How much of a loser should I be?
December 13, 2005 7:55 PM Subscribe
How much should I weigh?
posted by synecdoche to health & fitness (19 answers total)
Over the past many months, I've been losing weight thanks to an increase in physical activity and better eating habits (and a little help from Weight Watchers). I've lost about 55 pounds now, and am getting close to what I think I should be at.
I'd like to know what is a healthy weight for myself, though, to give myself a concrete goal to shoot for. Weight Watchers offers a chart which I don't think is accurate for me. It says someone of my height should weigh a maximum of 169 pounds. I have much wider shoulders than most people I see (and did when I was healthy and active previously), as well as fairly muscular legs due to the nature of the exercise I have partaken in most of my life. The group leader agreed that based on the way I look now, at 200 lbs, 169 is probably too low.
Is there anyway I can get a more personalized goal? I am planning on visiting a doctor but am worried about bothering one (I don't have a regular physician at the moment where I live) over something like "How much more weight do I need to lose?" My current plan is to go see a doctor at the health clinic at the university I attend and see if he or she can recommend anything, but if there is a way I can get a number without wasting the doctor's time, which could presumably be spent on people with more important issues, I'd like that.