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10-17-2004, 01:52 PM
I think I have read something about this post before on 3fc. I have looked all over the web and gotten very different ideas of ideal weight for height. Just wondering what you chicks find to be your ideal weight for your height? Maybe we could all post to see what the general feeling is for each person's height?

Im 5'9" and Im thinking my ideal is 165

And you?

10-17-2004, 02:29 PM
I'm 5'6" and I know what the height/weight charts say about me but because of my bone and muscular structure, I am not sure. That is why my current goal weight is 199 because at that point, I think I'll have a better idea of what I should weigh. From doing body fat percentage tests, my body weight without fat is supposedly somewhere between 160 and 170 and since the weight/height charts say I should weigh around 140-150, I think it is kind of impossible.

10-17-2004, 03:13 PM
Since I attend Weight Watcher meetings, I go by their ranges, which lists 169 as the top (I'm also 5'9") for women over 45. Women between 25-45 have a maximum of 162, and under 26, the maximum for that height is 155.

I'm hoping my body will want to go to 161, but as long as I'm in the 160s, I don't care that much.

10-17-2004, 03:26 PM
i'm like a dwarf here... LOL i'm 5'3" on a good day... well, i was the last time i measured anyway.
ww chart says my range is 113 to 135 pounds

i'm not sure what my frame size is but i do know that when i weighed 123 pounds back in high school i looked sickly. so i'm probably good at around 130-135 or so. but i'd be happy with 150 too though.

10-17-2004, 04:02 PM
I am 5'9 with a very large frame, and the charts say I should be between 165-180. I would be ecstatic at 180, but I will see when I get there.

10-17-2004, 05:54 PM
I too am 5'9 wow alot of tall chicks in here lol and I also have a large frame. Uo until 6 years ago I stayed between 170 and 185 and let me tell you girls I was told lots of times I looked smaller than I weighed hope to get back there .
s/w-around 320

5 pounds of fat gone
10 1/4 inches gone

10-17-2004, 10:31 PM
I'm 5'6" and I can't even imagine ever getting down to the 140-150 that's suggested. I know that I have very large bones, broad shoulders. When I was 14 (and at my top height) I was a little over 200lbs, and looking at pictures of myself then, I cannot even fathom losing 60 lbs off of that - it honestly looks impossible to me - 60 lbs is a lot! But who knows, maybe once I get down to 200 I'll have a better understanding of what I should be at, but I have a feeling it will be more like 170 or 180.

10-18-2004, 12:39 AM
I have never been able to figure out if "ideal weight" charts are medically- or aesthetically-based. My doctor would be happy if I could just lose 20 lbs., but aesthetically, I need to lose about 100. (Then again, what's aesthetically pleasing to one person might not be to another, or that person's whole sense of aesthetics might be warped to begin with.)

The charts say I should be between 123 and 154 lbs. at 5'6". I was 132 once upon a time, and I was almost skeletal. Anything much below 135 is too small for me. Then again, I was a goddess at 163. Of course, I was working out seven days a week for up to 90 minutes per day and had a ton of muscles.

10-18-2004, 07:27 AM
i've been told my ideal weight is 13 and a half stone (189lb) for my height at 6' but the tanita scale thingys say i have 215lb mass without fat and i'm looking to increase it hehehehe

Ivanna B. Skinny
10-18-2004, 10:25 AM
Im 5'10", large framed, and the "ideal weight" for me would be 160. My goal is 170ish. When I get there, we'll see, maybe I'll take off a little more.

10-18-2004, 02:20 PM
I'm 5' 7" with a large frame. I think the charts I looked at in the past put my ideal weight at 150. One of the diet sites said that is too high - that my goal weight should be 132 - yeah right. When my trainer put my info into their program, she told me 150 is too low. Their system says my ideal weight should be around 170 :) . At this point, I'm just looking forward to getting to 250.

10-18-2004, 03:40 PM
I'm 5'4" My ideal weight is 125-140 I am shooting for 130

10-18-2004, 03:46 PM
If I wore 6 inch heels, I'd be the ideal weight right now. :D

10-18-2004, 04:00 PM
:lol3: You kill me! By all means, wear the heels, then!!!!

