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how do I know what my body's ideal weight is?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 27, 2012 at 3:23 AM

How do you know when your body has hit its ideal weight? Is it just when you plateau on paleo or are there other signs? Or is there really no such thing and if you keep fasting and adding other things you keep losing? Thanks.

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on September 28, 2012
at 03:21 AM

Maybe you're right, but for me, 85kg 'feels' about right. I didn't mean to say there is an exact metric figure that your body tries to maintain, but it would make sense to me if there was a 'weight window' of say 5kg give or take, that your body is pre-determined to maintain.

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on September 27, 2012
at 07:18 PM

I call BS on this line of reasoning. I believe that there are set points. Once we reach a set point our body tries to maintain it. But if we eat too much, or too little, or whatever, our body adjusts and creates a new set point. There is nothing in our DNA that says, "Rob is a 85KG person, I'm going to get him there"

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on September 27, 2012
at 05:57 PM

This is not true. your body likes to maintain its same weight for some reason or another. IF you look at outdated bodybuilders, they stay the same weight but lose muscle and gain fat. Your body establishes it's weight via an established set-point, that is hard to change.

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on September 27, 2012
at 06:40 AM

This explains body fat more. http://www.bmi-calculator.net/body-fat-calculator/body-fat-chart.php

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on September 27, 2012
at 04:03 AM

But is that the % that your individual body functions best at? How do you tell?

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81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

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on September 27, 2012
at 03:48 AM

I watched This youtube vid, and they guy mentions that your body, or your DNA knows your ideal weight is supposed to be, it's kind of programed in. And eating a correct diet, and getting the right amount of physical activity will get you there, you just have to let your body do what it does.

In my experience this is true. My 'normal' weight seems to be dead on 85kg. I might fluctuate up or down 1kg every so often depending on how much I stray off true paleo diet, but I always land right back at 85kg.

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

(1022)

on September 28, 2012
at 03:21 AM

Maybe you're right, but for me, 85kg 'feels' about right. I didn't mean to say there is an exact metric figure that your body tries to maintain, but it would make sense to me if there was a 'weight window' of say 5kg give or take, that your body is pre-determined to maintain.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 27, 2012
at 07:18 PM

I call BS on this line of reasoning. I believe that there are set points. Once we reach a set point our body tries to maintain it. But if we eat too much, or too little, or whatever, our body adjusts and creates a new set point. There is nothing in our DNA that says, "Rob is a 85KG person, I'm going to get him there"

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 27, 2012
at 07:15 PM

your body's ideal weight is the one you reach when you are:
(1) Satisfied by your looks
(2) Satisfied with your health
(3) Capable of maintaining the weight without major sacrifices (i.e. IF is ok, starving yourself is not).

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on September 27, 2012
at 05:45 PM

You will know when you get there....

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34f6fbd8289759112b5de77a0678dea0

on September 27, 2012
at 03:47 AM

I like to recommend ideal body fat percentage instead of weight. My goal, because I am female, is 16%.

Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

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on September 27, 2012
at 04:03 AM

But is that the % that your individual body functions best at? How do you tell?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 27, 2012
at 05:57 PM

This is not true. your body likes to maintain its same weight for some reason or another. IF you look at outdated bodybuilders, they stay the same weight but lose muscle and gain fat. Your body establishes it's weight via an established set-point, that is hard to change.

34f6fbd8289759112b5de77a0678dea0

on September 27, 2012
at 06:40 AM

This explains body fat more. http://www.bmi-calculator.net/body-fat-calculator/body-fat-chart.php

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