For me to begin looking sickly skinny, I need to get under 175 pounds. For my friend, who is also 5'10, he looks fine so long as he's above 140. In fact, he looked kind of buff when he was working out and got up to 160.
I don't know how this works, but that's just how it is. I used to feel bad about this. The fact that I was so bulky -- around 200 if I'm not being too strict on my diet or exercise -- made me feel like those mammoths and dinosaurs. A serious strain on the environment.
So I took precautions. Drove a comically small car. Cut back on meat. Always bought energy efficient electronics. Yet, it wasn't until I lived with my friend when I realized maybe I didn't need to feel so bad.
It turns out that although I was about a third heavier than him, he and I ate the same amount of food. And so that was one thing. That made me think that oh maybe I am bulky but still not killing the earth. But that feeling didn't last for too long. Eventually, I began thinking that, hey why should I be living life around 200 pounds? I can do without some of this mass. Why kill the planet?
Since then, I've cut down to 1200 calories a day. I didn't want to adopt an unhealthy lifestyle, and it turns out 1200 calories is the minimum that many world health related organizations recommend as a minimum calorie intake for a man.
Since then, I've gotten down to about 179. Almost sickly skinny.