I still say you're doing this shit for the wrong reasons U. I would say use an calorie calculator to find your daily caloric needs and a bmi calculator to get yourself into a healthy body fat percentage for your height. You also have to take into account your unique body composition. I imagine if you worked out more you would tend more towards a muscular build than a leaner one so you could afford to be in a slightly higher range on BMI. As for being attractive, just maintain a level of fitness that gets a response from the women you find attractive. You have fairly high standards, so this means you may be shooting for an athletic build for yourself which in a man 10% body fat would be around that level.
I think the idea of diligently counting every calorie that goes into your body is silly and pointless.
Here's how you do it...
The more exercise you do, the more you can eat, and vice versa. Just use logic and don't eat too much junk food if you're interested in slimming down a bit.
IMO, you look fine, but if you want to lose weight, that's fine too. Do whatever makes you happy, but try not to obsess over it.
From your picture, I can't tell about your weight because the T-shirt is baggy. I think people are right that you look like you could have a lot of muscle if working out. You do have an intimidating look in that picture, and you look a lot different than when you made that silly video singing a goofy song where you look like Jayne from Firefly.
Originally Posted by The Ü
It's strange because after I work out and look in the mirror, I have trouble determining whether I objectively look better or if my mind is just telling me I do.
Probably the only "objective" aspect of appearance is health, so working out will just gradually make you healthier.
It has always been a source of fascination to me how people perceive their own appearance and how that influences the perception of others. It doesn't seem to be tied to how they actually look. I have seen many homely people who think they are really attractive and beautiful people who think they are ugly. It really is a mystery how irrational the mind can be about these things. It has always bothered me because I'd like to have objective evaluations of myself, but find that is one of the hardest areas to think clearly. My impression is that self-image has a great deal to do with emotional development and how parent and peers treated us when young and impressionable. It is not clear to me how much we can alter those emotional imprints, but improving health is always a good thing, so that makes sense as the best place to start.
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Weight is less important than BMI, (Body Mass Index). BMI is a measurement of body fat as a percentage.
If you're looking to be more visually attractive it will likely require intense exercising. And exercising can change body composition.
To avoid frustration with scales and lbs. (which can vary with salt intake etc.) I'd suggest a good scale with BMI measurement. That way you know how much fat there is/can decide how much more to take off as you watch your progress.
Um, BMI is an estimation of your body fat percentage based on weight and height, so really the only thing you'd be monitoring if you focused on that IS weight. Also, you don't need a scale that calculates BMI...all you need is a scale that measures weight, and then you can plug that into any of the thousands of free BMI calculators on the internet (or, better yet, learn the formula and make your own in Excel or something simple.)
There are ways to measure body fat percentage independent of weight, but BMI is not one of them.