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 Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

 02-19-09, 05:37 PM #1 MattMoore Junior Member Thread Starter   Join Date: Feb 2009 Bikes: Posts: 10 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) Calculating Your Ideal Weight? Hey everyone, As part of my weight loss plans I was keen to now how my body was made up. I went to see someone with a fancy weighing scale that gave me all kinds of numbers. I'm just trying to work out at the moment what my ideal weight would be? Here are the numbers, Height 6'1" Current weight 323lbs Bone mass 9lbs Muscle Mass 196lbs Bodyfat 36.4% Now from the sites I've looked at, they suggest a body fat of between 18-25% as being healthy, and from 14-17% as being reasonably athletic. With this in mind, what's my ideal weight if I wanted 18% body fat? Thanks Matt
 02-19-09, 05:49 PM #2 Tom Stormcrowe Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.     Join Date: Mar 2006 Location: South Florida Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike Posts: 16,128 Mentioned: 1 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) A range: Medical recommendation: ~189# 249 was the highest one calculated here: http://www.halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm __________________ . “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
 02-19-09, 05:53 PM #3 VA_Esquire Senior Member     Join Date: Nov 2008 Location: Hampton, VA Bikes: Posts: 2,359 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) Im probably completely off, but I would say if you want the SAME muscle mass you would: bone mass + muscle mass = weight + 18% = ideal weight 9 + 196 = 205+ 18% (37lb.) = 242lb.
 02-19-09, 06:04 PM #5 JoelS Senior Member   Join Date: Jun 2008 Location: Near Sacramento Bikes: Posts: 4,890 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 2 Post(s) Ideal? That's a highly subjective number. Ask 10 people, you'll get 10 answers. My suggestion is to continue on your current plan and you're weight will stabilize at some point. Take stock then and decide if you want to make changes and lose more weight, or if you're happy there. __________________ ------- Some sort of pithy irrelevant one-liner should go here.
 02-19-09, 06:16 PM #6 VA_Esquire Senior Member     Join Date: Nov 2008 Location: Hampton, VA Bikes: Posts: 2,359 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) No. you MUST be 170lb. you DO want to be Ideal righhhtttt??
 02-19-09, 10:39 PM #7 Richard_Rides Banned   Join Date: Jun 2002 Location: Santa Clarita, CA Bikes: Posts: 1,371 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) When your performance on the bike levels off, you'll be at your correct weight. Don't fixate on weight, focus on the bike. If you take care of the bike, the bike will take care of you.
 02-19-09, 11:26 PM #8 nkfrench  Senior Member     Join Date: Aug 2008 Location: Fort Worth, TX Bikes: 2006 Specialized Ruby Pro aka "Rhubarb" / and a backup road bike Posts: 1,838 Mentioned: 1 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) Most probably you will lose muscle in addition to bodyfat despite weightlifting. Being lighter, you won't need 196# muscle mass just for daily activites / getting around.