I could chop off a couple of limbs and be at goal now. Whaddya think? Do I really *need* my right side?

10-18-2004, 04:09 PM
I am 6'3 and they say 190 for me. I can tell you right now that will never happen. I am going for 240 and will probably shot for 220 after that but I will never see Onederland. I have a very large frame and most people would not guess me at the weight I am. The bigest goal for me is first 299 and then 245. At 245 I will be half the person I started out at. At that point I will see if I want to go lower or not.

10-18-2004, 04:10 PM

These numbers are based on ancient insurance company tables used to predict longevity. They have little to do with real health or size.

The number you want to go by is BODY FAT %. Two people can be the same gender, age, height, and weight, but be different sizes due to differences in body composition. This is part of what they mean by "frame size" but that only takes into account skeletal structure. Another very important component of weight and body composition is muscle. The person with the least fat relative to muscle is going to be SMALLER than another person of the same weight/height/etc. The flip side of that is that two people can be the same size, but if one has a smaller fat/lean ratio, they will be heavier. It's not what you weigh that matters, but what percentage of your body weight is made up of fat.

The guidelines for ideal body fat % for women is also all over the map. It's generally agreed that 25% or under is desirable. The low end of the range usually varies from 18% to 20%. Some women are able to go lower and sustain it, but some experience problems such as irregular or stopped periods at the lower percentages.

So, as a person who's always been overweight, my goal right now is 22% body fat. At 5'9", my current lean weight is about 137. That means 137 pounds of my body weight is muscle, organs, bones, skin, etc. So, if I didn't lose any more lean weight (always possible with weight loss, even with strengtht training), 22% body fat for me would be about 175. And that, my dears, is WAY off the top of the "ideal range" of any height-weight chart, yet is perfectly healthy.

10-18-2004, 04:15 PM
Just thinking on this again ... I was just trying to calculate something out - the last time I had one of those % body-fat tests done at the gym, it said that approx. 142 lbs of my weight was not due to fat and the rest of it was (roughly the same amount).

So taking the 142 lbs then adding on enough weight to achieve an ideal weight where my body-fat percentage is 25%, I get roughly 189 lbs. And I'm 5'6". The recommended weight is 140-150 lbs.

In any case, I'm definitely going to wait until I get down to 200 lbs before I set myself any goal more specific than that.

ETA: posted just after you there, funniegirl - sounds good to me!

10-18-2004, 05:04 PM
One thing to be aware of is that you WILL lose some lean as you continue to lose body weight -- as I said, even with serious weight training it's inevitable. In the time my weight dropped from 240ish to 195ish, about 5 pounds of that was non-fat -- my lean body weight dropped from about 142 to 137. But, the numbers you have are a great place to start.

10-18-2004, 05:07 PM
Even though when I originally had my body fat percentage and my lean mass came out as 176, I figured that once I stop carrying around a 350+ lb body, my legs will become less muscular, even though I have been doing a lot of weight training. It is good to have a goal but also the wait and see approach is what I'm going for.

10-28-2004, 02:35 AM
After reading this I think maybe I need to rethink my goal weight because I have a large frame and the charts say that at 5'7" I should be at around 145. The last time I was anywhere close to that weight I was twelve years old! :^:
So I think I will shoot for 200 and go from there.

02-16-2006, 02:59 PM
The ideal weight/height for 5'9" listed on the Weight Watcher's website is in my signature. I'm also 5'9".

02-16-2006, 03:26 PM
WoW!!!! You women are a bunch of AMAZONS!!!!!

I'm five foot NOTHING!!! That's right...5' 0" :lol:

My ideal weight by some calculators is 97-125 lbs. (I think)

I'll be VERY happy if I ever get to 150...and I guess I'd decide from there by how I felt.


02-16-2006, 04:05 PM
I'm 6'1" and my ideal weight is between 145-185. Because I have a large frame, I am aiming for 185, but would be very happy just to be in one-derland!

