Happy Friday! Today’s tip is about how to calculate BMI but first we need to answer the question, “What is BMI?”
BMI stands for Body Mass Index. According to the CDC, the BMI is the number calculated from a person’s weight and height and provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
It doesn’t really measure actual percentage of body fat it just helps to determine a healthy body weight.
Today’s Tip: How to calculate BMI
Use this BMI calculator to determine your BMI (Body Mass Index). This calculator can be used by both women and men but there are different calculations for children. Here’s what the numbers stand for on the body mass index chart.
Below 18.5 – means you are underweight
18.5-24.9 – means you are normal weight
25.0-29.9 – means you are overweight
30.0 and above – means you are obese
I know I’m in the obese category but I wish I would have known how to calculate BMI BEFORE I started my new lifestyle to see how much has changed over the past few years. Being obese is a scary thing because you are at risk for serious conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and more. However it really depends on the person if the calculations even work because sometimes you could have a high BMI but be healthy if you are athletic or you could have a decent BMI number but nutrition wise things are not so good.
Looks like my BMI is 37.8 YIKES! Once I get to my goal weight of 140, I’ll be in the normal range. Gotta keep going.