What's a good weight for 5'4"?

(54 Posts)
Olivetti Wed 19-Oct-11 13:38:57

I'm not going to say what I am, because I don't want people being kind grin I genuinely want S&Bers views on what is a nice weight for my height. My frame is small/medium and I have natural (i.e. before fat!) boobs and hips. Thanks!

smartyparts Wed 19-Oct-11 13:40:29

I would say about 9 stone or less?

aStabbingStrangleways Wed 19-Oct-11 13:43:37

I'd say about 9 stone too. I am a very similar height and shape to you, by the sounds of things; used to be 8-8.5 stone as a young whippersnapper but think that would be too skinny now. Currently a bit over 9st after years of being 10.5st, and I look so much better.

Lancelottie Wed 19-Oct-11 13:43:58

anything from 7 stone 10, to 10 stone 5, according to the good ol' BMI index.

Sigh. I was 7 and a bit at age 18...

Jojay Wed 19-Oct-11 13:45:26

I'm 5'4" and between 8 1/2 and 9 stone is right for me

HOMEMADECHUTNEY Wed 19-Oct-11 13:45:31

I think around 8st 12lbs is considered a 'good' weight (at least according to my Wii Fit!).

Of course it is all very subjective - most important thing is that you feel happy and healthy with your weight <like you really needed me to tell you that grin>.

bibbitybobbitybloodyaxe Wed 19-Oct-11 13:46:17

Depends how old you are.

I think under 9 stone and your face will suffer a bit if you are 40+.

I am 5'3" and would be ecstatic if I weighed 9 and a half stone but then I am a natural endomorph and have never been less than a size 12 in my life (except when I lived exclusively on coffee, cigarettes, alcohol and drugs).

rockboobs Wed 19-Oct-11 13:47:46

i'm about that height, my frame is small and i'm a (bf-ing) 34B. I'm weighing in at 8 stone 2 pounds at the moment but expect to put back on a couple of pounds when the bf-ing ends.

Before I was preg I was a static 8 stone 5lbs. I'm 40 years old so I've naturally put on some since my 20's.


Olivetti Wed 19-Oct-11 13:48:49

Thanks everyone. I basically agree, I think about 9 st. I'lltell you what I am now - about 9st 10. Had a baby 11 months ago, so no real excuse for the extra. But here's the thing - I don't think I look overweight, particularly. What I mean is, I can see I need to lose about 2 inches off my waist, but would that really equare to 10lbs? Also, I don't eat that much and I do a reasonable amount of exercise, so HOW am I going to lose it without starving to fainting point???

ShowOfHands Wed 19-Oct-11 13:49:06

I'm 5ft 3" and need to lose a stone (had a baby 6 weeks ago). I'm fittest/healthiest at just under 9 stone.

ShowOfHands Wed 19-Oct-11 13:51:00

Olivetti, ignore the scales. Eat well and exercise, maintain a healthy waistline and trust your energy levels and shape more.

Olivetti Wed 19-Oct-11 13:51:36

What's a healthy waist measurement though?

BattyDevineIntervention Wed 19-Oct-11 13:51:36

10lb of fat would probably be 2 inches from your waist if it was ALL fat and no lean muscle.

To answer your question I am 5 foot 5 so only one inch taller but I look and feel pretty great at 10 stone but I have a reasonable lean mass (in that I am quite strongly built in muscle)

BattyDevineIntervention Wed 19-Oct-11 13:51:59

(I'm not 10 stone at the moment but working on it!)

Egg Wed 19-Oct-11 13:52:51

I am 5 ft 3 and weigh about 8 stone 4. Sometimes go down to just above 8 stone and occasionally reach 8 and a half. I think my weight is fine but I badly need to tone up!

alarkaspree Wed 19-Oct-11 13:54:04

9st 10 is in the healthy weight range. So if you think you look fine, you really are fine.

I am 5ft 3 and at 10st my waist looks fine and my legs look fat. If I lose more weight my top half gets thinner and my legs still look fat.

