Hi all! I'm new here, and I haven't been on a diet in about ten years, but my weight's been gradually creeping up, and I think it's time I got in shape.
However, I'm running into difficulties selecting a goal weight. I picked 150 pounds first, because 100 pounds is a nice round number to lose, and it would put me at the top of my healthy BMI range. I started going to the gym, doing weights and the C25K program, and counting calories.
But yesterday I went to Boots and weighed myself and took my bodyfat reading. It said I weighed 242 pounds, and 107 of that was fat. That means everything but
fat is 135. However, obviously everyone needs some bodyfat! If I went down to 150, I'd be 10% bodyfat, which is way too low. Apparently 20% is an excellent level of bodyfat for a woman. That means I'd need to be 170 pounds to be 20% bodyfat with my current everything-but-fat weight. And that's assuming I don't gain any muscle! And 170 is in the middle of the overweight range for my height.
I didn't think I was that muscular. And I understand there's a margin of error on the machines. But I don't want to set a goal weight I can't achieve without losing muscle - that won't make me healthier. Can anyone advise on what a sensible goal would be?