Thursday 12 December 2013

What exactly is BMI?

Have you ever wondered, what the flip is BMI?
What does it have to do with me?
How important is it?
Well, it's a guide used to find out if your body weight is within 'normal' limits.
It's actually a ratio of height to weight. For example, if you are a very tall person, you naturally should weigh more than a really little person.
The first time I joined a weight loss group, there was this really dumpy lady getting on the scales very upset that she was stuck on weighing 8 stone. I dreamed of being 8 stone. What I hadn't taken into account is that she was half the height of me!
So your BMI (Body Mass Index) is made up of the ration of your weight and height - so hop on over to the App Store and get yourself a free BMI checker and find out.
It will tell you on there the numbers for being underweight/overweight/obese/morbidly obese etc but there is one area which I have found inconsistent. This is the area to which you become underweight.
Some make it 18.5 some make it 20. Personally, I've been at 21 and I felt I wouldn't feel unhealthy or look underweight at 18.5 so I guess it really depends on you and your shape and of course how you feel.
I'm all for listening to within your body.
So lets say 18.5 - 25 is healthy
25-30 is overweight
30-35 is obese and it goes up from there to scary words mentioned.
So face the music, have a quick download and see what you are up against.
Remember it seems like a long road ahead if you are in the higher numbers. Just losing 10% of your body weight seriously increases your chance of living a longer, more healthy life. You notice there, I don't like to mention the negative words. I'm all for thinking with postive language and this is definitely a problem area within the weight loss industry. There is so much negativity bounced around.
Good luck and feel free to let me know how you get on, my door is always open

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