Tuesday, April 10, 2012

In which I empathize with Biggest Loser contestants

One of the things I like about Biggest Loser is watching the contestants hit major milestones. Whether it's a certain total weight loss, or simply crossing a weight threshold, the joy the contestants evince is motivational. Even more compelling are those moments when a contestant comes up just short of a goal. The anticipation of "Today's the day!!" followed by the frustration of just missing out is captivating.

Well, today was one of those days for me. As I've mentioned before, my current target weight is 170, but I've been secretly longing for the day when I break the 180 barrier, and my weight simply starts with 179, even if it's 179.9. I haven't been below 180 in longer than I care to remember.

After two weeks or so of plateau, hovering right around 185, I got serious about the diet again and started trending downward. I was feeling really good that today would be the day I broke that barrier.

I stepped on the scale this morning and felt that little pang of disappointment as I weighed in at 180.4. I was half a pound away from my milestone.

As frustrating as it was, though, there is still a great sense of achievement in knowing that I've dropped 25 pounds or so the last 9 weeks, and I'm only 10 pounds away from my goal.

Oh, and as a side note to the makers of the BMI: I am really frustrated with you guys. According to the BMI calculator, for my height I have to get below 155 pounds to be in the "normal" category. I haven't seen that weight since my freshman year at Texas A&M. I don't think losing a total of 50 pounds is in the cards for me, but we'll see.


  1. BMI completely ignores body composition, so what is considered normal or healthy by its standards can often be...off. I am 5'8" and in the process of getting down to a healthy weight. According to BMI, this would be 145-165lbs, even though based on body composition at my current weight, to be in that weight range I would have been essentially anorexic and/or lose 10-25 pounds of muscle mass that I already have. Body fat percentage is a much more useful (and sane, in my opinion) way of figuring out a healthy weight.