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    With some past eating "issues", my image of ideal weight is a little skewed (at least I can admit it!). I am 5'7" female, medium build, pretty decent muscle mass. What is my ideal weight? I'm not talking BMI- I mean to look fit and healthy, what's ideal?

    How do I know when I've reached it? Every time I've set a goal weight and gotten there, I decide I was wrong and keep trying to loose more. (OK, maybe those issues aren't so in the past.....)

    Thanks!

  • #2
    I wouldn't worry about weight, I would need to be 200lbs to not be overweight according to BMI, but if I was nearer 250 lbs I would look athletic, muscular and powerful.

    Unfortunately I'd let your waist and looks be your guideline rather than your weight. Saying that, many of my friends look good around your height and they're around 10 stone/140lbs.

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    • #3
      I'd also say around 140-150, especially if you're more muscular than the average woman.

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      • #4
        I am 5' 7" and would look quite thick at 140. Depends on your bone structure....I am very small boned and am about to settle into maintenance at 120.
        Last edited by dacec; 06-16-2010, 06:15 AM.

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        • #5
          please forgive me for the attention whoring photos, but i want to illustrate a point.

          this is me 8 years ago:


          this is me now:


          i am the same weight in both of these photos. except, i am *8* clothing sizes smaller in the second photo. that number on the scale does not matter. it is about the ratio of your muscle mass to body fat. focus on how you look and how your clothes fit you. you can achieve that fit "look" without losing any weight at all, really.

          a good post to read is leigh peele's body fat percentage post. there's a lot of good pictures and examples that further illustrate the point.
          Last edited by batty; 06-16-2010, 06:10 AM. Reason: i use illustrate too much
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          • #6
            I'd say go by the mirror not by the scale...

            I'm currently 6' tall and have dropped down to just above 160... a number that if you would have asked me prior to going Primal I would have told you that it is waaay to thin...but now that I'm here I can see that I could stand to drop a couple more lbs of fat... although if I gain more muscle in the process I'm not complaining :-P
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            • #7
              Batty, your pictures are striking, as are those in the link you shared. It's great to have a visualization of various body fat percentages.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by batty View Post
                i am the same weight in both of these photos. except, i am *8* clothing sizes smaller in the second photo. that number on the scale does not matter. it is about the ratio of your muscle mass to body fat. focus on how you look and how your clothes fit you. you can achieve that fit "look" without losing any weight at all, really.
                agreed. Im up 15lbs since starting PB and down several inches in the midsection. Shoulders and arms getting bigger. Weight tells very little.
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                • #9
                  My ideal weight is what ever I weigh when my lower abs get the rest of the way uncovered and then builds from there as I keep on working out.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jennf View Post
                    Batty, your pictures are striking, as are those in the link you shared. It's great to have a visualization of various body fat percentages.
                    well thank you! i think it realyl is important to see the different body types and percentages. i think basing your 'fitness' on what you weigh is incredibly CW and something we need to snap ourselves out of, especially females who are usually pressured to weigh as little as possible. i get SO tired of saying "i weigh 155lbs BUT i am a size 6" because the mental images one usually conjures up when visualizing a 5'6" 155lb woman isn't the best. the more people grab a true understanding of that, the better!
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                    • #11
                      OMG! I just checked out the link Batty (with nice pics!) gave, and tried to find someone with my body fat percentage: 38.4 % … the 30 % body fat picture looked like 1 me. The 25 % looked more me. That’s 13 % off to the visible eye! How can that be? I could understand 5 % off, but 13 %! That’s a whole normal woman’s healthy average body fat percentage.

                      I never trusted a scale … now I don’t trust this either. Think I’ll stick to things being okay when I'm falling in love with my mirror.

                      Autumn

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Autumn View Post
                        OMG! I just checked out the link Batty (with nice pics!) gave, and tried to find someone with my body fat percentage: 38.4 % … the 30 % body fat picture looked like 1 me. The 25 % looked more me. That’s 13 % off to the visible eye! How can that be? I could understand 5 % off, but 13 %! That’s a whole normal woman’s healthy average body fat percentage.

                        I never trusted a scale … now I don’t trust this either. Think I’ll stick to things being okay when I'm falling in love with my mirror.

                        Autumn
                        were you using a BF scale to get your BF%? they can be incredibly misleading.
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                        • #13
                          I feel odd when it comes to what my "ideal" weight is supposed to be, at my height fitday says i should be 160-200lbs. . but i was over 200lbs freshman year of highschool and all throughout highschool while playing varsity lacross/football . . i honestly cant imagine myself at or below 200lbs . . .
                          Starting Weight : 338lbs 6/11/2010
                          Current Weight: 266lbs
                          High-school Weight: 235lbs
                          Goal: ????

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                          • #14
                            anyone have a good body fat calculator?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Autumn View Post
                              OMG! I just checked out the link Batty (with nice pics!) gave, and tried to find someone with my body fat percentage: 38.4 % … the 30 % body fat picture looked like 1 me. The 25 % looked more me. That’s 13 % off to the visible eye! How can that be? I could understand 5 % off, but 13 %! That’s a whole normal woman’s healthy average body fat percentage.

                              I never trusted a scale … now I don’t trust this either. Think I’ll stick to things being okay when I'm falling in love with my mirror.

                              Autumn
                              That's what I thought too! I calculated my BF using an online calc, and it said 29%. But I thought I looked more like 20%. Maybe I'M skewed!
                              Last edited by aimlow; 06-16-2010, 08:24 AM.

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