OK, so I’m back into workout mode. I’m following a definitely not high impact aerobic program, half an hour a day. Also, I’m eating healthy, low fat, whole grains, lots of fresh fruits and veggies.
I’m wondering about this BMI thingy, though. According to the BMI, at 5’2", I should weigh somewhere between 120-136 lbs. I say bullshit. My ideal weight, I think, is somewhere between 130-136, which, according to the BMI, would be on the high end of normal, as in I probably should think of losing a few pounds. I can carry as much as 140 and still look good in a midriff baring blouse, provided I stick with my workout and keep my abs and obliques in shape. (I’m currenty 15lbs, defnitely overweight, but not anything approachig obese.)
I think there’s a lot the BMI doesn’t take into account. Body build, for one. I have a pretty hefty skeletal frame- broad in the hips and shoulders. If my weight drops below 125 (some people have told me that 120 would be about right for my height), I start to look bony. Bony is not pretty. I also start losing weight in places I want to keep it, like off my bustline.
Which brings me to another point. I’m packing a set of D-Cups, which means that a higher percentage of my body weight, even if the rest of me were quite slim, would still be fat, because breast tissue is mostly fat. If I get down to my ideal weight, I’ll still probably be a C or D cup. If my weight drops too much, the girls start to look like a couple of underfilled bags of skin (no joke, I was down to 118 at one time, and the girls did not look happy at all) I figure with good pectoral exercises, they can still look firm even if I lose a cup size, but no more than one cup size.
Also, I have a fairly large butt, which, even when I’m overweight, is still mostly muscle. Even if I get the spare fat off my butt and hips, I’m still carrying a lot of weight in that area. But, as I said, that weight is mostly muscle, and muscle is denser, thus heavier than fat.
So, is the BMI really a valid guideline for what a person’s weight/heght ratio should be, or do we need to come up with something that takes into account things like general build, breast size, etc.
Or has someone already done it? I’ve done a couple of searches on the subject, but the standard BMI is all I can come up with.