02-16-2006, 04:39 PM
Maybe if I was 8' tall, I'd be at my ideal weight now! :D


02-16-2006, 04:46 PM
Another "Amazon" here at 5'9", although I'm actually the shortest person in my family. The ideal high goal weight for me, according to Weight Watchers, is 169--not sure what the low end is, but I'm shooting for 161 just because I want to lose 100 lbs.

02-16-2006, 04:50 PM
I'm 5'6, and everything that I've ever read says that I should be at 111-120 pounds. I'm sorry, but that just is TOO skinny for my taste. I want to be curvy...I've never been an "ideal" weight. My goal is to be at 200 by the time I turn 21, and maybe I'll stay there, and maybe I'll go down. To say 170. But I'd be very happy at 200. That's 150 less than I started. :)

02-16-2006, 05:00 PM
I am about 5'5, so my ideal weight would be pretty low.

At this point, I just want to be on ONEderland

02-16-2006, 05:07 PM
Hi everyone,

Ditto to all the other 5'9" who just want to be in one-derland. I'm aiming for 180s but I haven't been there since college, who knows what I will look like at that weight. What I really want is to be a size 10/12. That's what I'm really aiming for.

02-16-2006, 05:19 PM
I love being tall and carring my weight well. I played college volleyball and maintained a weight in the 180's. I don't plan on getting that low this time and will stay above 200. That is more than thin and fit enough for my frame and musclature

02-16-2006, 06:24 PM
I'm 5'9'' too! The top end of the normal BMI range is 168, so I set my initial target for 160 because it was just under it, and a nice round 100lb gone. I never intended for that to be a hard and fast goal, although that was possibly because I never expected to get there ;)

Now I'm 166 and therefore a normal BMI. BUT, I suspect that I could and probably should lose more than 6lb more. My body fat isn't too bad, but it's higher than it should be, and there are distinct pockets of fat that would benefit from being evicted.

I don't want to change my target officially until I've hit my 100lb goal, but at the moment I'm thinking that somewhere between 150-155 might be more realistic for me, although I'm not going to move my target by much more than 5lb at a time at this stage, and I'll really see how my body feels at each weight.

To be honest, when you're losing a lot of weight, it's very hard to know exactly where you want to end up, and I would definitely recommend thinking more of a target weight range than a particular number, and then reassessing once you get to the higher end of that range. I've often thought of my goal as more 150-170 than dot on 160, and now I'm at the higher end I know that I should probably be thinking more about the lower end.

Aiming for a size can be good, but you might find that you can get smaller than you originally thought. I'm currently in sizes that I thought I would stop at (or never get to) and still feel like I can lose more. Not a bad position to be in I guess!

And please remember, that all my numbers are for me, how I carry my weight and my frame. What feels right for me might not feel right for someone else, so just because I'm considering aiming for 150 doesn't mean that anyone else has to!

02-16-2006, 06:43 PM
I'm 5'10. The chart I looked at suggests a maximum weight of 173. I'm going for 175 cause, really...who wants to be a stick??

02-16-2006, 06:56 PM
I'm 5'7 and I'd like to be 150'ish. I think.:shrug: I've only been there on the way up and that was as a teenager. My biggest mental goal right now is to get to 199!

02-16-2006, 07:03 PM
Good topic! I'm 5'5". The WW suggested goal for this height (I am under 45) is something - 144. (I laughed at the "something" so I don't know how low that was!) I was 145 for about 5 minutes in the mid-90s and I couldn't maintain it. I think 150 would be a lovely size for me, but at this point, you know, anywhere under the official OBESE category sounds pretty good.

02-16-2006, 07:08 PM
I am 5'7", and I am shooting for 130. I think I have a small frame. But I think anywhere between 130 and 150 would be great. I'll have to see when I get there!

02-16-2006, 07:42 PM
If I were 6' 1" I would be in the "normal" category for BMI now. :lol: But, I'm not that tall, and at medium-framed 5' 4" I'll reach that category at 145 pounds.

