I know what I consider my ideal weight. However, when I see ideal weight charts my ideal weight is still outside of the "ideal". Not all bodies are the same so I don't see how these charts can be all that accurate. Any thoughts?
Your ideal weight is where you are happy with your weight. Its really hard to measure an ideal weight with the scale although a body fat measurement would give you a closer expectation to what is ideal.
I think women generally should be in the low 20s in terms of body fat and I've heard 18% is a good fit percentage but it really depends on you and your goals.
You can't out-exercise poor eating habits.
I think you're right about every body being different. I know that I, for example, looked really trim and got a lot of comments about it when I was only at just below the boundary between "ideal" and "overweight" according to BMI for my height. People didn't believe me if I told them how much I weighed. But both sides of my family have a larger frame, like big rib cages and wide-set hip bones and stuff, so I dunno.
I know that Dr. Ian on Celeb Fit Club busted the myth of being "big boned," so I think it's probably less about your bones being bigger or heavier and more about the way your bones are shaped, how you carry the weight.
I know I'm rambling, but I also saw a study once that said people who are SLIGHTLY "overweight," meaning like less than 10%, had the lowest risk of death!
Bottom line: Your side panel says that your goal is 160 and that you're 5'8," which would give you a BMI of 24.3. That IS in the healthy range and is NOT in the overweight range! Check it out by googling BMI and then calculating yours. =)
I struggled a great deal trying to determine a goal for my "ideal" weight. I think if there was a time in your life when you felt confident about your body, that would be a good starting point. At least for now, I have chosen my weight in High School as my my ideal weight that I will strive to achieve.
In HS (20 years ago) I was within my recommended weight range, though at the high end. So I know that weight is achievable for my body type. When I went to college I got a bit heavier but I think I acutally looked better; the additional weight had redistributed from my belly and gave me a more curvy appearance that I had been lacking as a teenager. So perhaps my ideal weight is actually a bit higher than my high school weight.
I would use the top range of normal according to your body frame. Once you reach that, you can adjust accordingly. You can determine body frame by using the "elbow" test and then measuring between the space of your bones. I used to tell myself I was DEFINITELY a large frame. What I have come to discover and realize is that I am medium. By telling myself for years I was large-framed, it was a way to give myself permission to be overweight. I still am not at goal, nor do I know what my goal is.
"Be who you are, say what you feel. Those who matter, don't mind. Those who mind, don't matter." --Dr. Seuss
Last edited by Thighs Be Gone : 02-28-2009 at 07:58 PM.
okay i just reread the website where i posted and it says its supposed to be + or - 15% for women and 10% for men. but i couldnt sworn in class they said it was 10 percent. esp cause i think 15% below 115 would be too low, wouldnt it? i dont know now!