Hullygully Wed 19-Oct-11 13:54:35

<kills self>

NotJustClassic Wed 19-Oct-11 13:54:59

Waist measurement for Diabetes risk, from Diabetes UK
What are the risk factors for diabetes?
The following people should be screened for diabetes:

a) White people aged over 40 years and people from black (including people of African-Caribbean origin), Asian and minority ethnic groups aged over 25 with one or more of the risk factors below:

a first degree family history of diabetes and/or
overweight/obese/morbidly obese with a BMI of 25 kg/m2 and above, with a sedentary lifestyle and/or
waist measurement > 94cm (> 37 inches) for white and black men, and > 90cm (> 35 inches) for Asian men, and > 80cm (> 31.5 inches) for white, black and Asian women.

So a waist measurement below 31.5 inches.

Chestnutx3 Wed 19-Oct-11 13:56:31

it depends if you do any exercise or not, better to weigh more and have some muscle tone.

Olivetti Wed 19-Oct-11 13:57:51

I go to the gym and go swimming twice a week. My jeans have got looser and all my clothes look better, but my weight NEVER shifts!

belgo Wed 19-Oct-11 13:58:02

9st is a healthy weight, as lots of posters have said.

The thing is, 10st is also a healthy weight and if you are happy with what you look like, and take exercise, there is no reason for you to diet.

AheadlesswomancalledHorse Wed 19-Oct-11 13:59:48

I would say go on your bust/waist/hip measurements more than weight, because as we all know us ladies are fantastic at having extreme variaties of body shape even when we're the same height/weight.

I'm 5'4 and my extremes are from; 7st & a half (looked underweight), 10st (was training & had legs that Chris Hoy would be jealous of).

Most comfortable when, pre-pregnancy, I was 8st 10lbs and 36-28-36 (although I could've done losing a few inches off my tum)!

alwaysblue Wed 19-Oct-11 14:04:24

im 5"3 and 9 and a half stone. in the last few months ive started exercising a lot and people keep telling me ive lost loads of weight. ive actually only lost a few pounds but have obv toned up a lot because of the exercise. so i agree with chestnut, a few more pounds with muscle tone is fine too.

BerryLellow Wed 19-Oct-11 14:05:02

I'm just slightly under 5'4 and weigh around nine and a half. I think I'd probably look better at closer to nine, but I'm not too unhappy as I am. In fact I'd happily weigh more if it went to my bottom instead of my middle <stupid apple shape>

afishcalledmummy Wed 19-Oct-11 14:12:29

I think weight is kind of irrelevant as a stand alone figure - you need to take into consideration size. I am now a good 10 lbs heavier than I was in my early 20s, but am smaller than I was (in measurements, not vanity dress sizes). This is probably because I did no exercise in my youth and now am a bit of a gym bunny and am a lot healthier (as in I eat proper, nutritious) food.

higgle Wed 19-Oct-11 15:01:23

You also need to think about dress sizes. I'm 5'3" with broad shoulders and if I go much under 9 stone I'm still too big for size 10 jackets or fitted dresses but going under a size 10 for trousers and skirts.

BattyDevineIntervention Wed 19-Oct-11 15:48:54

Its true, its all about body composition.

Its better to weigh 65kg (10 stone 3) if you have 50kg lean mass (bone and muscle etc) and 15 kg fat, as it means your body fat percentage is 23% which is pretty good and you will then have a basal metabolic rate of approximately 1620 calories a day (that's before any exercise - that's what your body just needs at rest in a day to survive) - add your exercise both structured and incidental (just dashing around etc) and you could maintain that weight eating quite well.

Yet if you weigh 9 stone 6 (60kg) yet only have a lean mass of 45kg and still have 15kg fat on you, your fat will be more "obvious" because there's more of it in relation to the rest of you, it will wobble more etc, and you will have a much lesser basal metabolic rate and have to work much harder and eat much less to maintain this "lighter but fatter" body.