I chose my target largely because I want to know how it will be to weigh less than my hubby (and OCD dictates I shoot for a number that is a multiple of 13. :crazy: ). It's still at the high end of the "normal" weight range for my height, and when I get there I'll re-evaluate how I feel, and adjust up or down accordingly.

I really couldn't give a monkey's what all the charts say I should weigh, and I can't remember what I weighed when I felt really great (I'm guessing around the 150 mark :dunno: ), so I'm just experimenting really. I'll be 40 years old in a couple of months, so I'm allowed an extra few pounds leeway, right? :^: :p

02-16-2006, 09:47 PM
i believe that my ideal weight is 160 at the very top of the scale or something around that range. I'm 5'6. But I want to be 140.. where I look good ;)

02-17-2006, 01:48 PM
I'm 5'4" (actually 5'3 and 3/4) and I was able to maintain a healthy 160 from the time I was 18 until I gained all this weight from depro and falling in love :)

seriously I don't see myself going much lower than 160. I'm healthy, I move good, look good and think I feel healthier

02-17-2006, 04:27 PM
I am 6ft tall, and I have a large bone structure and around 55% of my 348lbs is lean tissue mass
The BMI chart says that I should weigh like 160 -180lbs to not be categorized as overweight.
I have around 193lbs of lean tissue/muscle right now, so I know that weighing 180lbs is not an option.... My goal is 200 lbs for my height and body structure. I don't know if that is too low, and may have to adjust my goal as I lose weight. I know that I was a size 18 at 230lbs (but I didn't have alot of muscle mass either), so I we'll just have to see. I don't know what I will look like, but I bet I'll look damn fine at that weight, even though the BMI chart says I'll still be overweight. :carrot:

02-17-2006, 10:01 PM
I'm 5'1" with a medium frame and the charts say I should weigh between 100 and 110 lbs.:rolleyes: I weighed 112 when I graduated from high school. I would like to lose down to 135 and get off my medications. According to the charts I'm not overweight I'm undertall.


02-17-2006, 10:49 PM
well, i am 5'9 and i have no idea what i should weigh. I am big boned. But right now i weigh about 400 which i would have to be 10 feet tall and bullet proof for it to be normal. So i guess i will just lose until im comfortable with how i look. LOL

02-18-2006, 02:09 AM
I'm 5'6, and everything that I've ever read says that I should be at 111-120 pounds.

*faints* That can't be right. :yikes: I'm 5'6 too, well... and a half (I feel like a kid when I say that lol) I swear I was 5'7 once. Dunno what happened. :dizzy: No way I could ever be 120. Or 111! I want some curves too. I'm shooting for 155 to have a normal BMI, and then I'll see from there. A bit lower for sure, I don't want to be too close to the edge of overweight! lol

But first...I'd looking forward to ONEderland. Weee!

02-19-2006, 12:03 AM
Hi! I'm new here, but just had to chime in.

I have struggled with those weight charts forever. My DH and I now must get serious about our weight because we are self-employed and can not get health insurance while we are "obese". The insurance companies are not allowed to give us target weight, but told us to ask our doctor.

My doctor calculated that I should be 128 at 5'8"! Unbelievable!

When I was 16 yo, I hit my lowest ever weight of 175. I wore a size 12 and felt great. I wanted to lose just a bit more to smooth my tummy. I have set my target weight at 150, but I think my BMI will be OK at 160. Hopefully that will make those insurance nuts happy!

02-24-2006, 12:13 AM
... The insurance companies are not allowed to give us target weight, but told us to ask our doctor. My doctor calculated that I should be 128 at 5'8"! Unbelievable!...

Holy CRACK-SMOKING Madness! :lol:

I'm 5'8" too, and that is a real low weight for you! Death skinny no, but whoa, 19.5 BMI! Usually the medical people say 20 BMI is a good ending point. If you went to 121, you would actually be defined as Underweight by the CDC. Having your goal be only 7 pounds up from that strikes me as... erm... unrealistic ;)

The Weight Watchers tables suggest a range of 131-164 for 5'8", and the suggested maxs go up with age. These numbers go from 20-25 BMI.

