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(ABC)   The average U.S. adult now weighs 176 pounds, which is 15 pounds heavier than in 1990. Maybe it's not such a bad thing that Hostess Twinkies went out of business   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 129
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2012-11-26 03:22:11 PM  
At 5'11" and 172 I'm not thinking of going to 165 or less. That's nuts. I'm 47 and last year I got sick and dropped to 162 and looked like a cancer victim. At 170-175 I look ok, but perhaps that's because normally for my age people weigh around 195 and I just feel that I look gaunt.

The simple truth is, as you get older you look a bit better with a little extra weight. I'm thinking I might look a bit better at 175-180, but I'm just too scared to go to 180 because you need to work so damn hard to get rid of that weight.

First world problems....
 
2012-11-26 03:25:31 PM  
I'm 4'11" and I weigh 978 pounds, so I'm getting a kick etc.
 
2012-11-26 03:28:11 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: I'm 4'11" and I weigh 978 pounds, so I'm getting a kick etc.


Mr five by five?
 
2012-11-26 03:29:06 PM  
In 1990, I weighed about 50 pounds, now I weigh 250. Of course, my height has doubled since then...

Anyway, yes I'm fat, but I don't particularly care. I'm not so fat that I can't function, and I don't care what strangers think of my looks. Nor do I care about obesity-related diseases. We all die, I'd rather die having eaten delicious food and not wasting my time torturing myself with exercise.
 
2012-11-26 04:14:14 PM  

dickfreckle: SwingDancer: 6'2" 175lb so its got me dead on. but i am what i consider my ideal weight. in my younger years, i was scrawny. 135-140lb

Wow, I'm only 5' 11" and weigh ten pounds more than you, with very little fat. And I'm a guy, so you can trust that I'm being honest about the fat part. Nor am I particularly muscular aside from my legs. Mpst of the guys I know in your height range are around are around 200lbs.

Anyway, this illustrates that everyone is built differently and that these average weight studies/findings should be viewed with that in mind.


Well I do tend to exercise quite a bit, specifically Dancing. Swing, ballroom, etc.... doesnt sound like much to some, but after 4 hrs jumping around to songs like boogeywoogie bugle boy, you work up quite the sweat.
 
2012-11-26 04:17:45 PM  

SwingDancer: Well I do tend to exercise quite a bit, specifically Dancing. Swing


You don't say...
 
2012-11-26 04:24:46 PM  

jack21221: In 1990, I weighed about 50 pounds, now I weigh 250. Of course, my height has doubled since then...

Anyway, yes I'm fat, but I don't particularly care. I'm not so fat that I can't function, and I don't care what strangers think of my looks. Nor do I care about obesity-related diseases. We all die, I'd rather die having eaten delicious food and not wasting my time torturing myself with exercise.


What makes it worth it to me is when someone you think is hot also finds you attractive. And in our society, just not being fat puts you ahead of a lot of the competition. Of course if you're older and/or happily married I can see why that wouldn't be a big priority.
 
2012-11-26 04:57:22 PM  

browntimmy: What makes it worth it to me is when someone you think is hot also finds you attractive.


I've never had a problem with that, though I mainly did online dating. Now, I'm 30 and have a live-in girlfriend I've been with for almost 2 years, so it's even less of a concern.
 
2012-11-26 05:25:20 PM  
fat up Americuh, the Chinese are having you over for dinner....and by "over for dinner" i mean...

mmm a country full of morbidly obese idiots....the "envy of the world" lol
 
2012-11-26 05:36:05 PM  

jack21221: In 1990, I weighed about 50 pounds, now I weigh 250. Of course, my height has doubled since then...

Anyway, yes I'm fat, but I don't particularly care. I'm not so fat that I can't function, and I don't care what strangers think of my looks. Nor do I care about obesity-related diseases. We all die, I'd rather die having eaten delicious food and not wasting my time torturing myself with exercise.


I eat delicious food too, and at 6'2 I've trimmed down from about 192 to 174 since the summer (I never had a lot of muscle). You just have to be accountable for it. Count calories for a while, eat less than you use in a typical day, and you will lose weight, simple as that. A couple people upthread have mentioned specific diets, one way or another those are just easier ways of going about this. No need to torture yourself running miles every day, that just raises the number you need to stay under (though a bit would be good for the heart). This is related to why someone else upthread noticed they had put on fat but felt stronger and healthier - the opposite is also true, to gain mass (fat or muscle), you need to eat more than you use in a given day. That person probably has gained strength, it's just subtle, and impossible to notice under the bit of fat. This is why body builders bulk up and then trim down. 

I'm 29, and I've been almost completely sedentary all through my 20s, never considered myself athletic or had much interest in fitness. But if you want to take control of your appearance and health, it's probably easier than you think.
 
2012-11-26 05:37:56 PM  
Can you do a 5k in under 30 minutes, 50 pushups and squat press your body-weight? If so I don't care what you weigh if not get to the gym.
 
