Post # 1
According to the BMI scale, for my height I am slightly overweight? (At 147 pounds for 5 foot 2–I’ve never been that high before, as I’m usualy 130-135) I’m a little worried since so many people in my family have diabetes and I don’t want to go towards that road. It is currently a crazy busy semester for me in school and I’m taking 18 units, working, sleeping less, stressing a lot, eating fast food probably more than I should 🙁
It’s hard to fit in my wedding dress right now and I feel so discouraged. I know that I need to discipline myself to get outside and do some exercise (and eat better!)
Anyone else feeling this way? Any ideas or recommendations?
Post # 3
Don’t pay attention to BMI! It’s outdated and doesn’t take into consideration body issues. If you’re worried about your weight you might want to use calipers to give you an understanding about what % of body fate you have. If you do decide that you want was your weight category on the BMI scale, make sure you find one for women, not me. There is actually a big difference between the two.
Post # 4
Is there a way you can set aside a little time to premake some healthy food so you don’t just grab fast food for the time and convience of it? I know it requires a little work to start but it will really help in the long run. The stress and not sleeping probably aren’t helping either. Is there any way to go to be just a little earlier to try and even out your schedule?
Post # 5
I’m barely 5’1 and reached 130 pounds at my heaviest, and this was in grad school while working on my doctorate degree. I was able to lose 15 pounds by my wedding (I had a year). I think it’s totally do-able!
Since the wedding in September, I put 9 pounds back on, and was feeling really gross. This week I decided it was time to fix that.
A bunch of us bees have joined My Fitness Pal (it’s free!), where you can log your food and exercise intake each day and it helps you monitor how much you should eat to lose however much weight you want! Join us!
Post # 6
@Lacelibs: Body fat–I will have to do that! It must be more accurate 🙂
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Haha, I used to do it all the time, I’ve gotten lazy! I need to get some food to make for lunches 🙂 I am planning on coming to school earlier so I can se-stress, eat breakfast, and do some homework. That might lower my stress level.
@pengoala: I guess it’s normal in college, sadly? I lose weight in the summer while I’m not in school, but dang! I will check out that site, thanks so much! 🙂
Post # 7
Don’t let BMI stress you out. It is such an undated system and really isn’t at all accurate for the general population.
Post # 8
@craftybridelovesnerdygroom: Add us if you need friends to help encourage you! I’m pengoala on the site.
Post # 9
i know many people use the bmi calculator and then get extremely depressed. as a shorter woman, i know that it doesn’t take much to move from normal weight, into overweight, and eventually into obese.
i gained quite a bit of weight over the years and was able to bring myself from a bmi of 29 down to 23-24. i’m still not back at my pre real job weight and everyone thinks i’m getting too skinny. i did it by changing my eating habits and stressing.
Post # 10
I’m also 5’2, and an athlete (used to be pro, now I coach)
At one point I decided that because the BMI calculator always listed me as “over weight”, or at least toward the top end of “normal”, that I would try to lose weight.
I made it down to the lower end of the spectrum (but still never “underweight” according to BMI), but I had less than 3% body fat: and went from a B cup to a AA, and stopped menstruating.
I was nothing but skin stretched over muscle and bone.
Post # 11
I think it’s important to realize that BMI is simply a height versus weight equation. It doesn’t take into account lean muscle mass, body shape, fat allocation, etc. The most accurate way to asses whether you are overweight is to have an acutal fat % done…you can get it done at the gym or some doctors offices which will take waist measurements and body fat percentages.
Post # 12
it definitely depends on your muscle-to-fat ratio, since muscle weighs more.
my BMI tells me I am on the verge of being officially overweight. as for my clothing size, I’m a medium (size 10), and I think I look ok in photos so that’s always hopeful. I know I don’t appear overweight to the outside world. but when I take my clothes off I can see it and feel it. my muscle:fat ratio is not good right now. but it’s not a weight problem per se, it’s a too much flab problem.
but everyone is different! health is most important. ask your doctor.
Post # 13
For everyone saying that BMI is outdated and not for the regular population.. you’re wrong. It is made for the regular population. The only populations it does not effectively judge BMI for are older adults (65+) and body builders. Everyone else is fair game.
It is obviously a rough estimate of body fat and can’t begin to differentiate between fat and muscle BUT it is a reliable and valid tool for estimating body fat percentage. It is more reliable when used in conjunction with waist circumference.
I don’t mean to sound harsh, but I’m an exercise physiologist and am fully aware of all the measures we take on the body. BMI is perfectly ok for the general population and is a good indicator of where you lay in the normal, overweight, or obese categories. It may be off by 1-2%, but it’s certainly not off 3-10%.
Post # 14
I agree with @blueskye – for some people it is inaccurate (those who are short and crazy muscular since it just goes on height and weight) but generally speaking it’s not a bad indicator.
However, if you want another measure, try googling body fat percentages. It takes your measurements (hip, waist, neck) which may give you a more accurate number of what is healthy vs unhealthy.
The good news is, if you’re normally 130-135, you will probably lose the weight with just a little effort. The fast food is a killer! Just try packing some healthy snacks and lunches and I bet you will lose the extra easily.
Post # 15
The BMI system of calculation and logic blows!
If you know you could be healthier, just make the steps to start walking in the right direction. Pick up sustainable eating habits and exercise routines, and go for it!
Post # 16
Thanks for the help and advice, Bees! I’m motivated to make some changes for the better! 🙂