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I look less than I actually weigh!

By July 17, 2009 - 2:51pm
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I weigh around 208, at around 5'7", but even doctors think I look totally healthy, if only slightly overweight. When someone looks at my weight, they're like "OMG, how do you weight that?!" I know I need to be around 155 to be healthy, but why do I look like I weigh that when I don't?

In the time I've been at my mom's, I've lost about 12 pounds, in only just less than a month, and I have no health problems as of yet with my weight. I have a breathing condition from being around cigarette smoke all my life, and back pain from excessive cleavage, but that's all.

I'm not as active as I should be, but when I physically exert myself, I'm just as athletic as someone who's active way more than me. I don't understand how I weigh so much, but only wear a size 11 (which is a junior's size, apparently). I wear medium T-shirts. I just wanna understand. Help!

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BaileyGirl-- I completely agree with Alysia. Your age has a lot to do with how you look at a certain weight. Another thing that plays a HUGE role are proportions, muscle mass, lean body mass, etc.

Congratulations on the weight loss you have achieved so far!
Although you may look like you are of average weight right now, you don't want it to catch you off guard and then later try to figure out how to fix it-- so as of recently, I think you've fallen into the right path-- any updates since then?

Good Luck, Looking forward to a healthy future!

April 4, 2010 - 7:22am
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It would be interesting to see your photo.

April 3, 2010 - 9:02am

I'm guessing that you're still a young woman who's still in relatively good physical condition. I'm also guessing you are not small boned, but your physical build carries your weight well.

I'm 5'4" tall and vary between 15-20 lbs overweight. In street clothes, I don't look overweight. However, in some of my running clothes, I'm obviously a lot more plump than I would like to be. I'm a marathoner, so in pretty good physical condition.

I think that our build has a lot to do with how we look. Your posture and how you dress also make an impression.

Congratulations on your weight loss, keep up the good work! Before long, you'll be happy with your body image, as you work toward your target weight. More physical activity will help you get there, though.

Hope this helps make you feel better about yourself.

July 17, 2009 - 5:04pm
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