Its all about body composition

NewChoos Wed 19-Oct-11 15:50:39

About 9 1/2 stone is right for me but I can only get there if I cut out almost all carbs and booze. Have noticed my shape has changed post DS, I'm quite hippy whereas before I always had slim hips/bottom and carried weight on my tummy. I am still bf'ing though and have another stone at least to lose.

CoralRose Wed 19-Oct-11 15:59:07

<joins Hully>

saoirse86 Wed 19-Oct-11 19:04:38

I'm 5'3" and weighed 8 stone 5 pre pregnancy. Now dd is 13 months and I weigh 9 stone 4. Everyone says I look a lot better now with a bit more weight on me. But I have that awful mum tum which is probably as good as it's going to get and i no longer go in at the waist, and I have much fatter legs and hips! It seems as though my shape has changed for good but I think if I got to 8 stone 12 ish I'd look better.

moonstorm Wed 19-Oct-11 19:53:23

<joins Hully and Coral>

herbietea Wed 19-Oct-11 19:59:39

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underactivethyroidmum Wed 19-Oct-11 20:00:22

I wish I was 9 stone 10. I'm currently 12 stone and desperatly trying to loose weight to no avail - my user name says it all. Bloody thyroid hate the bastard thing angry

Catsu Wed 19-Oct-11 20:02:30

I'm 5.4 and currently weigh 10 St 5
I look best at about 9st but have just had baby 8 weeks ago hence the larger size!
Am still only a size 10/12 though so don't feel too much rushed too lose the excess, will wait till I stop bf'ing (as always hungry at the mo!)

I am 5'4'' and my Wii fit tells me my ideal weight is 9 stone 3lb. I am about 10 stone 3lb, just within my OK range. I am about a size 12. I have fallen out of the habit of exercising and am trying to get back into it but I doubt I will ever be 9 stone 3lb again!!

MrsCampbellBlack Wed 19-Oct-11 20:04:43

Yes about 9 stone.

But how have I missed that Showy has had a baby!! Congratulations.

ASuitableGirl Wed 19-Oct-11 20:06:32

I am 5 foot 4 and weigh about 8.5 stone I think. Had a phase where I went up to 10.5 stone and that definitely was too much for me. Would probably look OK down to about 8 stone but think I am OK at the moment. Plus I am riding my bike a lot more now so maybe even getting a little bit fitter

MrsSnow Wed 19-Oct-11 20:13:32

The NHS BMI calculator helps tell you where you should be BMI

But I do think it is different for everyone. I'm 5'4 too and when I was 65kg (so about 10 stone) I had Dcup boobs, flat stomach, and generally slim everywhere. The photos of when I was 55kg I looked borderline painfully thin. I think a lot is how your body distributes your weight which BMI calculators don't really help with.

BattyDevineIntervention Wed 19-Oct-11 20:36:20

NHS BMI is great for "health screening" - i.e if your BMI says you are healthy, you probably are, and if it says you are not, you might not be.

For aesthetics it can do you wrong. At your "definitely healthy" weight it can have you looking like near-death and at your "might not be healthy" weight it can have you looking radiant.

It really is all about body composition but BMI assumes various averages and liklihoods in relation to this factor based on statistics and probability.

BattyDevineIntervention Wed 19-Oct-11 20:37:33

I would also say if your NHS BMI has you somewhere in the middle or upper end of healthy then you probably are not only healthy but also looking fine. But there are some exceptions and its not always athletes or black people.

ShowOfHands Thu 20-Oct-11 08:31:45

Thank you MrsCampbellBlack. No idea how you missed me running on about the baby. grin

canistartagainplease Thu 20-Oct-11 08:38:23

Thanks for this, I know i'm overweight 5'4" 11 stone and 49yrs, post menapause so even though it wont be easy ,you lot are my inspiration. I'll drop a stone.

Ephiny Thu 20-Oct-11 10:33:39

I would say about 8-9 stone - I'm 5'2" and 8st seems a nice weight for me.

