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post #21 of 34 Old 01-28-2013, 12:48 PM
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Back to the OP ....

Yes. I would consider you a plus-sized rider because you do have a high BMI, in addition to a larger waist. From a health standpoint, a lot of research now says that a thicker waist makes you more prone to health problems such as heart disease, high cholesterol, and more.

Not saying that I'm Mrs. Fitness or anything, but I am 5" taller than you and 40 pounds lighter, and I still think that I have a pudgy tummy. (You're always your own worst critic.) So with some reference to myself, again, yes I would consider you a plus sized rider.

Good luck with weight watchers! It doesn't matter which "diet" you choose, just as long as it is realistic and something that YOU can stick with.
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post #22 of 34 Old 01-28-2013, 01:00 PM
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Just saying BMI is bull. I am squishy in my stomach but I have broader muscles every where else. BMI only counts your total weight not your muscle weight. Body builders are considered overweight by BMI standards.
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post #23 of 34 Old 01-28-2013, 01:21 PM
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I currently wear a 12 and am about 5'7" and thought they consider me plus size. Gosh who knows. I don't know about you but I think you should be able to tell a woman from a man, .
I wear a 0 and nobody has ever mistaken me for a man.

I wouldn't base anything off of a size number. My good friend was a 14 and I didn't view her as overweight, she was out there riding multiple horses, mucking the barn and then running off to work all night as a paramedic where lifting guys nearly double her weight was normal. She was in a bad riding accident and things went downhill from there, she's currently trying to lost extra weight and get back into shape but she'll never be the same size as I am....she'd die long before she got there as that's not her body type. I am midgetly small, everything about me is small and finely built, that's just the way I am and even though she's overweight and out of shape, she can still kick my a$$. Chased me on her horse all over the arena last week with a whip.... I am STILL in agony!

I married the opposite of me, hubby is tall with a much heavier build. My older daughter at the age of eleven is the same size as me just shorter. She's a perfect weight for *her*.

Size is only a number..... which manufacturers like to change anyways! I was a size 5 in high school, many years and a couple kids later there is no way that I am smaller than I used to be but yet I am now a 0.....
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Just saying BMI is bull. I am squishy in my stomach but I have broader muscles every where else. BMI only counts your total weight not your muscle weight. Body builders are considered overweight by BMI standards.
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BMI is bull. It doesn't take in to account many factors. My BMI has me as obese!

I've heard something about a waist to height ratio that some places are using now. I heard about it at the gym but I am far too lazy to track that stuff so I don't,but I've heard it's more accurate.
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BMI is bull. It doesn't take in to account many factors. My BMI has me as obese!

I've heard something about a waist to height ratio that some places are using now. I heard about it at the gym but I am far too lazy to track that stuff so I don't,but I've heard it's more accurate.
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Another person had told me track inches not lbs because of all your water weigh. Plus I was told that only track places that have significant fat (ie: on me that's really only my stomach) my calves and thighs are just about all muscle til you get to my butt. Because when us horse riders have all that muscle in those legs of ours there isn't going to be an extremely noticeable change.

I have 50% German heritage with about 35% Irish in there. I am and will always be "fat" I'm just a broad person. Nothing to be ashamed of. I have some weight I could loose yes but shoulder and hip bones can but get any less wide. Lmao.
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I wear a 0 and nobody has ever mistaken me for a man.
Oh wow! Do we really need to go there again??? OMG!! I said I messed up. Shoot me!! Oh wait, you better hurry before the gun ban!

Oh and to add to the size verses muscle and the whole BMI thing. I think its crap too. I have always been dense. When I was in my 20's dancing with the NBA, I was a size 4 and still weighed 135 lbs.

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Op i would not say plus size. It depends on your overall shape.
It depends if you are jr, misses or womens size. Some people are bigger on top and some are bigger on bottom and even if you look a little heavy in a photo you may not be in person. Also having your bones stick out, ribs and spine show.. is sick.. anorexic. I am never Skinny, I would have to starve.
Currently I could lose some weight, but oh well...
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Gee I'd be the perfect weight on paper if I lost two cup sizes in my bra!!!!
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post #29 of 34 Old 01-29-2013, 01:31 AM
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You can always have a goal to be more fit being more fit will make you healthier.
Try not to look at it as a number you want to be fit and happy not a size.

PLUS

The BMI is a load of cow crap though im 125 and should be 110 or so. I am chubby and need toning but would only gain more weight if I tone.
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post #30 of 34 Old 01-29-2013, 10:59 AM
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Body builders are considered overweight by BMI standards.
Absolutely true, but the OP doesn't exactly look like she's a body builder.

BMI is another piece of information to be considered when one is thinking about their weight, but like anything else, it should be taken with a grain of salt.

Just like you shouldn't completely rely on the scale and your weight to track your weight loss. You might not be losing weight according to the scale, but if you are replacing fat with muscle, you are still making progress -- even though the scale doesn't show it. (Since muscle weighs more than fat.)

It is better to track progress by taking measurements of your body. The scale won't show you lose any weight, but the inches will show you have.


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I've heard something about a waist to height ratio that some places are using now.
That is the ratio I was referring to when I mentioned the research that points to more people having health issues who have a larger waist size.

Hence why inches are a good way to track your progress.

However, I've found that jeans never lie. At least, the non-stretchy ones! Looser jeans = you are making progress!!

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