrist were "fat" there may have been a little that you lost and now your wrist appear smaller.


delyn
01-09-2013, 03:59 AM
Your frame hasn't changed, but you probably lost fat around your wrists so now they're smaller. I think this thumb & finger rule probably only applies to those who aren't heavily overweight & thus not carrying a lot of fat.

I have several friends who are all skinny, except some have really wide wrists, while others have tiny ones. You were always probably medium framed.

sontaikle
01-09-2013, 07:04 AM
Your body frame can't change—it is what it is. You might just find you're small or medium framed when you thought you were large framed as you shed the pounds :) It's really hard to determine body frame with JUST those calculators, but look around! It's easy to see who is large framed, small framed, etc.

I always thought I was large framed. I don't really think so anymore. I think I'm small/medium framed.

However, if I go by the calculators, I actually get all three frame sizes. If I measure by my wrists, I get small framed. If I go by my elbow, I get large, and by my ankle I get medium! Perhaps I am a series of different body parts thrown together :lol:

LockItUp
01-09-2013, 10:25 AM
I always thought I was large framed, come to find out I'm SMALL! Any calculator I use comes out small. My fingers overlap if I wrap them around my wrist. If I uses a tape measure and plug my wrist, ankle or elbow measurement into a calculator, again, comes out small.

If I'd have done that a year ago it would have come out large, but it would have been skewed by the fact that I was obese and had fat padding my measurements.

It kind of makes me sad for my old self that I gave myself the excuse of being bigger (not obese but back in the day being around 155-165) and carrying extra weight under the guise of having a large frame.

Now that I'm at the lowest weight I've ever been in my life I can SEE I have a small frame and that I actually could be probably quite comfortable at around 120 pounds, but of course I have yet to see (but will soon).

CherryQuinn
01-09-2013, 11:10 AM
When I was at my biggest I thought I was definetly big framed. Now it turns out I'm small framed. All my fingers overlap and my wrist measurement for my height says I'm small framed as well. and I can actually see in the mirror that my bone structure is small for my height which makes me think my goal weight will probably be lower than 135 which I'm cool with but I will aim for weights bit by bit and see what happens. I think a lot of people who start off obese just assume they have to be large framed because you can't really tell with all that weight on.

Radiojane
01-09-2013, 11:49 AM
I am a truly large framed woman, I was even when I was measuring at 16 and at a healthy weight. Even so, my wrists, which I thought were the only not fat thing about me, have shrunk in the last 74 pounds. So it changes. It's hard to truly judge your frame if you aren't close to goal.

freelancemomma
01-09-2013, 03:22 PM
Typically they say something like if you wrap your finger and thumb around your wrist and they don't touch you're large framed, touching means medium framed, and overlapping means small framed.


Just curious: which finger? When I wrap my index and thumb around my wrist, they just touch. When I do my middle finger and thumb, there's an overlap. I don't think I'm small-framed, though.

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krampus
01-09-2013, 03:34 PM
I'm really small boned - size 6 shoes at 5'5, narrow hips, shoulders, double chin at 140 pounds, etc. How does the rest of you measure up with wrists?

My wrists have gotten a little bigger around with weightlifting.

mnemosyne
01-09-2013, 03:43 PM
Heh. Thank you for this thread. Did the 'measure fingers around wrist' thing today and finger/thumb meet - which is a new NSV for me, since 60 lbs ago there was a good 1/2 inch gap.

Garnet2727
01-09-2013, 04:11 PM
I'm large framed. My fingers definitely don't touch when encircling my wrists and I've lost close to 70. My doctor agrees that I have a large frame and I also have dense bones. Having dense bones is actually a good thing but it does bump my weight up more than then average woman.

Elladorine
01-09-2013, 04:28 PM
I'm on the tall side (5'8") and have always considered myself large framed. I remember not being able to touch my fingers around my wrist at all; they now overlap. I was always just big in general and was told I carried my weight "well."

I used to wear a size 10 ring (even when I was 14 years old!) and never thought I'd get under a 9. I now wear a 7 although I still have a lot of weight to lose. My shoes size has gone down from a 10 to a 9. And I'm now wondering if I am medium-framed after all? :^:

mayness
01-09-2013, 04:45 PM
One factor that method doesn't take into effect is finger length! I'm fairly small-framed, but my finger and thumb just barely touch, because I have miniature hands. :p

freelancemomma
01-09-2013, 04:51 PM
One factor that method doesn't take into effect is finger length! I'm fairly small-framed, but my finger and thumb just barely touch, because I have miniature hands. :p

Good point!

