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Everyone is FAT – Including YOU!

I’m not trying to insult you… but everyone is FAT, including YOU!  You may think you are just a little over weight – but you are wrong – you are fat.  I don’t mean ‘fluffy’ or big boned, either.  What is ‘big boned’ anyway; you have never seen a fat skeleton!  It may not be politically correct to say “FAT” but overweight, heavyset, chunky, fluffy, big boned, on the heavy side, thick, large, horizontally challenged, lovable,  plump… however you want to say it – we are all there.  If you think I’m wrong, check your ideal weight here – http://www.healthstatus.com.  Put in your sex and height, it will tell you what you should weigh.  I thought I needed to lose 100lbs.  I was wrong.  I need to lose 150 lbs!  That’s right, my ideal weight is 152 lbs.  That’s One Five Two.

At first, I thought “No way! Anything under 200 is just too small for a guy with my build.”  But who am I kidding?  We have adjusted our perception of overweight in America.  We think that an extra 10 or 20 lbs is ok – and maybe it is… but we have redefined ‘extra’.  It should mean anything above our ideal weight – but if you ask anybody these days, NOBODY expects to be down to their ‘ideal’ weight.  Believe it or not, I was poised to write an article railing against the idea that someone can tell me what my ideal weight is based on my height alone.  I was wrong.

I played football in high school and although even then I was overweight FAT, I did have a lot of muscle (in my opinion).  I weighed 220lbs and I thought if I could just get down to 200lbs, I would be prefect.  There are a lot of online articles out there telling you that your ideal weight cannot be based on height alone, and I’m sure that people a lot more educated in these matters than me could argue either way for hours – but I have made up my mind.  My ideal weight is 152lbs, and my goal of 195lbs just isn’t going to cut it!

I am a food-a-holic, and I am tackling step four of the twelve step program – “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves”.  I am no longer afraid to admit that I am MORBIDLY OBESE.  I know that I need to lose almost 150lbs to be healthy.  That is my fearless inventory.  So stop saying to yourself, “I need to lose a few pounds” and take a look at how much you really are overweight.  Are you willing to take a fearless inventory of yourself?

12 thoughts on “Everyone is FAT – Including YOU!

  1. The ideal weight calculator is a valuable tool…but I don’t know which is worse; being completely outside it and not in a good way, or being within the “healthy range” and not too far from your ideal weight but still feeling like you have so far to go!

    I also noticed your nutrition information chart on the front page. Friend, your sodium is killing you!! When I got down to my lowest ever weight and smallest ever size (two weeks before getting pregnant…surprise) and for the last two and a half years when Douglas has lost 80 lbs and kept it off, or my Dad who has dropped 50lbs in 6 months, a big part of our plan was getting as close to 0mg of sodium as possible. There are several other key ideas which I’d be happy to share if you’re interested

  2. Thanks for the comment – I agree, sodium is high on my current diet… But I wouldn’t have known that if I hadn’t been tracking my food… which I just started doing.

    I’m very interested in hearing from people that have lost weight successfully!

  3. Good job Dale!!!

    Note: Before I go on, I think you are pretty much dead on with your analysis. Also, make sure you don’t cheat yourself when you determine your height. The scale doesn’t care if you have shoes on or not. If you are 5′ 8″ in bare feet and 5′ 9″ in shoes, I would use 5′ 8″ when calculating your ideal weight. Based on how you have positioned yourself this time around I think you have an excellent chance at meeting your goal. Remember, what you put in your mouth is 80% of the battle, so focus 80% of your efforts there and 20% on exercise, sleep, and general well being.

    There is at least one more factor to plug into the am I fat question, age. When you were 20 you had X pounds of muscle. When you turn 50 the odds are pretty slim you will have the same number of pounds of muscle. As you know the same volume of muscle weighs more than fat and as you age your healthy bodyfat percentage increases.

    So with that said you might be approaching this the wrong way, maybe if you just wait long enough, like out live Moses, you might find that your current weight is ideal.

    1. Thanks for the comment – I used 5’9″ – with my shoes on I’m 5’10”. Its a lot of me to agree that I should weigh 152lbs – Lets see if I can get to 252lbs, then maybe I’ll take another look adding age into the equation…

  4. I completely disagree. There’s no way you should be 152 lbs…society is too obsessed with being skinny. Besides, you can be skinny and unhealthy. Trust me, I know. 🙂 Being “skinny” and die young doesn’t do you much good either. I do agree with your 252 lb goal and then keep pressing from there.

    1. I don’t know that I will ever get down to 152 – or that I want to. I’m just making the point that we think 10 or 20lbs overweight is ok and in most cases, I think what we call 10 or 20lbs is actually 40 or 50lbs overweight.

      Right now – I can’t seem to break 290lbs… So my focus is 270lbs first, then 250lbs, then we’ll plan from there…

  5. You left out something from that site for someone who is 5′ 9″…The range for you would be between 135 and 168. That will likely take into account your age, bone structure, bodyfat percentage, etc.

    According to your height of 5′ 9″ your ideal healthy weight is 152 pounds. Your recommended weight range is between 135 and 168 pounds.

  6. True – it does say I should be between 135 and 168. What inspired me to write the post was the realization that 200lbs isn’t 5 or 10lbs overweight – its more like 50lbs overweight.

  7. There’s a difference between “skinny” (which means so lacking in weight as to put your health at risk) and “lean”. Lean means that a large percentage of your weight is muscle – and very little is fat.

    Endurance athletes are often below the “normal” BMI range. I, for instance, am 5’9″ and 135 pounds. I am a distance runner. And despite what someone else wrote, I have MORE muscle now (age 58) than when I was in my 20s. In my 20s, I wasn’t so active – wasn’t overweight, but had not discovered, and fallen in love with, endurance sports. I do duathalons and triathalons. I’m a dreadfully poor swimmer, so I can’t do an iron man. But at least once a year, I run a Marathon AND cycle 100 miles on the same day.

    Every vital sign is far over into the “super healthy” region, according to the doctor. Resting pulse rate in the low 50s, normal blood pressure 110/50, etc. In fact, I’m slightly over-trained, and have low blood pressure, and have to INCREASE my salt intake, or I risk fainting after an athletic event.

    Do not listen to ANYBODY claiming that “you’re too thin” or “that’s too extreme”, because we are all individuals, and body composition varies from person to person naturally.

    The right weight is the weight where you feel more energetic than you thought you could.

    1. DoverDale – Thanks for your comment! I want to get down to 175 and re-evaluate. I used to think 195 was good. It would be better than the 292 I am today – but not my final goal! Merry Christmas!

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