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    Old 07-28-2004, 03:19 PM   #1
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    i look average, but why do i weigh so much??(NOT about weight loss)

    hi, i'm new here. i'm glad i found a board like this where i could ask questions.
    anyway, my question is kinda weird. I'm 5'7", 18 years old, and i weigh like 155-160 pounds. I'm not fat at all. my measurements are 36-30-33. no doctor has ever told me to lose weight. but why are the numbres are teh scale so high??

    what i'm trying to say is, i don't look fat, but that weight is really high. if i told anyone before i met them how much i weighed theyd think i was a huge fat cow!! but im really not!! i wear like a size 7/8 jeans!

    so what gives? i',m not really big boned, either, btw

    (this is not about weight loss, so dont delete)

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    Old 07-28-2004, 04:08 PM   #2
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    Re: i look average, but why do i weigh so much??(NOT about weight loss)

    sbabayan, don't worry, be happy I'm in the same boat, and it's definitely got it's advantages. If you weigh more and it's not because you're overweight, it's because you have more mass, lean mass to be exact. Lean mass (read muscle) is metabolically active and requires more calories, even at rest.

    You've probably heard that muscle weighs more than fat, but that isn't how it works. 1 lb of fat and 1 lb of muscle weigh the same, 1 lb, howver they occupy a different space. Muscle takes up approximately 22% less volume than fat, so you can weigh the same as someone with more body fat and less lean mass but be a smaller size. I am 5'6" and at 155 lbs I wear a size 6.

    Having more lean mass means you have a faster metabolism; it means you can eat more calories w/o putting on any fat.

    In the end I'll take being a smaller size over weighing less any day. After all, when I walk down the street people can see my but - they have no idea what I weigh

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

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    Old 07-28-2004, 04:30 PM   #3
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    Re: i look average, but why do i weigh so much??(NOT about weight loss)

    Yup- I agree. Basically,(i would assume) you probably have very little body fat, and are made up of mostly muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat, but it doesnt SHOW like fat does. Lucky girl!!!!

    Old 07-28-2004, 08:27 PM   #4
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    I agree... VERY lucky girl!!

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