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How much should i lose?

Hi all. Im 26 and 5'4'' and weigh 132lbs. Dont get me wrong, I do not think Im fat and I look good but would like to lose a bit. I would like people opinions on how much to lose? I know how to lose the weight but I am the kind of person who needs a goal before they start anything. When I ask friends and family they all say I dont need to lose anything so I thought if I ask strangers I will get more honest answers. BTW I go on holiday in 3 1/2 weeks so would like to lose a bit before then.

Fri. May 9, 12:46pm

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5 lbs is a reasonable goal, both for the timeframe and your current stats. You don't really need to lose any though...that's just a headgame you're playing with yourself. But if it will make you feel less self-conscious in your swimsuit, go for it.

If you want a more scientific recommendation than that, determine what frame size you are (I think it's done by wrist measurement between the bones) and narrow down that range. Which you're probably already in.

Friday, May 09, 2008, 12:58 PM

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Everyone will tell you - "You Don't Need To Lose Weight"

I understand how you feel. It is important to you. Go by sizes, not so much lbs. What size are you now and what size do you want to be (be very realistic)?

Friday, May 09, 2008, 1:24 PM

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Im a uk 10 which is a USA 6. I like my size but would like to lose a few inches so I guess I want to be a UK 8 and USA 4. My upper arms are 11''. Waist 27''.Hips 32'' and thighs 22''. Its mainly my thighs I hate. No cellulite or stretch marksthough and I am a mummy.

Friday, May 09, 2008, 1:41 PM

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Wow, congrats on no stretch marks or cellulite, I hate you! No but serously, I think your goals are realistic and unfortunatly you can't spot reduce (if only it were possible).
You will lose all over, but I suggest lunges sqats and cardio to help you along the way.
good luck

Friday, May 09, 2008, 3:55 PM

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Hi, I'm also 26, also in the UK and 5'4'' too! I currently weigh about 126lbs, but I feel I look best between 120-125lbs. Less flab :o/ I think below 120lbs is too thin for me, but it depends on your frame. 125lbs would be a reasonable goal, and you can always reassess once you get there.

Saturday, May 10, 2008, 4:29 AM

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Yes i think 125 sounds like a good goal for now. Im sure it will be hard though but i like working out and dont have a problem in that area. Its more evening snacking i struggle with due to boredom.Guess i need to get rid of that habit. I would love it if i could not eat anything after dinner at 5-6ish but we were brought up to have a supper so its very hard.

Saturday, May 10, 2008, 6:46 AM

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4:29 here again. Just a few ideas, and maybe you'd already thought of them anyway; how about exercising in the evenings, so you're too busy to snack? Or having a lighter dinner, then a light supper/snack later? Or eating dinner later (6-7pm), so you're not as hungry afterwards? Sometimes its easier just to go cold turkey and ban all snacks; it's hard at first, but your body gets used to it after a while. Or for some people it's easier to find low-fat snacks that you can eat without feeling guilty.

Saturday, May 10, 2008, 8:57 AM

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I do sometimes exercise in the evenings but am starving afterwards so that doesnt really work. I think im just going to start eating dinner an hour or so later or if i do eat early i will make myself have a banana or yogurt. Im determined to do this.
BTW my personal life is a bit all over the place at the moment and in the past i have tended to comfort eat but im going to tell myself that if I end up single all over again im better off being slimmer so i have 1 less thing to worry abot.

Saturday, May 10, 2008, 4:13 PM

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