So anyone who has a healthy attitude about weight loss and exercise knows that we all have different weights that our bodies would naturally want to be. I know super skinny girls that eat plenty and are probably at an "underweight" BMI. I know some girls whose BMI considers them overweight, but they eat healthy and exercise.
What do you personally think the limits are on your natural body type and health? I know there are plenty of obese people who blame family history so they stop trying and I don't really buy that, but we're also all not meant to be thin. Does someone with an 17 or 27 BMI always need to be striving to get into their range?
Hi, thanks for asking that question!!
There are limits. I think some of the ideal body weight charts that I have seen are unattainable depending on your body type.
This is especially true for women who carry more weight in certain places.
I am 5'2" and at 135 lbs I was around 18% body fat, which is fairly low for a woman. There are many women that are that height and weight that are trying to lose 20 lbs. I used to think I needed to be at 110 lbs to be healthy - that was until I found out what my body fat % was and realized that I would be very unhealthy if I dropped more weight.
I have gained weight after my last pregnancy 3 years ago and have not gotten it off due to many health and life challenges. Now it is time. I know that I feel very comfortable at 140 so that is my first goal. I may or may not continue to get down to the low-thirties.
I'm going to say there are limits to body type, but there are a lot of training things you can do to combat your problem areas.
I know that I will never have dancer's legs because I am not built like a dancer. That being said, I can slim down my butt etc to get rid of my pear shape - I know I can because I did it to fit into my wedding dress.
I do not have a very visible waist and I never will. I am built on a boyish frame and that is just it. I will always add weight to my stomach so I look somewhat pregnant, hence why I need to get my weight down and keep it down.
So I think there are some limitations but at the same time there are things you can do to overcome a lot of them.
I think you just need to be realistic and see when you are happy with your body, knowing that certain things are unacheivable. So I would measure how awesome you are based on gaining muscle and tone and fat % rather than fitting into a size 2 or having a 26 inch waist, or matching a certain celeb
People have different limits, for sure.
I'm a 5'8 girl, and when I was at 130, a healthy albeit low weight for my height, I was way too skinny. This time around, I'm shooting for 145. I know other girls my height who weigh in the 120's and are perfect for themselves.
Our body types, muscle types, muscle mass, and our diets all play a role.
We just have to give our body the fuel it needs and exercise it like we should, and it will become the perfect body, be it pear or apple, hour glass or carrot, tall or short, thin or muscular :)