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novangel
01-09-2013, 05:33 PM
I'm definitely medium but I have the widest hips ever and no amount of weight loss will change that. I hate it. I have wide hip bones with skinny legs, buying jeans is a royal PITA because I'm not proportionate.

QuilterInVA
01-09-2013, 06:34 PM
Very few women are large framed. We'd all like to think we are, but it isn't so.

nelie
01-09-2013, 07:18 PM
I've known many large framed women but they aren't the average woman. I think I'm a medium frame, possibly small-medium but I really don't know for sure.

You really don't know your ideal weight until you are close to it though. There is a lot that goes into ideal weight including muscle mass and bone mass.

LockItUp
01-09-2013, 08:12 PM
One factor that method doesn't take into effect is finger length! I'm fairly small-framed, but my finger and thumb just barely touch, because I have miniature hands. :p

Wow I totally never thought of that!!! Very good point!

baker23
01-09-2013, 08:51 PM
I always assumed I had a large frame...broad shoulders and size 11 feet...but my fingers overlap my wrist by at least an inch(and I don't have freakishly long fingers,) and my measurements for my wrist, elbows, and ankles match up for a small frame 0.o Tis confusing...

Arctic Mama
01-09-2013, 11:16 PM
Your frame can't change, but we can definitely have some fat around our wrists/elbows that can obscure those measurements.

I have a medium to heavy frame - mesomorphic body structure, short waist, broad shoulders and hips, typically looking thinner at a given weight than the majority of the population, etc etc. But there are not actually all that many women built like me, a medium or light frame is more common for most women of European or Asian ancestry, with some notable exceptions.

As for me, the wrist measurement thing has never been accurate since my wrists were fat AND my fingers were pudgy at one point, too! But between the small loss of measurement in those parameters and an honest evaluation of my body mass distribution across my frame and the ratios of my measurements, I've come to accept a wasp waist or delicate neck is never in my future. I can be extremely fit and gorgeous, but my body simply isn't built like a swan - I'm a bit more like a finch ;)

ringmaster
01-10-2013, 12:08 AM
Is it a huge difference between last time measuring or few centimeters or so? Reason being 70 pounds is alot and although it may not seem like your wrist were "fat" there may have been a little that you lost and now your wrist appear smaller.

that's true...I have a watch I bought when I was 240+ pounds and the store actually had to ADD links to it. now when I wear it it's way too loose and needs those links removed, go figure... rings too, some that were tight before now slip on and off easily. it is weird, you might not really notice the fat on your hands and wrists, but it's there.

shcirerf
01-10-2013, 12:09 AM
Most women are most likely, medium frame, with certain variations, given body composition.

I have a friend who is a large frame from the waist up, she looks like an offensive lineman, she is scary big! But from the waist down, she is a medium.

For myself, I am a medium frame. However, I have big ole farm girl, muscular arms! I love them!

One tid bit about measuring from left to right wrist, the measurement will depend on if you are right or left handed. Your dominant had will probably bigger/larger, because you use it more.

I have come to the conclusion that God gave us what we have, and we have to choose to make the best of the good, and learn to love the rest because it is what we are!:carrot:

alaskanlaughter
01-10-2013, 12:44 AM
i can touch my fingers around each wrist now but couldn't when i was heavier...i have absolutely no idea what frame i might be because i do have a bit of dysmorphia, where i look in the mirror and only see the heavier girl i used to be...i also tend to zoom in on my problem areas...

however i was tested for osteoporosis and the technician was shocked at how low of a risk i tested at, for my age...my doctor later said that it meant that i have extremely dense bones...so perhaps that affects my weight on the scale(?) even my doctor agreed i didn't look 190 (which i weighed when i saw her last) and i figure doctors, above all, would be truthful

chubbiegurl
01-10-2013, 01:13 AM
I thought I read waist at first, kept thinking my fingers will never touch. Lol. Anyway I am kinda freakish my hands are two complete different sizes. My left goes around perfectly and my right does not at all. So what does that mean

Radiojane
01-10-2013, 12:14 PM
I never thought of the dominate hand thing. I can almost touch the tips of my nails on my left. There's a pretty big gap on the right though.

vabs
01-10-2013, 02:16 PM
I've never really bought into body frames. Some people have really long fingers, some people have wide hip bones, some people have wide shoulders... at all different heights and weights.

I DO believe there are people who more readily put on muscle than others. But other than that, I give more credence to body weight "settling" points.