2012-11-26 05:39:13 PM  

Impeesa: You just have to be accountable for it. Count calories for a while, eat less than you use in a typical day, and you will lose weight, simple as that.


But WHY would I want to do that?
 
2012-11-26 06:20:03 PM  
You're all short.

/6'8"
 
2012-11-26 06:38:24 PM  

I_C_Weener: Eddie Ate Dynamite: I_C_Weener: I'm about 7 pounds overweight.  I'm 5'11.75" and 205 pounds. 
 
I defy your BMI and averages!

Do you tell people your age in halves and quarters as well as your height?


It is one of my biggest regrets that I never reached 6'.


As a guy who barely made it to 5'10" I hear you. One of the guys I hang out with is like 5'8" or maybe shorter, sucks to be him. It seems like guys from my dad's generation all ended up being a bit taller than their sons for some reason, at least the few examples I'm thinking of at the moment. They were also way taller than their dads because of malnutrition.

I console myself on my completely average height with the fact that if bullets ever start flying I'm a smaller target, and it's easier to blend into a crowd. Unfortunately I've never had the need for either, but if I ever do...I'm set.
 
2012-11-26 06:48:53 PM  
Many people think that gaining or losing fat in the body is simply a matter of consuming, over time, more or fewer calories than one expends. This is the common view espoused by governments and health departments and the exercise industry since the 1960s. It has been proven false through clinical and anthropological research and quite absurdly overlooks the hormonal mechanisms by which fat storage is regulated. LPL, HSL, insulin, triglycerides, etc etc. WHAT you eat matters much more than HOW MUCH you eat.
 
2012-11-26 07:07:12 PM  

jack21221: Impeesa: You just have to be accountable for it. Count calories for a while, eat less than you use in a typical day, and you will lose weight, simple as that.

But WHY would I want to do that?


I can't answer that for you, but I can tell you what's been going through my head lately as I have taken control of my food intake and started doing a little strength training. I want to look good for myself, and for my wife. I want to be able to move heavy things with ease. I want to stuff my face during bulk phases and know that it's actually furthering my goals. I want to eat twice as much delicious food as you in the long run because I planned around it and because I lived longer. I want to not end up overweight with diabetes or failing organs like all four of my blood-related uncles. I want to play on the jungle gym with my kids someday, and my grandkids, and FSM willing, my great-grandkids. Stuff like that.

/thanks for reminding me!
 
2012-11-26 07:15:40 PM  

Frederick: FTFA:
The average actual weight for men was 196 pounds, up 16 pounds since 1990.

The average weight of WWII soldiers was 150 lbs.


I can't say I helped that average much a few years ago. I fought hard to get down to FAA standard weight for my height.

/much happier now
 
2012-11-26 07:16:50 PM  

Cisco Kid: Many people think that gaining or losing fat in the body is simply a matter of consuming, over time, more or fewer calories than one expends. This is the common view espoused by governments and health departments and the exercise industry since the 1960s. It has been proven false through clinical and anthropological research and quite absurdly overlooks the hormonal mechanisms by which fat storage is regulated. LPL, HSL, insulin, triglycerides, etc etc. WHAT you eat matters much more than HOW MUCH you eat.


http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinkie.diet.professor/index.htm l

It ignores the reasons why someone might have a hard time sticking to a limit, and the possibility of malnutrition, but the thesis is true.
 
2012-11-26 08:02:14 PM  
Mostly muscle, mostly...
 
2012-11-26 08:33:26 PM  

Genju: Considering I'm 6'4", I don't think you would want to see me at 176 lbs. Heck I felt too slender when I was 185 lbs.

/back to 190

T.rex: i'm 6'1 1/2, and 193lbs... decent physique, but trying to lose some flab off my belly... all good, as i'm off to the gym in 24 minutes.

Going to the gym won't really get rid of that belly fat I'm afraid. Low sugar, high fiber, high protein (~80% from vegetables), high complex carbohydrate diets will. You will be seeing a lot of peas, beans, almonds, rolled oats and egg whites in your future.


i will take into account your dietary advice, though i'm aware you can't change fat into muscle... I do those cardio machines sometimes. i can burn 350 calories in 30 minutes.
 
2012-11-26 09:33:00 PM  

Impeesa: I can't answer that for you, but I can tell you what's been going through my head lately as I have taken control of my food intake and started doing a little strength training. I want to look good for myself, and for my wife. I want to be able to move heavy things with ease. I want to stuff my face during bulk phases and know that it's actually furthering my goals. I want to eat twice as much delicious food as you in the long run because I planned around it and because I lived longer. I want to not end up overweight with diabetes or failing organs like all four of my blood-related uncles. I want to play on the jungle gym with my kids someday, and my grandkids, and FSM willing, my great-grandkids. Stuff like that.

/thanks for reminding me!


i1095.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-26 09:47:45 PM  
So I've lost half an average adult in the last 8 months. Good to know.
 
