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Ideal Body Weight (?)
What is up with 'Ideal body weight?"

According to Weight Watchers, my weight should be no more then 179lbs. This this is the maximum that I can set for my official "goal" which, once reached and maintained for 6 weeks, qualifies me for Lifetime Member status.
I've lost 80lbs. so far, down from 394 to 314, and my eventual goal is in the 250 area. given the fact that I am a very big guy, large frame, years of weight lifting, I feel that this would be an excellent weight for me. I would be quite trim, no gut or anything at that weight.
I know that many feel the old tables are out of date so I did some googling and found my Ideal weight through a few different places... the numbers certainly vary.
32 yo Male, 6.1" tall (185cm) large frame, 4 years of regular weight lifting (benched 300 back then).
http://www.halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm
= 245 lbs.
http://www.foundhealth.com/tools/mibw.html
= 184 ±10%
http://www.drkoop.com/template.asp?page=ibw&ap=93
= 194 - 213.4 lbs.
http://www.medindia.net/patien...t.asp
= 165.7 to 177.5 lbs.
http://www.emedicine.com/splas...dcalc
= 174 lbs.
So what's the story? I will have to lose a substantial amount of muscle-mass to get below 200lbs.
 

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Re: Ideal Body Weight (Sporin)

I say forget about weight and focus more on body fat percentage. According to typical body weight scales, bodybuilders would be considered obese. Reality is that they have tons of muscle and very low body fat percentage.
IMO, of course.
 

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Re: Ideal Body Weight (rossi46)

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I say forget about weight and focus more on body fat percentage. According to typical body weight scales, bodybuilders would be considered obese. Reality is that they have tons of muscle and very low body fat percentage.
IMO, of course.

Nope, you're absolutely right! Straight weight to height to age indicators and BMI do not take into consideration your physical activities i.e., sports, weight-training, etc. Body composition is by far a more accurate indicator of your level of fitness than any thing purely weight/height/age related.
 

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Re: Ideal Body Weight (Sporin)

When I was 22 I could bench 275lbs ~4-6 reps and I weighed 195. Bench pressing should not be a measurement of how much you should weigh.
I'm now 28 and weigh 201lbs. Currently I can bench about 165lbs ~10 reps
. My body weight goal is 185lbs. I'm 5'12"


Great job on the 80lb weight loss. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif At 6'2" I would think that 200-220lbs would be ideal for you.
 

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Re: Ideal Body Weight (Digitalcandy)

I really dont think there can be a broad standard set for ideal body weight. Everyone is totally different and doesnt seem like holding everyone to the same standard makes sense.

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Re: Ideal Body Weight (Buckeye(OH))

BMI is the biggest crock of **** out there, it has absolutely no accountance for how much muscle you have.
 

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Re: Ideal Body Weight (Digitalcandy)

Quote, originally posted by Digitalcandy »
When I was 22 I could bench 275lbs ~4-6 reps and I weighed 195. Bench pressing should not be a measurement of how much you should weigh.

I wasn't getting at that... I was just trying to paint a picture of my body mass with an example, that's all. I haven't lifted in years, but I am still quite big.

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Great job on the 80lb weight loss. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif At 6'2" I would think that 200-220lbs would be ideal for you.

6'1" in shoes actually.
My plan is to get down to 250 or so and then have a good body fat test done to see where I'm at. That's another 70 pounds to lose.
 

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Re: Ideal Body Weight (Sporin)

Forgot about scales, body weight suggestions, societal "norms"....
Lose weight to change your health...NOT your appearance. That should take a back seat. Being healthy and our perception of what it looks like to be healthy are often VERY different things.
Rossi's right, monitor your body fat. Thats enough.
 

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Re: Ideal Body Weight (RHADZ71)

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Nope, you're absolutely right! Straight weight to height to age indicators and BMI do not take into consideration your physical activities i.e., sports, weight-training, etc. Body composition is by far a more accurate indicator of your level of fitness than any thing purely weight/height/age related.

What he said!!! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif Everyone of those had me overweight. But bodyfat tests put me around 5-7% (I'm 5'9" - 170lbs)
 

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Re: Ideal Body Weight (Sporin)

I have wondered this same thing since I was in the Navy. I was up to 411 after being out 8 years. I have lost 86 lbs since Sep 26, 01. I worked out in the Navy and was pretty solid @ 285 (which is what I want to get back to). Currently @325 and I'm 6'5"...kind of leveled off so, it's been frustrating. Need to find a gym...I know that would help.
 

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Re: Ideal Body Weight (rossi46)

Quote, originally posted by rossi46 »
I say forget about weight and focus more on body fat percentage. According to typical body weight scales, bodybuilders would be considered obese. Reality is that they have tons of muscle and very low body fat percentage.
IMO, of course.

I totally agree with this. Don't go by weight. Monitor your Body fat %. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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I'm doing lo carb as we speak and of course the first few days are gut wrenching, dehydration city, my mouth felt like a cotton factory the first 24 hours. I'm acclimated on day 3 and I'm def in ketosis. My "ideal weight" is 145 lbs for 5' 7".

I need to technically lose 30 lbs for that figure. So I'm going to stick this out til I get to 145 lbs, then try to tailor my carb intake to the point where I don't gain the weight back. If that means 10 grams 20 grams of carbs etc.

I know what put the weight on me, it was 15 years of lattes and mochas. At the time it didn't seem like it was doing anything but what I've heard is you typically put on 1 lb a year and that's why when you're 40 you're 20 -25lbs overweight.

Walked past the donuts at Whole Foods today and was ready to slash my wrists right there in the store :laugh::laugh::laugh:

I agree with everyone else, focus on body fat, that's what kills people in the end. Def use the oatmeal / red wine approach to keep those veins clear.
 
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