But like others have said, BMI and weight are really not the important goals, body fat is.

But 128?! I will never EVER be that small unless someone liposuctions out every fat cell in my Rubenesque body! :rofl:

02-24-2006, 12:47 AM
I too am 5'9 wow alot of tall chicks in here lol

Hmm... I guess so! Usually I'm the biggest one around, with no other women being taller than 5'8" at the most.

I'm 5'10", "large framed" - every chart I ever saw said 135-174 was in range, with 150 being ideal. The smallest I've ever been as a full-grown adult was 173. Maybe I'd like to get to 165 (where my sister is), but I'd be happy to be back to 173. :carrot:


Winston Kelly
02-24-2006, 08:59 AM
I was 5'9" my whole adult life but I have lost 1½” over the last 10 years (I’ll be 53 this year). I always looked good at 170lbs and was able to maintain my weight. As soon as I would try to “diet” so as to get under 170lbs., I would start to gain weight - FAST!!!! I have a medium frame.

I would imagine my ideal weight would be somewhere between 165 - 150. Seems to be an impossible goal at this point. :(

02-24-2006, 09:55 AM
Nothing is impossible! :D 100lbs is a long road.. but one definately worth the taking :D :D

Optical Goddess
03-14-2006, 01:55 PM
I noticed that no one has posted anything for a while, so I'm not sure how active this particular thread is, but I am very happy to have found it. In the last few days I've eaten beyond my calorie range. Today on the scale it said that I gained about 2 lbs...I freaked out before I realized that I ate chips and had beer last night which is going to cause water weight gain, and I do work out for an hour daily at the Y, w/ cardio and weights, so this is only a bump in the road. I have been weighing about 155 ( but people tend to guess I weigh 140 ). So I'm doing something right. I was glad to see that everyone feels the same way I do in cases of ideal weight charts. I play poker with two women, one is five six or five seven and weighs normally 130, but has shrunk to 115 due to a bad situation. It's just the way she is, she's even been to the Dr. about it. She's just a tiny framed person> i am five seven and am shooting for 145-150 right now, but with weights and working out more, who knows?

Also, even if I go beyond my caloric intake, it doesn't always mean I'll gain. I'm shooting for two lbs loss per week, which is a 1000 cals a day, so I may just lose less, or stay the same...

I was _so_ freakin' out before I saw this thread. I've calmed down and realized it's just a bump in the road.

03-14-2006, 07:31 PM
I'm a newbie, too. I am 5'8" as well, and the lowest I've been in a while is 190. Right now that looks and sounds great. I felt great and could sit in the front passenger seat of the car and fold both legs onto the seat.:dance: I could also wear a M or L shirt off the rack and I was wearing a 16 pants.

The lowest I've ever been is 165 and I really didn't stay there long, but I was a size 12 or a 13 juniors (hard to imagine!). I am not really focusing on the scales or BMI... just want to be healthy. Since I'm almost the big 40, I think 170 sounds great to me! Hopefully that will translate into a size 12 again!

03-14-2006, 07:40 PM
Well I used to weight 160 back in the day lol and was wearing a 12 jeans I want to get back to 160 but, I dont have to wear a 12 I would be happy in a 16. I do have to remember I haven't been that small since I was in high school but, for my hight 5'8 162 is where I supposed to be at I know I am going for 160 but, if I can get to 162 then that is fine with me I just have to keep up the good eating and working out to maintain my weight. :) I know its a long road to go down but, its even longer after I reach my goal.

03-14-2006, 11:58 PM
I honestly wonder about some of those charts. Like others have said I am using body fat percentages, clothes size and generally how I feel.

I am 5'4" with a large frame, my wrist is almost 7 1/2 inches and it's probably one of the few places with no fat. So that's just the measurement of the wristbone.

