The Unrepentant Individual

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January 17, 2008

40 Points A Day

So, the wife and I decided to join Weight Watchers, as we’re both far beyond our ideals. I’d like to lose 35-45 pounds (I’m at 265 now), and I’m not sure how much she wants to lose (I’ve never asked her what she weighs– I’m not an idiot, after all!) But we both need to make some improvements in eating habits and lifestyle, and weight watchers seems like a good way to keep ahead of the curve here.

But I saw the “target” that they’ve defined for me, and I think it’s a bunch of bullshit. I’m 6′5″ and I come from a long line of Eastern European descent… A land where the men are men and the women are too. Yet they want to see me shrink down to the 190-210 lb range.

I’ve posted before about how BMI is a crock for people of my body type, and I think this is no exception. I’d love to be under 220 lbs at my current level of muscle mass, and if I were to actually exercise regularly, my body could easily carry more weight than that and still be quite healthy and within optimal weight. But under 210? I don’t think I could even get there at this point.

I think back to where I was at the age of 18, getting out of high school. At the time, I had been studying martial arts for 6 years, training several days a week. I was in the best shape of my life, and even then, an 18-year-old does not have the muscle development of a real “adult”, that usually comes over the next 3-6 years. I was at my leanest and strongest I’ve probably ever been, and at 18 years old I weighed 225 lbs.

I actually bucked the trend of the “freshman 15″ in college. I lost weight throughout college, despite eating quite a bit and drinking a lot of beer, because I was losing muscle mass. When I left college, I was also very skinny, and yet hovered in the 210-215 lb range. I can’t imagine living under 210 lbs at this point. I’m overweight, but I’m not a fat man, and I’m not sure I could drop to under 210 lbs at my current muscle mass level without being at an absurdly low body fat percentage.

So I’m going to see how I can do with this whole Weight Watchers thing. My soft goal is to get under 230, and when I make it there, I’ll try to push for the 220 mark. But I don’t intend to attempt to get under 210. Once I hit 220, I’d like to start rebuilding that muscle mass and get to a proper weight on my frame.

I did begin a new post category though, and I’ll be periodically tracking my progress.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:10 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || Trackback URL || Categories: Personal Life, Science, Weight Loss


  1. Of the weight management systems I’m aware of, Weight Watchers is the one I respect most. Their system seems to be one based more on moderation and not of short term and drastic dietary changes. My sister-in-law has lost over 90 lbs, though, I should note that she has also started running in addition to staying on the WW program. Good luck!

    Comment by Jeremy — January 18, 2008 @ 5:39 am
  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Jeremy. I’ve also heard from many people that it’s a good program, so I think I’ll do alright.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — January 18, 2008 @ 8:06 am
  3. Brad I amaze to know that, you pretty good knowledge about your body weight and health condition. Though I going to gym for two years now I’m not that much great in aware about how I weight. Thanks for the inspiration..

    Comment by John — January 19, 2008 @ 5:33 am
  4. Brad,

    I know that you know that BMI is a crock, so if you go to and create a login, there is a decent body fat calculator on there. You’ll need a seamstress tape in order to accurately measure your waist and wrist. It may not be the best way to measure body fat, but it gives you a much better idea of where you’re at than BMI.

    Comment by Nick M. — January 20, 2008 @ 1:27 pm
  5. Nick,

    I found another similar body fat calculator online, which I’m planning to use once I get a hold of a tape measure.

    It seems like a much more useful way to know where I personally stand than BMI.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — January 21, 2008 @ 8:38 am
  6. Brad, Weight watchers is a wonderful plan and it is pretty easy to use as you change your eating lifestyle. You know your body pretty well, go for what makes you feel the healthyist. With you and your wife both on the eating plan, you should do well. Good luck to the both of you.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — January 23, 2008 @ 8:25 am

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