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Do you really care about your weight?


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Im not over concerned but I deffo' want to act sooner before my genetics kick into dad's appearance, which is about 2 years tops.

I def' wanna look and keep fit though, helps my self esteem and makes me feel more good looking.

I'm 20, 6ft, 165 Lbs. (76 kg)

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Eh, I'll like to care about my weight/apperance but I'm just lazy...I will keep in shape for health reasons though: family had lots of heart problems.
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I'm underweight I guess, ain't even mad.
I just don't put on weight.


Same. I can't gain weight if I wanted to.


Translation: You overestimate how much you eat.

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I care a great deal about my weight. I never really used to until I went to college. Coming out of high school I was 6'4" 215 but a very small portion of that was fat because I was always lifting weights for hockey and tennis. During my freshman year I rarely worked out and as a result got up to nearly 240 lbs. It was embarrassing and I vowed I would never look like that again. I wanted to get a side tattoo covering my entire side (armpit to waist) and I used that as incentive to lose weight--I wasn't going to get it until I was completely fit again. I got that tattoo spring of '10 and to this day I haven't put a pound of my previous weight back on. Now I'm about 200 lbs which I haven't been since sophomore year of high school.

So, yes, I care greatly about my weight and probably will for the rest of my life.

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I'm underweight I guess, ain't even mad.
I just don't put on weight.


Same. I can't gain weight if I wanted to.


Translation: You overestimate how much you eat.


Not necessary, but sufficient.

Sometimes it's due to having very high metabolism - even eating 3,000 calories a day for a 6ft male with little exercise would not gain weight for them as they burn it at such a fast rate.

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I'm 5'7, 148 lbs :( . I do care a little about my weight, though. I feel kinda fat atm, damn need to start working out again!
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I'm underweight I guess, ain't even mad.
I just don't put on weight.


Same. I can't gain weight if I wanted to.


Translation: You overestimate how much you eat.


Not necessary, but sufficient.

Sometimes it's due to having very high metabolism - even eating 3,000 calories a day for a 6ft male with little exercise would not gain weight for them as they burn it at such a fast rate.


Someone who is 6 foot should weigh closer to 200 pounds, meaning they would need more calories just based on their weight alone. Someone who is underweight is underweight because they do not eat enough to even maintain a normal weight. When someone says high metabolism, it is 9 times out of 10 that they actually over estimate what they eat. Blaming it on genetics or metabolism is usually just an excuse

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I only care to a certain degree. Right now I'm hovering around 200lbs (my max was ~220). As long as I stay below 210, I'm fine with it. I've been overweight since grade 6, anyway.

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I'm underweight I guess, ain't even mad.
I just don't put on weight.


Same. I can't gain weight if I wanted to.


Translation: You overestimate how much you eat.


Not necessary, but sufficient.

Sometimes it's due to having very high metabolism - even eating 3,000 calories a day for a 6ft male with little exercise would not gain weight for them as they burn it at such a fast rate.


Someone who is 6 foot should weigh closer to 200 pounds, meaning they would need more calories just based on their weight alone. Someone who is underweight is underweight because they do not eat enough to even maintain a normal weight. When someone says high metabolism, it is 9 times out of 10 that they actually over estimate what they eat. Blaming it on genetics or metabolism is usually just an excuse

Is it really us skinny people overestimating how much we eat or the rest of the population underestimating?
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I have a BMI of 18.8, so while I would care if there was something wrong with it, I don't. (Note: Although 18.8 would probably be underweight for an adult, the normal BMI range is broader for teenagers and kids apparently).

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My BMI is like 20.8...hadn't calculated it in a while.

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Is it really us skinny people overestimating how much we eat or the rest of the population underestimating?


No, if everyone were underestimating how much they eat then everyone would be obese. If you're eating less than (minimum) 2000 calories a day, you aren't eating a healthy amount. It's simple, fuel in -> growth/weight gain, not enough fuel in -> no weight gain/growth.

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Is it really us skinny people overestimating how much we eat or the rest of the population underestimating?


No, if everyone were underestimating how much they eat then everyone would be obese. If you're eating less than (minimum) 2000 calories a day, you aren't eating a healthy amount. It's simple, fuel in -> growth/weight gain, not enough fuel in -> no weight gain/growth.


Subjective argument. A 250lb bodybuilder won't do very well on 2,000 calories, and 2,000 calories would make most toddlers fat. The figure varies quite a lot for varying body shapes and sizes

EDIT - Responding to the above quotes: Your assumptions aren't very well founded, and the statistics you present don't seem very plausible. How do you know that 9 times out of 10, someone claiming that they have high metabolism/genetic disorders related to eating are really just 'underestimating/overestimating how much they eat'?