I really want to be a size 14. I was all through high school, but I was constatnly comparing myself to my size 7 friends. Now I know, much too late, that I was fit and active and just right for me at the size I was. So my goal is eat as healthy as possible, move as much as possible and ditch the size 22 and get back to size 14.

Good luck everyone in your quest to your right weight/size. We can do it together!

03-15-2006, 02:27 AM
I've always gone by the idea that you take 5 feet of height and call that 100 pounds. 5 pounds for every inch of weight above that. So for me at 5'6 I should weigh about 130 pounds. When I was young and thin, I looked good at that weight, and could have stood to lose maybe 5 pounds to 10 pounds more.

Now that I'm the age I am, and have been fat a lot of my life and have worked out a lot, I figure I have more muscle than I did then. My "fat percentage" information indicates that I would be about 150 or so without any fat, so I've been figuring I want to get to maybe 160 or so. I'll go all the way to 130 if I ever get to 160 and am not happy with the way I look, but I do think that age and muscle condition as well as frame size makes a difference. I have a large frame with a 7 inch wrist, so I figure I can carry a little more weight and still look good.

03-15-2006, 08:28 AM
I'm 5'7" and 143(.5!) lbs. I'd be happy at this weight if my fat would just redistribute itself! I'm a little bottom-heavy and really aiming to tone more than lose pounds. According to weight charts, I'm just above the middle of the halfway 'normal' mark. They also say I could be as low as 125, but I think I would disappear!

Scrappy Chick
03-15-2006, 01:28 PM
This is a question I have struggled with lately. I know I shouldn't get so hung up on a number, but I am very number oriented and need a specific goal to shoot for. According to the BMI chart, I should be between 132 and 144 lbs. But according to the company wellness testing, my ideal weight range is 145-163 lbs. HUH? What is that based on? Since I have been obese my entire life, I have no memory of what I felt like at either weight. I do remember being in the 160's in high school and thinking I was the fattest person in the world. Of course, compared to my friends, I was.

For now I have set me goal at 140, but I am sure I will re-evaluate as I approach it to see how I feel. A visit to my doctor is in order, but I don't know what he is going to tell me either.

03-19-2006, 09:18 PM
5'7", large frame, 150-160lbs

03-29-2006, 08:00 PM
I am 5'9. When I was in college I weighed about 145. That put me in a size 6. When I was 185 and I wore a size 12. If I can get to that weight I will be happy. 145 was too small for me.

03-30-2006, 12:38 AM
I am just under 5'5" and my wrist is almost 8". According to the charts, I should be between 136 and 150. At 120, I ended up in the hospital and wasn't released til I was up to 130. I am aiming for 135. I would be in a size 8, at least the last time I was there, I was an 8. But I truly would be happy in a 12.

03-30-2006, 10:49 AM
I had my lean body mass calculated a few years ago and it came up to be around 170. Which means if I had no fat and was just skin, muscle, bone and organs, I'd weigh 170. I'm 5'6. I know as I lose weight, I'll also lose muscle considering it takes a lot of muscle to move my weight around. My legs are very muscular. I wouldn't say I'm larged boned but I'm probably medium/large.

03-31-2006, 10:26 AM
I'm 5'11" and all the charts I've seen say between 150 and 175. Personally I think I'd be a stick at 175 (I have a big frame), but I have that listed as my current goal. If I get to Onederland (even 199), I'm going to have a party. I will probably re-evaluate my end goal as I get closer to it. I don't remember weighing less than 200 lbs, although I must have at some point.

03-31-2006, 03:09 PM
My perspective now (although I think I've posted on here now). I couldn't ever imagine being 160. It seemed impossibly thin when I was sitting in the mid 250s. I couldn't possibly imagine that so much of me was redundant and useless. But now I'm here, I can see areas where I'd like to lose more. There are some parts of me that I wouldn't like to lose more weight from, and other areas where I would. If only I could spot reduce ;) The truth is, even if you've been a certain weight before (which I hadn't, or not for long), your body may well look different this time round, and until you get there you just won't know. I still don't know exactly where I want to be, but I'm hoping I'll know it when I see it!