danity56 asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 1 decade ago

Am I over wieght?

I am about 4ft 8 1/2 inches to 4ft 91/2 inches, and I am 116 pounds.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Don't pay attention to the BMI...it does not take into account muscle mass, therefore it is not accurate. If you have the opporturnity, or accessibility to, you should conisder having your fat percentage measured through body fat calipers or even through the BIA. The body fat calipers would be most accurate compared to the other techniques. You should compare more about your percentage of fat, and your health status, rather than your actual weight. Another key factor is your bone structure...small bone, medium bone, or large bone. Pay attention to your diet and the amount of physical activity you do, and no longer will your weight be a question. Instead you will be asking if you are healthy.

  • 1 decade ago

    The first thing you should do is IGNORE ANY OF THESE FOOLS WHO TELL YOU TO CHECK YOUR BMI!!!! NOT_HERE, WALLY, AND WINKY: I'M TALKING TO YOU. The BMI is so all-encompasing that it's very vague and unrealistic. To give you an idea... I'm 5'10" and even if I was 185 and 2% body fat (I have 181 lbs of muscle and bone...) I would be considered overweight according to the BMI (even if I was 0% body fat, I would be OVER the "suggested healthy range"). Instead of going by BMI, get your body fat % measured (you can do that at most gyms). This is INFINITELY BETTER than the BMI, and gives you a much better idea of your overall body composition.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No you are not. This is not a good question girl, you should be asking am I healthy. Weight is a number designed to help you measure your mass. Healthy is your overall health. You should judge by that not by the scale.

  • Dr. D
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    You need to determine your body mass index.

    A good body mass index for an woman is between 20 to 22.

    For men it should be 2-3 point higher.

    http://www.halls.md/body-mass-index/bmi.htm

    Use the link above to figure your body mass index.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You body mass is 26 which is over the "recommended" bmi

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You should weigh between 85lb and 115lb. So just try to maintain your weight or you can lose a few pounds if you like. HTH : )

    Source(s): I know you gave me a thumbs down, but the information is correct about your weight range for your height.
  • 1 decade ago

    Its all about how you feel as a person. Someone smaller in size will think you are overwieght. Someone bigger in size will think you are underweight. Its about health and self esteem!

  • 1 decade ago

    no you are not i was also 116 pounds and i no i am anarecy

  • 1 decade ago

    google BMI or body mass index and input your information, then it will tell you if you are overweight or not.

  • 1 decade ago

    Let's start by clarifying a couple of things:

    1. weight is not the best indicator of your health (because muscle weighs more than fat, two people of the same height can weigh the same and be drastically different in terms of health).

    2. Body fat percentage is a true indicator.

    3. Fat is burned by reducing overall caloric value.

    4. If you burn more than you consume, you will lose fat (lower body fat percentage)

    5. If you exercise and strength train, you can burn more calories and replace fat with muscle which will allow you to burn calories even when you rest.

    If you are trying to lower your body fat percentage there are literally hundreds of ideas out there. In my opinion, the best way, which has been proven time and time again, is a two part method: Eat right and exercise. First, exercise is a no-brainer. You have to burn more calories than you take in for exercise to be considered exercise. How you do it is worth another answer all to itself. So, that brings us to the Eating Right part. If you understand how your body works, you've got a head start on the world. Food is fuel for the body. Once you've accepted that concept as more important than the idea that food is entertainment, then the rest will be relatively easy. If you are American, and I assume you are, the Nutrition Facts label that you find on all foods bought in the U.S. are the next thing you need to understand. Go grab something from your kitchen (i.e. jar of peanut butter or a bag of chips...anything with a nutrition label). OK, yeah you need vitamins and minerals and all that. But focus on these three items: FAT, PROTEIN, and CARBOHYDRATES.

    Let's take these one at a time:

    FAT is basically divided into good fats and bad fats. The body needs good fats (mono- and poly-unsaturateds). You'll find these in stuff like olives and avocados where the bad fat is minimal if not nonexistent. The bad fats are your saturated and trans fats that you'll find in meats and oils. If you are trying to lose weight, keep these to an absolute minimum. My suggestion (based on a 1500-2000 calorie diet) is to limit yourself to no more than 15g of saturated fat per day. This is hard to do if you're used to eating fast food. It's also hard to do if you drink whole milk, eat cheese (even the 2% variety), and eat fried foods. All of these are high in bad fats. The good news is that you can substitute your diet to eat the very things you like to eat but with better ingredients. If you eat cheese, buy fat free. If you drink milk, buy skim. Slowly take yourself down from whole milk or 2% to 1% before going skim/fat free if the transition is too radical to do all at once. If you eat a lot of ground beef, use the extra lean variety (96% fat free/4% fat), or substitute lean ground turkey instead. Do whatever you have to do to get the bad fat grams down to less than 15 per day.

    PROTEIN: The building block of nutrition (aside from your vitamins and minerals) is protein. You need it strengthen your muscles and it will be essential with your exercise routine. Without protein, you can't build muscle tone or lean body mass. And guess what? Just having lean body mass (muscles) allows your body to burn more calories even when you are sleeping. Therefore, you are able to lose weight (bad weight, that is) just by sleeping. But, you have to exercise!! Don't forget that. You can find foods that are high in protein but also high in saturated fat, so be careful. Stick to poultry (chicken, turkey), fish (tuna is a great source), and beans. Don't fry your meats because if you do, you just added a bunch of bad fat to your otherwise healthy protein filled meal. Instead, grill, broil, or bake. You can do this! Don't forget to exercise to exponentially reap the rewards of consuming protein.

    CARBS. In my opinion, the no-carb diet is crap, because you need carbs for energy, especially because you are exercising! That's right, you can't forget you are supposed to be exercising. The trick is choosing the good carbs. You'll see on your nutrition label Total Carbohydrates and Sugars. Sugars should be kept to a minimum and should be avoided within hours of going to sleep. The calories associated with them get stored (for energy) but are not easily burned when it comes time to burn them. Therefore, it's harder to lose the weight associated with them. That's why it's not good to eat lots of candy, cookies, and ice cream that have a lot of sugar. The other kinds of carbs (complex carbohydrates) are essential. You can get these from grains and potatoes. Good stuff!!

    Now that you have a brief understanding of these three nutrition components, time to get to it. Not as easy as it sounds? That's because, you're human. If you treat your body right (and I mean very right, by limiting your saturated and trans fats, limiting your sugar carbs, and eating plenty of protein), then you deserve a day when you can eat whatever you want. The body has cravings and you should be able to fulfill these cravings IF you can stand to wait until the end of the week. I call this one day of decadence your cheat day. After 12 weeks of exercising and eating right in this manner, you'll get to the point where you don't even crave the bad stuff anymore.

    For more on this method, I encourage you to check out www.bodyforlife.com. The principals I wrote about are spelled out in greater detail there. Consult your doctor before drastically changing any diet or exercise routine. Good luck!

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