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How did you decide your goal weight?

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didireallysaythat Thu 13-Sep-18 21:54:14

When I was 18 I was 8 stone 8.

When I was 30 I was 10 stone 4.

Now I'm 47 I was 13 stone. Joined SW and after today's weigh in I'm 11 stone 3. But I don't know what weight I should be aiming for. I don't want to set a goal I will find hard to maintain (I don't want my life to be spent obsessing with every mouthful). I'm 5-5.

Any suggestions? Last time I lost weight with WW my consultant said I should aim for 9 stone but that feels unsustainable to me.

How do you choose what you want to aim for?


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LoisLittsLover Thu 13-Sep-18 21:55:26

At the moment my goal weight is the top end of what the bus considers healthy for my height. I will reassess when (if) I make it

LoisLittsLover Thu 13-Sep-18 21:56:13

Nhs. I don't really care if the bus thinks I could loose a few pounds

Moominfan Thu 13-Sep-18 22:00:20

10.5 stone is my happy weight. 9.5-10 stone is my hard to maintain weight.

didireallysaythat Thu 13-Sep-18 22:28:14


Interesting. My healthy weight range works out as 8-3 to 11-2. The middle would be 9-7 which just fed unattainable to me.

I know I haven't lost a lot, the first half stone allowed me to get back into some clothes i wanted to wear so the motivation to lose another 1-2 stone just isn't there. I don't get out of breath walking up flights of stairs so I feel better too. I'm not sure if there are massive health benefits in losing more (but I suspect I'm just being lazy!)

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FATEdestiny Fri 14-Sep-18 19:19:13

As well as BMI, another health marker the NHS use is a waist measurement under 80cm (31.5 inches) for women.

You could aim for that.

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Sep-18 19:22:42

The waist / height rule is that it should never be more than half of one's height, isn't it?

123whatsmyusername Fri 14-Sep-18 19:28:28

I looked up the BMI chart online and chose a weight fairly in the middle of being healthy for my height. That way, if I did put a few pounds on (for example, over Christmas or on holiday) I knew I wouldn’t be well on my way back to obesity and the health problems associated with it. Good luck!

FATEdestiny Fri 14-Sep-18 19:30:18

MrsLettuce, the NHS advise weight loss for any woman with a waist greater than 80cm regardless of height.

Height/Waist Ratio of less than 0.5 and Hip/Waist Ratio of less than 0.85 are also health measures.

delphguelph Fri 14-Sep-18 19:32:16

You're the same height as me. I'm just under ten stone and find it difficult /boring to get much below that.

It depends on your build, too.

didireallysaythat Fri 14-Sep-18 20:07:12

@delphguelph I'm broad shoulders and thick of thigh. The last time I was under 10 was 20 years ago, I lived in health conscious California and I went to the gym 5 times a week for a minimum of an hour. Maybe I should just stick with SW for another year and see where I end up? But I'm going to need to reset my goal...

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MrsLettuce Fri 14-Sep-18 20:19:55

FATEdestiny ah right, missed the NHS bit, I'm not in the uk so I suppose it's logical that the advice varies slightly. I see the average height for women here is 167.4cm compared to 161.6cm for British women. The NHS guidelines would be a bit too strict here!

Geekster1963 Fri 14-Sep-18 22:05:40

I lowered my target a few times! My first one was 8st 8lbs and my final target was 7st 1lb (I am very short at 4ft 11). This was the weight I could maintain. It took me a good while to lose the weight but it seems it’s my ‘natural’ weight. I gave up Slimming world over two years ago and just weigh myself once a week at home and I’ve been within the same few pounds since.

I think you find a weight that you are happy with and can maintain while still being able to have a few treats and ‘days off’.

Gablexy Fri 14-Sep-18 22:21:39

When I started SW I put a target around the middle of my BMI range. Once I got to that I lowered it to the minimum acceptable target weight that SW accept, based on me still feeling I had areas that needed slimming! The SW minimum acceptable weights are in one of the books you get in the first week. They are set to a minimum BMI of 20 I think, so well above the lowest end of normal range (18.5).

Geekster1963 Fri 14-Sep-18 22:26:22

Gablexy yes my target was the lowest they would allow me to go and that was a BMI of 20.

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