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Is it really us skinny people overestimating how much we eat or the rest of the population underestimating?


No, if everyone were underestimating how much they eat then everyone would be obese. If you're eating less than (minimum) 2000 calories a day, you aren't eating a healthy amount. It's simple, fuel in -> growth/weight gain, not enough fuel in -> no weight gain/growth.


Subjective argument. A 250lb bodybuilder won't do very well on 2,000 calories, and 2,000 calories would make most toddlers fat. The figure varies quite a lot for varying body shapes and sizes


You are talking extremes. For an average person around 20, I'm assuming about 5'8", 2000 MINIMUM just to maintain. Of course, if you want to put on weight then you'd have to eat more. The general rule is bodyweight x 14 = calories you should eat a day to maintain. Of course, this doesn't work if you are very underweight (then 3k+ cals to put on weight in decent time), or very overweight.

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I wouldn't like to be fat nor skinny.

I'm 182cm on 82kg (about 180lbs), but i workout a few times per week, so it's not 10 extra kilos of crisps.
That being said, i'd rather weigh 110kg after some years in the gym than what i am now.

My current BMI is apperently 25 lol.

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I wouldn't like to be fat nor skinny.

I'm 182cm on 82kg (about 180lbs), but i workout a few times per week, so it's not 10 extra kilos of crisps.
That being said, i'd rather weigh 110kg after some years in the gym than what i am now.

My current BMI is apperently 25 lol.


Thing I don't like about BMI is that it can't really tell if the weight is muscle or fat. If you've got someone who's 5'8" and 200 pounds of muscle at 10% bf, then their BMI is going to be 30 (obese class 1)

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Is it really us skinny people overestimating how much we eat or the rest of the population underestimating?


No, if everyone were underestimating how much they eat then everyone would be obese. If you're eating less than (minimum) 2000 calories a day, you aren't eating a healthy amount. It's simple, fuel in -> growth/weight gain, not enough fuel in -> no weight gain/growth.


Subjective argument. A 250lb bodybuilder won't do very well on 2,000 calories, and 2,000 calories would make most toddlers fat. The figure varies quite a lot for varying body shapes and sizes


You are talking extremes. For an average person around 20, I'm assuming about 5'8", 2000 MINIMUM just to maintain. Of course, if you want to put on weight then you'd have to eat more. The general rule is bodyweight x 14 = calories you should eat a day to maintain. Of course, this doesn't work if you are very underweight (then 3k+ cals to put on weight in decent time), or very overweight.


I know I'm using more extreme figures, but I'm using them because they are more illustrative in demonstrating what I mean. Most humans don't vary that widely in terms of height, so it's mainly the ratio of muscle:fat that would determine metabolism.

It's proven that men in general burn more calories doing nothing than women, simply because men have a higher ratio of muscle in general. Believe it or not, a lot of people could indeed have 'high metabolism', but not to the extent which some people try and lead us to believe.

EDIT - I do agree that the BMI figure is misleading. 'Fitness' in general has a lot of criteria, such as weight/blood pressure/body fat percentage/height/diseases/infections etc. BMI alone means very little

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I know I'm using more extreme figures, but I'm using them because they are more illustrative in demonstrating what I mean. Most humans don't vary that widely in terms of height, so it's mainly the ratio of muscle:fat that would determine metabolism.

It's proven that men in general burn more calories doing nothing than women, simply because men have a higher ratio of muscle in general. Believe it or not, a lot of people could indeed have 'high metabolism', but not to the extent which some people try and lead us to believe.


The people who claim they can't gain weight and blame it on high metabolism just don't eat enough. People can have high metabolism, but people who say they can't gain weight because they have high metabolism never actually eat enough (and likely don't have high metabolism). If they haven't tried counting calories and eating 3k+ calories a day, they don't have high metabolism.

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I know I'm using more extreme figures, but I'm using them because they are more illustrative in demonstrating what I mean. Most humans don't vary that widely in terms of height, so it's mainly the ratio of muscle:fat that would determine metabolism.

It's proven that men in general burn more calories doing nothing than women, simply because men have a higher ratio of muscle in general. Believe it or not, a lot of people could indeed have 'high metabolism', but not to the extent which some people try and lead us to believe.


The people who claim they can't gain weight and blame it on high metabolism just don't eat enough. People can have high metabolism, but people who say they can't gain weight because they have high metabolism never actually eat enough (and likely don't have high metabolism).


I know that's what you're asserting, but why is it that it's not high metabolism? Has there been any known studies that show/prove this?




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