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    What do you all think of this?

    Usually all of us have a weight that is pretty easy for us to maintain (assuming you are not severely overweight). Like lets say for example, some girl wants to lose 5 lbs...but it's very difficult for her to get it off, and if she were to lose that or a little more, she would likely lose fertility, feel not-so-good physically, etc.

    So is there a "happy weight", where our body can maintain naturally and function well off of? The kind of weight where, even if you slip up once or twice a week with calories, you will still manage to "magically" maintain throughout the months?

    For example, I've been trying to lose 5 lbs for...well, months. I am not very overweight, I would just like to be leaner, even though I am technically pretty lean for a woman. I'm 5'1", with a good base of muscle, and I weigh 137 lbs. I fluctuate, but I always tend to remain around this weight (never higher) even if I'm not tracking calories. My body is healthy, I'm performing well, etc.

    I'm curious to see other thoughts on this, and whether those "last 5 lbs" are actually necessary, or even healthy for us to lose in the first place.

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    It's called homeostasis, and it defaults to leanness if you are getting all the nutrients you need and aren't consuming poisons.
    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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    • #3
      Batty wrote this today and I found it so inspiring. Check it out.

      http://www.batty.us/2011/01/be-strong-not-skinny/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
        It's called homeostasis, and it defaults to leanness if you are getting all the nutrients you need and aren't consuming poisons.
        I know it would default to an inevitable leanness...but what if you are already somewhat lean and want to get leanER?

        That was the thought of my post.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
          Batty wrote this today and I found it so inspiring. Check it out.

          http://www.batty.us/2011/01/be-strong-not-skinny/
          Dude, girl's got some fire power! Didn't her mom ever teach her not to play with guns? I LOVE IT!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
            It's called homeostasis, and it defaults to leanness if you are getting all the nutrients you need and aren't consuming poisons.
            plus one, give yourself the nutriiton your body needs and leanness is a byproduct
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
              Batty wrote this today and I found it so inspiring. Check it out.

              http://www.batty.us/2011/01/be-strong-not-skinny/
              Thank you for sharing that! I was lifting heavy at the campus gym surrounded by scrawny girl lifting 2 lb weights. In the locker room one actually said "You should really lay off the heavy weights, you're already bulky enough if you know what I mean..." *sob* I felt like I was back in junior high.
              The more I see the less I know for sure.
              -John Lennon

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              • #8
                Originally posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
                Thank you for sharing that! I was lifting heavy at the campus gym surrounded by scrawny girl lifting 2 lb weights. In the locker room one actually said "You should really lay off the heavy weights, you're already bulky enough if you know what I mean..." *sob* I felt like I was back in junior high.
                D: Never feel bad for lifting heavy! The nerve of some people, arghle, no words (not gonna lie, I would've punched someone, but I have a temper like whoa)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by unsuperb View Post
                  D: Never feel bad for lifting heavy! The nerve of some people, arghle, no words (not gonna lie, I would've punched someone, but I have a temper like whoa)
                  Ha ha, that would have been an awesome response. I just cried in the shower.
                  The more I see the less I know for sure.
                  -John Lennon

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                  • #10
                    I think there is a happy weight that your body can function at, and then there's the "happy" weight you think you'll do better at (but possibly have to fight tooth and nail and be overall miserable to achieve). Far too many people have this ideal number that they think will bring automatic happiness, but often it's unrealistic. I've given up the notion of dropping down to 140 pounds (achieved once upon a time, chronic runner/disordered eating habits); with my current body type and training, there's no way I can get to that weight. However, I can still fit in the majority of the clothes I have from that time and that counts more than what the scale says. So no, don't think the last 5 lbs are necessary.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
                      Ha ha, that would have been an awesome response. I just cried in the shower.
                      Aww, that makes me sad. I'll road-trip for you and dole out some punishments as a former rugby player, I've got this stuff down.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
                        Ha ha, that would have been an awesome response. I just cried in the shower.
                        Aww... *big hug*

                        Ya should go there, lift hard and show those girls how to kiss your ass.

                        And FWIW, my goal is to weigh 150 lbs so I can give "double red" at the blood drive, and still be a comfortable size 8. If I can gain 10 lbs and keep my size, that would be so awesome.

                        Never in my life would I have imagined I'd want to GAIN weight!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
                          Thank you for sharing that! I was lifting heavy at the campus gym surrounded by scrawny girl lifting 2 lb weights. In the locker room one actually said "You should really lay off the heavy weights, you're already bulky enough if you know what I mean..." *sob* I felt like I was back in junior high.
                          I say this with total sincerity: These girls are the sexist, coolest women ever. They are strong, driven and beautiful.

                          Don't ever let anyone pull you down! :[

                          "strong is the new skinny!"

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TheFastCat View Post
                            I say this with total sincerity: These girls are the sexist, coolest women ever. They are strong, driven and beautiful.

                            Don't ever let anyone pull you down! :[

                            "strong is the new skinny!"

                            <3
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                            I don't understand the "ick, muscles on girls" thing. I'd love to be cut. Muscles on girls are attractive, and show strength. I aspire to have the chutzpah to get some muscle mass like that!


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
                              Thank you for sharing that! I was lifting heavy at the campus gym surrounded by scrawny girl lifting 2 lb weights. In the locker room one actually said "You should really lay off the heavy weights, you're already bulky enough if you know what I mean..." *sob* I felt like I was back in junior high.
                              ugh...next time threaten to kick their asses i seriously have no patience for useless people.

                              as to the op's question, "the last 5 lbs" is really subjective. my "last 5 lbs" will probably put me around 23% BF, which is still a very healthy bodyfat level. others will have different preferences for leanness (some may be happier with more fat, some with less). i think the only way to know for sure is to observe how the fat loss effects your body and moods.


                              BTW batty, you look beautiful.
                              Last edited by Saoirse; 01-27-2011, 08:39 PM.
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