What is the Body Mass Index (BMI)?


Body mass index, or BMI, is the most widely-used measurement to determine ideal weight for a given height. When starting any exercise program, it is a good idea to find out where you stand with regards to your weight and overall health.

The BMI calculation is a simple and effective starting point from which to set your health goals. Weight in kilograms is divided by height in meters squared. The equation appears as weight (kg) / height (m) ². So, if your weight is sixty kilograms and you are 5.2 m tall, your BMI would be 60 divided by (5.2 x 5.2), or 60 divided by 27.04, which equals 22.18. A BMI of eighteen-and-one-half to 24.9 is considered to be a healthy range. A person with a BMI of twenty-five to 29.9 is overweight, and someone with a BMI of 30 or more is obese, according to the BMI standards. You can determine your own BMI using this formula or there are many charts out there that you can access on the internet.

Whether you are healthy, overweight, or obese, your immediate plan should be to recognize your starting point and to determine where it is you want to see yourself end up.

If you are currently overweight, your objective should be to get into the healthy range. Once in the healthy range the goal will be to get to lean. You should to track your progress as the weeks go by in terms of BFPs. Don't be obsessed with these measurements and your BMI, but you definitely need to be aware of where you stand. Measure your body fat yourself once each week for the next eight weeks, and you will see the undeniable results of a proper diet and training regimen.

I fully expect you will be surprised by the impressive results you will witness in such a short period of time!

Source by Christopher York


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