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5/7/13 9:26 A

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I am 5'5". Current weight is 132. Working to get to 124(dr. said okay). Bust is 34. Waist is 29. Hips are 35. Looking to have 24 in. waist and 34 in. hips. Was told waist should be 10 in. smaller than bust.

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3/8/13 10:16 A

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Hi! I do not believe that there is an exact size, shape, measurment, anyone should be. I believe that being fit does not require someone to be 'skinny' so to say. Fit is when you feel confortable within a reasonable weight. 'Too thin'. I would say is when your health is at risk. Which usually would not happen unless you have a severe eating disorder. Hope I helped!

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5/9/11 9:54 P

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Hey, all! I'm new here, but I just wanted to mention that at 5'6" and 120 lb (not considered underweight for at least another 5-7 lb according to BMI) my measurements are 35-23-35, and when I get thinner my waist falls to a super-narrow 22 inches. But that's genetic -- my mother is the same way. So if you penalize for waist size, I think it should be in relation to other body measurements as well -- too thin changes from person to person. We're all shaped differently!

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I'm just going to post as the token tall girl on this thread... not as skinny as you all but I'm working on it.
I'm 5'8 and last time I measured 34-25-38
Ideally I'd like to lose off my hips and not my waist, but I think I'd like hips down to 34 and waist to maybe 24? Anything below that would definitely be too thin.

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3/7/08 7:38 A

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Hi We have about the same size. LOL.... I get 24 in waist at about 105lbs. That is a little low for weight on me. I would still like to have the 24 in waist but not likely at my age lol.... DD

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3/5/08 7:50 P

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I've never heard of that ratio but it seems pretty appropriate for me, at least. I do have some friends who naturally have tiny waists but carry weight in their lower body who it wouldn't work as well for, though.

As for me, I'm 5'2", 112, 20-21% body fat, with a 26.5 inch waist. At 108 and about 19% body fat, my waist gets to around 25inches. I'm aiming for 17-18% body fat, which will hopefully bring my waist to closer to 24inches, so I wouldn't be gaining any points, but that's ok. :-)

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Thanks, GamerGirl. Gives me something to consider.

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12/31/07 12:39 A

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You might have to combine the waist-to-height ratio with some other measurement or something. If my waist-to-height ratio even got close to 40%, I'd be sitting at about 13% bodyfat which is too low for a non professional athlete woman.

Height: 5'0
Weight: 104
Current Waist: 26"
Too Thin Waist: less than 25"

And for the sake of reference current BMI = 17%

So my whole definition of too thin more revolves around maintaining a healthy BMI vs. the waist-to-height ratio.



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12/21/07 9:29 A

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I meant for this team. I generally have everyone do a challenge that they are aready doing(on another team) or do one that is more personal ( that could be anything from increasing how much water you drink to just getting 5 more min of excersise, being more positive). Every month we have a new challenge. DD

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12/21/07 9:18 A

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Hi DD,

Sorry, I didn't quite follow you. Which challenge are you referring to?

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12/21/07 8:38 A

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Hey there Mark.
I was thinking ..... This would better suit the challenge thread. We could post our ratings from the team here to chert for our members here. What do you think? DD
P.S. this would be an ongoing challenge for the yr. I think it would start the new yr off well.

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12/20/07 7:22 P

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Well, I totally agree I'm underweight...As for cardio, I try to do the minimum amount necesary for me to reap the cardiovascular and psychological benefits. After that, I focus on strength training.I'm going to really try to get more protein. And try adding 100 calories/day for a while, and see if that helps. I always eat at the high end of my calorie range, but I guess I just need more. That's cool that you understand that it can be easier said than done.

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12/20/07 6:38 P

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Thanks for the insight. At the risk of sounding naive, it sounds like the solution for you may be eat more and do less cardio. I know cardio provides endorphines, but if you are low on energy, expending less via cardio and consuming more calories to build up your fat reserves will give you that energy. I understand this easier said then done.

You definitely do not want to be on a low-fat diet. Fat is crucial in the body, the brain is all fat and that's why breast milk is so fatty so that infants brains develop well. So fat can be a very good thing.

According to BMI, you are at least 10 pounds underweight. I guess that's the green light for you to eat guilt free for the holidays! :-)

I hope I was helpful.

