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Great way to figure out realistic "ideal" weight

I feel like an idiot for not realising this sooner...

Body fat percentage. Let's think about this. If, in my case, I weigh 190lbs, and have 32% body fat, then I have 60.8 pounds of fat, and the rest of me is all good. Therefore I have 129.2 pounds of muscle, bone, etc. So even though I'm only 5'6, if my goal were to lose 60lbs, I'd either be incredibly unhealthy, or will have also lost muscle mass- neither of which I'm interested in.

If however, I lose 27lbs of fat, then my weight becomes 163, the remaining 34 pounds of fat provide me with a body fat percentage of 20 (roughly) which is a number I'm comfy with as a woman. So no matter what anyone else's weight is for their height, size, etc., I know my goal is realistic of my actual body.

I know it's easy to assume all weight loss is fat, and that may very well not be the case in one's weight loss journey, but could you imagine the heartache I would cause myself if I wanted desperately to be 120lbs?


Thu. Feb 1, 7:55pm

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Are you sure 32%bf is right for your 190lbs??
Don't trust those at home body fat scales either - all they do is show you how dehydrated you are.

Thursday, February 01, 2007, 8:10 PM

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OP- I' m not trusting a scale- the scale said I'm 28% fat. The calipers say 30%. I'm allowing a 2% margin of error. I have big dense bones and a lot of muscle.

Thursday, February 01, 2007, 8:48 PM

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Those scales are crazy-- When I log in under my hubby's height and sex, it says I'm only about 18-20% fat. If I log in as myself, then it's WAY higher....

Thursday, February 01, 2007, 11:53 PM

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There's a formula out there that produces and average lean body mass based on age/sex/height - sorry, I can't remember where I found it, but I remember that at 5'4", it came out to 106 lbs of bones, muscles and organs. This makes my goal of 130 perfectly realistic.

Friday, February 02, 2007, 12:59 AM

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Is 5'4 115 realistic?

I am currently about 20-22% body fat. And I've lost 20lbs so far. Is 115 realistc for me?

Friday, February 02, 2007, 7:34 AM

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