(Closed) Would you drop pounds into the underweight section for a wedding dress?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Do you plan to be at a weight that lands in the underweight section of BMI on your wedding day?
    Yup, 16, 17 or 18, whatever it takes to fit into that lil' designer dress baby! : (12 votes)
    8 %
    Er, I could swing just under 18.5 since it's only for the day and I eat healthily otherwise. : (10 votes)
    7 %
    I'm under 18.5, but I know I'm healthy and I'm an outlier for the BMI scale. : (18 votes)
    12 %
    I'm above 18.5, but I'd kill to be under, I feel I'd look so much better with the weight off. : (15 votes)
    10 %
    Nope, I'm above 18.5 BMI and I'm happy with how I look in my dress, dam fine is how I look. : (49 votes)
    34 %
    I could care less! I'm happy with my curves, and I'm a gonna rock em all night long! : (37 votes)
    25 %
    I'm terrified of checking a calculator because I don't want to know either way. : (5 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    2201 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I tend to hover on the borderline with underweight line of BMI when I’m at my “healthy” weight. Of course, it doesn’t take a lot of weight loss for someone 6′ tall to dip underneath that point.

    I figure that if I feel good and am eating right then that’s the “scale” I’ll use. Of course, FH just told me my arms are skinny (I maintain that they’re toned from Pilates) but that signals that I’m at a good weight or could stand to add a pound or two (after the wedding because I’ve already started my fittings Wink)

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’m right around the lower healthy limit of the BMI range, and really happy with my weight right here–as you say, plus or minus a few.  I don’t think I could think straight if I ate much less/weighed much less!  I think I’m actually gaining a little weight right now ’cause I’m working out a lot and adding muscle ๐Ÿ™‚

    I guess I’d be tempted if the dress were really that fabulous, but know that ultimately…it wouldn’t be worth it.  Plus, if I were intending to get back up to normal weight range after the wedding, I would worry about not looking like the same person in real life vs. wedding pictures!

    Post # 5
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    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I wouldn’t do it.  I think my mother, a nutritionist, would kick my ass if she saw me get too low in BMI.  Seriously. 

    I did work out and eat a bit healthier to achieve the look I wanted for my wedding day, but it was probably close to a 7lb lose, nothiing major.  I would say I just looked healthy.  I’ve always been around a size 6.  The dress I had wasn’t very forgiving, so just a few lbs had to go.  But, I’ve always embraced my curves, they’re here to stay and I’ve had a great life so why change a thing?  I remember seeing pictures of a couple girls from my HS, when they got married.  They’d lost a lot of weight, A LOT.  It didn’t look good at all.  Your Fiance, your friends, your family, they love you the way you are, that’s how they wanna see you on your wedding day! 

    Post # 6
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    2237 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    BMI is a ridiculous scale to use.  It doesn’t take into account enough factors to be a true rating of whether or not you’re at a healthy weight.  I don’t even bother looking at mine anymore; I do my body fat percentage.  I’m pretty sure when I’m at my ideal body fat I’ll technically be “under-weight” according to BMI.

    EDIT: I also plan on running a marathon next spring though, so I’m going for a very athletic build

    Post # 7
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    2742 posts
    Sugar bee

    Ugh, people never believe how much I weigh so I never use the BMI, I’m a size 6 but according to the BMI, I’m nudging it into the overweight category. I lift weights and do lots of cardio so no, even if I was willing, I couldn’t. For me to drop into the underweight category, I’d have to double what I’m doing now AND half my food intake. Girl, I love food waaaaayyyy too much ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 8
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    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @wellykiwi: I think its amazing what our culture has done to women. That we are at a point where women will knowingly make themselves unhealthy, through a process (excessive dieting and exercise, plus the dangers of yo-yo dieting), in order to achieve an unachievable standard of beauty. I think that companies who provide limited sizes (have you looked at Free People lately! those are some tiny sizes!) are a part of this.

    I encourage you to read the post on losing weight for a wedding over at A Practical Wedding (I’m sure someone will link to it soon). And don’t drop 15 or 20 pounds if you are at a healthy weight! And screw the person who suggested it! You will look beautiful, and you will look like yourself on your wedding day. And you won’t feel like an angry bear for the next several months because you are depriving yourself. If you’re at a healthy weight you would have to restrict your diet and increase exercise by quite a bit to drop that much weight. You could even experience things like amenorrhea and might start getting sick more often.

    Also, if you weren’t asking for advice (I wasn’t totally sure) then just read this as my two cents on the whole “losing weight for the wedding” thing.

     

    **EDIT: just so nobody is offended, I’m not suggesting that if you are in the underweight BMI, or even in the overweight BMI categories that you are unhealthy. I agree that the scale is a generalized tool and doesn’t come close to measuring health in many people.

    Post # 9
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    2237 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @elivt: Just for the record not everyone who is using their wedding as motivation to diet/exercise are doing it in an unhealthy manner.  My lifestyle is actually a million times healthier now then it was before and it just so happens that I’m losing weight.  Sorry if I sound snippy, but a lot of people make that comment if it comes up that I’m dieting to look my best for my wedding (and beyond, this is a lifestyle change for me, not a crash diet) and just because some people aren’t healthy doesn’t mean that the majority of people are unhealthy.

    EDIT: and I’m thin now, I just want to be more toned overall (I’m about 5’9 size 4 or 6 street size at this point)

    Post # 10
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    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    i used to be underweight b/c of meds. i wouldn’t want to go back there, especially for my wedding day. people always commented about how i was “too skinny.”

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    According to the BMI I’m still in the healthy range but the low end of the healthy range.  That being said, I’m way more prone to gain weight than be underweight (though my family seems to think I’m too “skinny”  Which bothers me because I busted my butt trying to lose weight so don’t demean me and tell me I’m too skinny *stepping off soap box now*).

    But no, I wouldn’t intentionally go in the underweight category.  I’ve struggled with weight my whole life and I’m finally a place where I feel comfortable with myself so I don’t want to jeopardize that whether it be with being overweight or underweight.

    Post # 12
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    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @MandaMack: You are totally right, and I think that using a special occassion as motivation to get healthier is great (see: Bill Clinton!). My comment was sparked by the original commenter, who said that she felt like she was already at a healthy weight/life style place, and was considering changing that to lose more weight (at least thats how I read her comment).

    Sorry if I offended you, and congrats on the healthy changes! I too will probably start trying to tone up a little bit too- I can totally understand wanting to look your best in all the photos/with all that attention on you!

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Well, having been on that borderline once, and knowing how too thin I was then… I wouldn’t go below that. A size 4 gown in “wedding” sizing is like a 0. No Thanks. 

    Post # 14
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    59 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m right at 18.5 and planning to lose a 3-5 pounds before the wedding. I think anyone of any size can look georgeous in a wedding dress, but I’m trying to squeeze into a size 6 and I really don’t want the seamstress to have to let it out. She said I need to lose a few pounds and I know that will put me into underweight category but if I’m still getting periods and have body fat I figure I’m ok.

    Post # 16
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    2006 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I tend to hover around the 19.0 mark of the BMI. I’m 5’0 and my weight ranges between 98 pounds at my “happy” weight up to 105 pounds at my “bloated, that time of the month” weight. (Translates to anywhere between a size 00-2).

    I would never intentionally dip into an unhealthy weight to fit into clothing but I’m more a fan of listening to what my body is telling me in terms of weight loss.

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