Friday, May 16, 2008 8:55:47 AM
Well, TeHrussian, if that was really a picture of your body, I don't think society would consider you underweight. I have been underweight my whole life (hovering around 110lbs at 5`8"), so I limit my cardio, otherwise I get skeletal. I do strength training, but certainly not 2 hours a day. I have a 2 year old that keeps me busy, so I guess that makes up for the lost gym time. I wore my size 3 jeans through my whole pregnancy, even to the delivery room, despite getting desperate enough for weight gain to consume large amounts of fast food - that`s an example of the metabolism rate I was talking about.
Friday, May 16, 2008 7:55:52 AM
TeHrussian, if you're worried about being too thin then you should cut down on the cardio and focus more on the weight lifting. Also, as far as appropriate weight, it depends on more factors than just how tall you are. Things like body shape (are you broad shouldered) matter even more. Body fat is also the true testament to how healthy you are. You could be really thin (low weight) and still have a lot of body fat. As you said, BMI isn`t ideal because it`s not always accurate. A healthy body fat percentage for you would be in the 8-19% range. Target sells a pretty good body fat monitor for just under $40.