I agree it depends on your build and body composition, and the ideal weight is not necessarily the same for two people of the same height. Depends on personal taste as well as to what weight you think looks best.

meltedchocolate Thu 20-Oct-11 11:46:49

I would say 8 and a half stone MAX.

meltedchocolate Thu 20-Oct-11 11:47:49

Oh crap, so so so sorry, I didn't read all of thread blush I should say that I have always been thin so struggle to think of being anything other than

<scuttles off to hide in hole>

BleughCowWonders Thu 20-Oct-11 11:50:54

I think if the weight is still around your waist, then lowering carbs is the way to go, rather than any other kind of diet. I find that bread and pasta make me bloated and shows immediately around my middle.

Olivetti Thu 20-Oct-11 14:20:53

When I got married, 2 years ago, my waist was 27.5 inches. It's almost 1 year since baby, and my waist is 30 inches sad

Dancergirl Thu 20-Oct-11 16:48:07

This thread has really inspired me to lose some weight!

I'm about 5' 3.5" and weigh about 9.5 stone (a bit less on a good day!). I would really like to lose half a stone and be just under 9 stone.

Any tips for losing half a stone and keeping it off? Other than eating less obviously! Do I really have to cut out/cut down on carbs?

mummc2 Thu 20-Oct-11 17:11:27

Im exactly 5 4" and weigh 10 stone 7 at the minute which I feel is heavy BMI 25.2. I think it all depends on your shape my friend has a much smaller waist than me and weighs the same but is all thighs and bum so I think as long as you can look in the mirror and be happy it doesnt matter what the scales say. When I met DH I weighed 8 st 8 lbs and looked slim all over yet everyone said I looked my best around the time I got married and I weighed 9 st 5lb then as was exercising alot more I had more muscle tone.

If your just looking at loosing a few inches off your waist you may be better just doing toning exercises.

lubeybooby Thu 20-Oct-11 17:12:31

I'm 5ft 4 and measured 38-28-38 at 11.5 stone - large build. So I'd say that actually it depends on build and everyone is different.

For me personally I wouldn't want to be any less than 11 stone

I was 8.5 stone once and looked gaunt and bony... 10st is slim rather than curvy for me. 9st is skinny for me.

Pickle65 Thu 20-Oct-11 17:16:05

This really is quite inspiring as I am much nearer 11stone but after a while it becomes quite normal. Time to get that excess stone off and then see where I go from there. Post 40 though I think a few extra pounds (and a mean a few) can help you look a bit better!

Olivetti - it's really simple - you're happy with what you like look so.....


If everyone relied on their own feelings about who they were then there would be no disordered eating.

Rollergirl1 Thu 20-Oct-11 21:28:26

I am 5'3. Was just under 8stone until had kids. Then I settled around the 9stone mark. Although at the moment I am also about 9stone 10 and I really don't know why. I have always swam at least a few times a week. About 2 years ago I took up running as well and I looked a lot trimmer and people commented a lot that I looked like i'd lost weight (although I actually hadn't). We went on holiday back in August and I had an early morning swim every morning. I could see even while we were out there that I was starting to look more toned. But when I got back I weighed more then I ever have when not pregnant. Since being back I haven't done as much exercise and have been knocking back the wine a bit. I still weigh the same but also look decidedly wobbly now.

So I have decided to make a concious effort to get back down to 9stone again. I am currently on day 4 of Attack on the Dukan diet and have lost 3lbs.

rattie77 Thu 20-Oct-11 22:52:18

Its difficult really to say, but I have ranged from 11.8 to 8st and I am 5ft 4". I went down to 8st last Christmas and my family constantly told me how ill I looked, hubby said I aged so much in my face. I am now up to 9st 6 and feel fat - can't fit into any of my clothes from last year, have a wobbly tum and fat thighs etc, though I look much healthier facially. I supposr between 8.12 and 9st would be ideal.

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