Post # 1
Sorry for the confusing title! Basically, if I drop below 5’6″ and 120 lb, then I get too skinny and sickly looking. However, back when I was in college (about 5-6 years ago), I looked perfectly healthy at 105/110 lb! (Doctors never told me to gain weight, etc.)
Is there a reason why my ‘danger weight’ is higher than it used to be? I’m trying to focus more on how I look, and less on my weight, but it seems odd that 120 is my skinny-limit as an adult when it used to be so much lower. I am more muscular now than I used to be, but I’d be shocked if I found out I actually gained 10 lb of pure muscle, lol
Post # 3
@embarrassed99: Isn’t this a good thing? Lol.
I don’t know, people change… bodies change over the years, etc. It could just be your perception as well.
120 sounds about right!
Post # 4
It is probably the muscle! Did your boobs/hips get bigger as you have gotten older? That can be another explanation.
Post # 5
@hollyberry4: Actually my boobs were bigger when I was in college, partially because I had a higher body fat percentage, and partially because I had just started birth control so I think they were a little swelled up with water weight. My butt was almost completely flat (whereas now it definitely has a shape) but my guess is, that happened mostly because of weightlifting. My hips may have gotten slightly bigger but they’ve always been pretty narrow.
Post # 6
That could definitely be true, 10lbs of muscle is good and it also takes up less space than fat so it would make you look thinner 😉
Post # 7
@canarydiamond: I always thought a 5’6″ 120 lb woman looked like slim-to-average. And now that I’m at that weight I feel like I may want to maintain it, or even gain. I remember in college this girl weighed 97 lb and was 5’7″ and I thought she looked perfect. But now I realize I’d be dead if I had her BMI! I’m guessing she just didn’t have much muscle.
Post # 8
@minipenguin: Is it even possible though? lol. I’ve been squatting heavily for 3 years now but I definitely don’t look super ripped or anything, just somewhat athletic. My body fat percentage is 20% I think?
Post # 9
maybe they are concerned about if you are trying to concieve ? i dont know why the weight would be different on the same body… i know after i had my second child i weighed 120-125 and my doc said to me to gain weight.cause i was sick looking… i am 5ft5
Post # 10
You’ve probably got more muscle on you now, lady! (Muscle weighs more thsn fat). That’s definitely a good thing.
Post # 11
It’s because people generally gain weight throughout adulthood until they get to an elderly age. So the normal range for a 30 year old is a bit higher than the normal range for a 20 year old. No big deal. Just eat healthy and listen to your doctors.
Post # 12
I think you’ve answered your own question: you’ve added muscle mass, which is much denser than fat.
Post # 13
Might also have to do with a loss of collagen and the process of aging. I’ve noticed a big differenc in the way that my face has changed. When I was 18 I had full cheeks and no bags under my eyes, but now I’m the same weight and look a little sickly at times. I’d chalk it up to gained muscle and aging skin.
Post # 14
That’s completely normal. Everyone’s body has a weight that their body wants to ideally be at, and this ideal weight always increases as we get older. So, it would make sense that you would start to look too skinny at a higher weight, since you are older.
Post # 15
@embarrassed99: if you have more lean muscle tissue versus fat you will weigh more.
weight is just a number. I’m 5’9 and weigh 150lbs and i’m a size 6/8. I lift weights and run for exercise …and I still outweigh other women my height who don’t (but I’m smaller size wise)
Focus on how you look and feel not on the scale! 😉