2012-11-26 10:12:55 PM  
I know the thread is over, but I'd like to mention that I find it really odd that the lower bound on the "healthy" BMI for my height (6'7") is 165. I haven't been that small since 8th grade, and I was in great shape until I quit swimming/soccer/cycling my junior year.

On the other hand, I also find it strange that someone upthread felt "emaciated" at 6'2", 225lbs. That's my current weight, and I could still stand to lose 10-15lbs. Even with a larger frame than most people my size.
 
2012-11-26 10:15:55 PM  

T.rex:
T.rex: i'm 6'1 1/2, and 193lbs... decent physique, but trying to lose some flab off my belly... all good, as i'm off to the gym in 24 minutes.

Going to the gym won't really get rid of that belly fat I'm afraid. Low sugar, high fiber, high protein (~80% from vegetables), high complex carbohydrate diets will. You will be seeing a lot of peas, beans, almonds, rolled oats and egg whites in your future.

i will take into account your dietary advice, though i'm aware you can't change fat into muscle... I do those cardio machines sometimes. i can burn 350 calories in 30 minutes.


Yeah I switch up my cardio a lot because I get bored. I do P90X Interval, or I'll run 5 miles (average 9 minute miles). Usually every other day I'll cardio and the other day I'll lift. Maybe take a day off each week (maybe). But the reason I do it isn't necessarily for weight loss or even fat loss. Workout is great stress relief for me. So I spend on average an hour each lift. The P90X interval is only like 38 minutes long but it's pretty intense. Running obviously only about 50 minutes when you account for warm up and cool down. I also have an exercise bike I'll normally do around 10-15 miles a day on. My lifts are endurance lifts. 6 sets of 13 so low weight. It's like a mini cardio lift. Keeps the body lean (no big muscle) and light so I can keep running. If you want some decent dietary advice and quick meals you can easily make this guy has a lot of good free info for builders.
 
2012-11-27 12:18:17 AM  

Genju: T.rex:
T.rex: i'm 6'1 1/2, and 193lbs... decent physique, but trying to lose some flab off my belly... all good, as i'm off to the gym in 24 minutes.

Going to the gym won't really get rid of that belly fat I'm afraid. Low sugar, high fiber, high protein (~80% from vegetables), high complex carbohydrate diets will. You will be seeing a lot of peas, beans, almonds, rolled oats and egg whites in your future.

i will take into account your dietary advice, though i'm aware you can't change fat into muscle... I do those cardio machines sometimes. i can burn 350 calories in 30 minutes.

Yeah I switch up my cardio a lot because I get bored. I do P90X Interval, or I'll run 5 miles (average 9 minute miles). Usually every other day I'll cardio and the other day I'll lift. Maybe take a day off each week (maybe). But the reason I do it isn't necessarily for weight loss or even fat loss. Workout is great stress relief for me. So I spend on average an hour each lift. The P90X interval is only like 38 minutes long but it's pretty intense. Running obviously only about 50 minutes when you account for warm up and cool down. I also have an exercise bike I'll normally do around 10-15 miles a day on. My lifts are endurance lifts. 6 sets of 13 so low weight. It's like a mini cardio lift. Keeps the body lean (no big muscle) and light so I can keep running. If you want some decent dietary advice and quick meals you can easily make this guy has a lot of good free info for builders.


Thank you... i will look into it... I know a few people really into the P90X. Working out is a great stress relief for me too.... its actually the highlite of my week... I don't mind spending my Friday and Saturday nites there.... Sometimes, i do it just to get away from the girlfriend and go be a loner... I think i'm happier when i'm off in my own world. My other buddy has gotten gotten me exposed to the Mike Mentzer method where its like the opposite of endurance lifts.... Basically, you do two sets of each exercise, the first set being just a warmup and the 2nd set being an extreme power lift where you reach muscle failure by like the 6th or 7th rep... I've seen gains, and obviously, it offers more time to do a greater number of different exercises....
 
2012-11-27 02:17:49 AM  
I'm 5'8" 240lbs, so I'm a bit above the average.
 
2012-11-27 08:58:26 AM  
Funny enough, I just weighed in at 176 pounds. Mind you, this is down from 255 a year an a half ago, so I don't feel too bad about that.
 
2012-11-27 10:40:09 AM  
It's almost winter, that means bulking season. Slowly building up to 3,400 calories a day, gaining about a pound a week with a goal weight of 215. Weights and steak, it's delicious.
 
2012-11-27 11:03:54 AM  

meat0918: offacue: Not so much Twinkies, as e-mail, voice mail, cell phones, etc. Too many people spend their entire day at the office on one chair, only getting up to eat lunch and pee. Gone are the days when you actually had to get up and walk to someone's office to talk to them.

I hear the standing office work area is making a comeback.

[www.sitstandsolutions.com image 360x396]

It hasn't happened at my office, but has at HQ.

I do have a couple of coworkers that sit on those giant inflatable workout balls though.


Ummm....if I actually wanted to work standing up Id stay out on the factory floor working for a living. The entire point of working in the office is working less and getting payed more than the slobs on the floor.

/still work on the floor....but one day...
 
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