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12/20/07 6:21 P

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Well, I can't find my tape measure, but last time I checked, my waist was 26". I was a bit healthier then- so I'm probably 25.5...which yes, to me that's too thin. Too thin is when you don't have the energy level that you know you can enjoy at a healthier, heavier weight. I know when I was 130 lbs. and 20% bodyfat I felt way, WAY better, and had more energy than I have now.
As far as frame, small-to-medium according to the fingers around the wrist test...

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12/20/07 4:23 P

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Hi DD,

Thanks for the link. I hadn't see that before. That site says "Frame size has been a factor used in the past to determine the ideal healthy weight for a person. However, specialists now recommend using a combination of Body Mass Index (BMI), Body Fat and Lean Body Mass to figure an individualís ideal healthy weight."

So it appears that frame size is an outdated metric.

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Well I have found a web site that can estimate frame size. If I remember right they used a measurement on your elbow and wrist to do the essatiment.
the site is hpt://www.healthstatus.com/calculators.htm
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This would be a good way to find out. DD

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Hey DD. Frame size is an interesting issue. It's quite subjective. Some people may think they have a large frame, when really they just have a lot of fat on a medium frame. I haven't run across too much research that uses frame.

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Also when you do increase your protein you will need to increase your fat intake as well. That will help your protein work right. DD

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Hi Brianne,

If I may ask, what's you're waistline and what do you think is too thin?

Also, as far as protein, most recommendations I've read say that to gain muscle you need about 30% of your calories from protein, about 1 gram per pound of body weight. I looked at your diet, and you are eating about 18% protein, so you may want to try adding about 30 grams of protein to your diet.

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How thin is too thin? I'm trying to gain muscle weight, (same places as you,DD!).
I am 5'7, 108.5lbs., bodyfat 11.5%,(I'd also like to gain ateensy bit of fat,too- but can you do that healthily?)I am going to shoot for more protein in my diet- I get enough according to Spark, but I feel my body needs it.

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Hey Mark. It might be interesting to see what the frame size is as well. That can + or - how much weight is approperate for each person. I know person with a med frame can add 5 lbs more and still be fine. If a large frame you can get by with more weight to be healthy. Whats your thoughts about this? DD

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Hi DD,

Thanks for the numbers. So far it gels with my informal research. I am interested to see what other women think.

As far as increasing your chest and hips, I don't know much about that. I've heard that training your lower pecs can be more uplifting, for that try decline bench press. As far as hips, maybe some squats and leg kickbacks with significant weight can grow your gluts.

To add muscle you'll need consistent resistance training and high protein diet - about 30% of your calories or 1 gram per pound of weight, so 108 grams of protein daily for you. And you'll want to have protein as a part of every meal.

Mark

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Hi Mark
I like this Idea. I'm 5'2" weight 108. bust 34, waist 25, hips 34.5. I have a med/sm frame. Would like to add 2 in to my chest, -1 inch on my waist for a 24 (too small 22) and +1 on the hips for a 35.
What do you think of this. The idea is to gain weight with muscle. I do have restrictions for excersise that have played havic to a steady routine. DD

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Hi everyone,

I wonder, how do you define what is too thin?

I created a new group called the GripIron Fitness Challenge that allows player of different fitness levels to compete together. You could think of it as a biggest loser type group but where people like us can participate too. Players score points by reducing waistline, losing fat, adding muscle, and reporting workouts.

In setting up the rules, I wanted to apply penalties for being too thin. I wanted to be fair to people like us but at the same time not encourage dangerous behavior. Based on my own non-scientific research, I set up a rule that if your waist-to-height-ratio drops below 40%, you can't score any more points by reducing your waist and if it goes below 36% you start getting penalized big time.

For example, a 5'5 person who has would stop scoring waist points once their waist reached about 26.5" and would start being penalized if their waist dropped below about 24".

I'd like to here what you all think is too thin.

Please include your height, current waist, goal waist, and the waistline you think for you that would be too thin.

Here's my info:

HEIGHT: 6'0"
CURRENT WAIST: 30.5"
GOAL WAIST: 28"
TOO THIN WAIST: 26"

Thanks,
Mark

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