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How much of a weight loss would you be willing to accept? (Read 272 times)


Dr. Cornsitter

    I am down 30 lbs from this time last year. I would also be excited to lose 15 more, which is part of the plan. Beyond that, I think i would get into scary territory, but it would depend on my other activities. I'd need to ensure I were doing more regular strength training to keep my body strong and healthy.

     

    I think there is a ratio of waist to hip that is now used to determine risk for heart disease and other health issues. So while I'm at the upper end of normal weight range BMI-wise, I'm actually in the lowest risk band when it comes to that ratio (little in the middle but she got much back). I consider a little of this and a little of that when I try to set my personal health goals. There is room for improvement for sure, but I want to maintain overall health moreso than worry about race times. But that's just me.

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    Muddling through

      Using the CDC calculator my current BMI is 22, right in the middle of the normal range. With 40 years between, I'm not sure my peak running weight would still be the same, but if I lost 20 punds to get there it would put my BMI at 19, still normal but at the low end. I'd be happy to lose 10 pounds but I'm not going to make a concerted effort to do so.

      2014 Goals: Run first trail ultra, first 100K, and see what I can do in a 24-Hour race

      LRB


      Dreamer

        I'm in the same situation as Hilary right now. I'd really like to lose about 10 pounds (I weigh 123 now) but I'm not too concerned with my weight either way because my performance is still good. Am I the only one who gained weight doing more mileage, though? Angry

         

        What I have found, and this is purely unscientific, is that more miles equal a need for more volume of fluid in muscles, which leads to a greater consumption of fluids, and thus the likely hood of a couple few extra LB's on the scale, despite nothing else (eating habits) changing.

        MRT: This too shall pass I made it!

           

          Yep, my last glass was on January 5th.  I have been in a weight loss plunge ever since!

           

          I gave up eggs and dairy, several months ago, I need something Cry


          Old , Ugly and slow

            i am fat and would like to lose 25-30 pounds.

            I am 215 and would like to be 185-190.

            My best running weight was 150 but I have added muscle over the last 30 years.

            first race sept 1977 last race sept 2007

             

            2014goals   1300  miles  , 190 pounds , deadlift 400 touch my toes

            happylily


              I am running more miles and faster than before and I'm also eating more. But I'm still losing... And the really bad thing is that now I have difficulty processing only one glass of red wine. I mean, how sad is that?

              PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013

                      Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013

              4 years racing, 15 marathons, 15 BQs     


              delicate flower

                I am running more miles and faster than before and I'm also eating more. But I'm still losing... And the really bad thing is that now I have difficulty processing only one glass of red wine. I mean, how sad is that?

                 

                It's been over two years and 50 pounds since I last had a drink.  It'd be interesting to see what a glass of red wine would do me now.

                proud sherpa


                Mmmmm...beer

                  I was 188 this morning, still carrying a lil post race fluid, at 6' tall that puts my BMI at 25.5, I'm overweight again. lol  I'm to the point now where I don't care much about what the scale says tho, I'm more concerned with bodyfat.  Of course since I don't lift weights, dropping bodyfat means the scale will go down, so it's still a somewhat useful tool.  I can see myself being comfortable in the 170's.  With how I'm built, I don't think it would be healthy for me to go much below that, or it would mean that my upper body would have to waste away, because my legs are big.

                   

                  I guess to answer your question, I still have weight to lose before I'm in danger of going too far, but once I get to that point, I wouldn't be willing sacrifice my appearance to get faster.  I'm never gonna make money at this, so my goal is to maintain a healthy balance of speed and physique.

                  -Dave

                  My running blog

                  2014 Goals | sub-19 5k done! | sub-40 10k done! | BQ done! | sub-3 M


                  Muddling through

                    I am running more miles and faster than before and I'm also eating more. But I'm still losing... And the really bad thing is that now I have difficulty processing only one glass of red wine. I mean, how sad is that?

                    Have you tried switching to rose or white?

                    2014 Goals: Run first trail ultra, first 100K, and see what I can do in a 24-Hour race

                    happylily


                      I once read an article about how much elite runners (long distance) weigh. Female elites that were my height were often 95lbs... That weight put them at 16.8 BMI. I'm 17.9 presently... Although I do feel a bit skinny in the upper body, I certainly don't feel underweight.

                      PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013

                              Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013

                      4 years racing, 15 marathons, 15 BQs     

                      happylily


                        Have you tried switching to rose or white?

                         

                        White and rose do seem easier on my system. I think I'll stick to them from now on.

                        PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013

                                Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013

                        4 years racing, 15 marathons, 15 BQs     

                        LRB


                        Dreamer

                           

                          It's been over two years and 50 pounds since I last had a drink.  It'd be interesting to see what a glass of red wine would do me now.

                           

                          I would drink 12-18 ounces a couple few nights a week.  That amount would probably kill me at my current weight!

                          MRT: This too shall pass I made it!

                            I am running more miles and faster than before and I'm also eating more. But I'm still losing... And the really bad thing is that now I have difficulty processing only one glass of red wine. I mean, how sad is that?

                             

                            I'm exactly the same way with the mileage I've been running this year. I had hoped that things would reach a steady-state equilibrium but I've actually needed to make a concerted effort to eat more just to stay close. (BMI calculators put me at 19) Sometimes I feel like a Hobbit in how many meals I end up eating in a day. Wink

                            Train smart ... race smarter.


                            Bad Ass

                              I don't let myself concentrate on pounds or BMI numbers since I am 30lbs more than I was 6 years ago but I am wearing a size smaller than then.  Also, my BMI is categorized as obese and although I do need to lose 5-10lbs. I am far from obese.

                               

                              So I guess my answer would be 5-10lbs at the maximum.  After that, my figure and my performance starts to get affected to the point that is not worth the effort.

                              Damaris, Marathon Maniac, Ultra Runner

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                              "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."

                                I'm going to go with zero.

                                I will echo the comments about how crazy BMI is. I am 5-10, 170, which puts me at 24.4 & nearly overweight. But I am only 10 lb more than when I graduated high school 31 years ago (and god help me if there isn't a bit more muscle), so no worries. I really can't imagine losing much weight. Also I am more interested in building endurance rather than speed, so maybe minimizing weight is not as important.

                                 

                                Am I the only one who gained weight doing more mileage, though? 

                                 

                                I am glad to hear this from others as well, as I was kind of puzzled by it. I don't put in nearly the kind of miles as many folks here, but I have increased them a bit & my weight is up a few lb. Also I find myself needing to eat constantly, all day long. Kind of gets annoying sometimes. And I only do 35-40 mpw, I can't imagine how you 80-100 mpw people manage it.

                                Dave