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Old 02-10-05, 11:25 AM
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Ideal weight: What, mate?

I've lost about 24 pounds in the past two months by eating less and exercising. I'm 5'10" and used to weigh about 228, I'm now at 204. I know I can lose more and will, but I feel great. I work out 4 times a week, can run four miles easily and lift a fair amount of weight. I'm truly enjoying going to the gym and don't plan on stopping ever.

So, I go online to see what the "ideal" weight for someone my age and height. Turns out it's 165-180 pounds. WTF? I could probably lose another 15 pounds, but I'd be pretty damn skinny (I haven't weighed that little since high school). There's simply no way in hell that I could lose more than about another 20 pounds.

Yet, by most insurance tables, I'm overweight and will be until I lose at least 25. I don't consider myself "overweight", in fact I'm in pretty damn good shape if I do say so myself.

This got me thinking: how many people are in my situation? How accurate are weight tables? What do you think?
Old 02-10-05, 11:27 AM
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I'm 6'1" 185lbs which sounds skinny, but some charts say I'm at the very edge of ideal weight.

I think much of it is based on the fact that 50 years ago I'd be considered a fatty. overall the average weight has gone up..so normal today is still heavy when compared to the past.
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I'll let you know when I lose a little more. I have dropped from 340ish to about 280 (I'm 6'5") in the past 6 months or so just from changing my diet. The sad thing is, I still have 20 more to do before I am no longer "obese" accoding to weight tables.
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I'm sadly considered obese in those tables and can not apply to everyone.

I lift heavy weights, well lighter now... can out run a lot of people.

However I still have belly. Not a mushy one, but still it's there.
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Originally Posted by namrufmot
I'm 6'1" 185lbs which sounds skinny, but some charts say I'm at the very edge of ideal weight.

I think much of it is based on the fact that 50 years ago I'd be considered a fatty. overall the average weight has gone up..so normal today is still heavy when compared to the past.
I'm in the same boat as you, I'm 6'4" 195 which is on the thinner side for my height, but in the ideal range. My doctor said that I could get up to 200 and still be at a healthy weight. He was telling me that most of the patients he sees that are my height are very overweight. I was around 230 in high school but I also played sports.

50 years ago, less technology, more physical activity=more thinner people.

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Weight tables are insanely out-of-whack for anyone who does not have an average build.
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I do find it funny that any weight where you can't see the person's bones seems to be considered OVERweight... I just can't bring myself to care overly much what the calculaters say or I'd be worried all the time.
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A good example of this was on the PBS show Frontier House.

The dad was an average looking guy..but after a few months there he lost like 25lbs and looked way thin. To the point that he was concerned. He went for a check-up and the doctor said he was perfectly healthy and in fact he was now at the "ideal weight". As time passes "average" is getting is getting to mean fat.
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Does anyone have a link to one of those calculators? I'm just wondering where I should be. I'm 6'5" 285 lbs.
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Originally Posted by Green Jello
I'm just wondering where I should be. I'm 6'5" 285 lbs.
How about in the offensive line for the Chicago Bears
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Originally Posted by namrufmot
How about in the offensive line for the Chicago Bears
Sure, give his fat ass to us...go play for the Lions.
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If you can run 4 miles no problem, then there's no way you are overweight.
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I'm 6'3" and 275 right now...down from 290...which was up from 235 before I got married. I would love to get back down to about 220 - what I consider close to an ideal weight for me. I haven't been below 200 pounds since i was 19, the summer I didn't have a car and rode my bike everywhere. I was 198 and skinny as hell. I'm a "big guy" so to speak, and there is no way in hell my ideal weight is 185. I haven't weighed that since tenth grade....maybe 9th. It's all relative, and for the most part those tables are based on people with relatively slight builds. Just go by how you feel and look....that's the best indicator.
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Originally Posted by namrufmot
How about in the offensive line for the Chicago Bears
I did play college ball, but these days I'm just fat, old and lazy.
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I'm 6'1" and weigh about 235 - 240 lbs. I don't think that I am overweight. Unfortunately, where i work is going to start charging me more for my insurance premiums because according to their charts, I am severely overweight... They are telling me that I should weigh about 185. the last time I weighed 185, I was so skinny that I looked sick.
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Originally Posted by brizz
I'm 6'3" and 275 right now...down from 290...which was up from 235 before I got married. I would love to get back down to about 220 - what I consider close to an ideal weight for me. I haven't been below 200 pounds since i was 19, the summer I didn't have a car and rode my bike everywhere. I was 198 and skinny as hell. I'm a "big guy" so to speak, and there is no way in hell my ideal weight is 185. I haven't weighed that since tenth grade....maybe 9th. It's all relative, and for the most part those tables are based on people with relatively slight builds. Just go by how you feel and look....that's the best indicator.

I'm like your bald twin

My ideal weight is 220. I am incredibly happy at 235, and right now my winter weight is 250.

And I'm eating some Bugles.
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Weight tables aren't accurate, IMO. I'm 6'3" and weigh 215 lbs. Every weight table I've seen says my ideal weight should be 180-195 lbs. I'd be quite skinny if I weighed that. I know the extra weight is muscle weight, but that's what I like to be ideal.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
And I'm eating some Bugles.
What a coincidence.. I was watching a repeat of Everybody Loves Raymond with Ray and Robert were throwing Bugles into Frank's mouth.
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I'm 23, 5'10" at 160lbs, but working on getting into decent shape. Over the last year and a half, I've put on about 15lbs, so for the first time since early college, I'm hitting the gym regularly, not necessarily to lose weight, but definately to lower my body fat %.

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I think those tables are messed up. I'm about 5'8", and some of those things say I should weigh like 150 pounds. I haven't weighed that since junior high, and about a year ago I wasn't eating well and weighed around 160 and people were telling me I looked anorexic and seriously needed to gain some weight, and were worried that I was sick.

I even look at pictures now of what I looked like at that weight, and it's pretty disgusting. So I take ideal weight things with a grain of salt.
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I'm 31 and have weighed about the same since high school for the most part. I'm at around 190 right now. At my heaviest I was ~220 and my lowest was ~174. At 220, I felt like a fat fuck and wanted to die. At 174, I felt good, but everyone said I looked sick. I'd like to lose about 10 or 15 at the moment. I need to get back to going to the gym.

Anyway - Me and my old roommate both had somewhat large frames and for reference, he was 5'10 and his weight fluxuated a bit as well, but he was happy around 170 I think... he felt like a fatass whenever he went above 180. It's all about how you feel I guess. If you feel good at your weight, then that's all you need. I think we'd have to see pics in order to judge you as observers though.
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Weight is not nearly as important as body fat percentage.

Those tables are nearly worthless.
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Originally Posted by Green Jello
Does anyone have a link to one of those calculators? I'm just wondering where I should be. I'm 6'5" 285 lbs.
http://www.healthdiscovery.net/links...bodyweight.htm
Beware this this is pyscho though. I'm 5'9" and it says I should be 145!!! WTF. I weigh 181 but I think anything less than 170 would be crazy.

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Weight is not nearly as important as body fat percentage
He's right. If you weigh 300 lbs at 6 feet tall but your fat percentage is less then 10 percent, then that's good. At the same time, you can see skinny people who have high fat percentage because they don't eat enough food to have muscle.

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