BMI or Body Mass Index is a good measure of whether you are at a healthy weight. Even though you may consider yourself just a little overweight, you may BMI actually put you in the unhealthy obese category based on your height and weight. Instead of focusing on losing a certain number of pounds, set BMI to set realistic weight loss goals
. . Calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index) using the formula found in the link section below. You can also use one of the many online BMI calculators.
Now that you have your BMI use the number to compare what weight category you fit in. A BMI below 18.5 is considered underweight. A Body Mass Index between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal weight. A BMI of 24.9 to 29.9 is considered overweight. Anything above 30.0 is overweight. You can also see the figure to the left to see what weight category you fit into according to BMI.
If your BMI puts you in the underweight category you may not be getting enough calories. Continue to eat healthy but make sure you do not hurt your body by not taking in enough nutrients.
If you are in “Normal BMI” weight group you have the perfect amount of fat for you height and weight. Continue to exercise and eat as you are to maintain your BMI.
If you are in the category of overweight according to the Body Mass Index you have to work to bring down your BMI. Although you can not “see” overweight amount of fat you store is too high for your growth. Set a goal to get your BMI down to “normal” series. Recalculate your BMI with different weights to find out exactly how much weight you need to lose to do it. If you need to lose 10 pounds to get into the normal range gain 10 pounds your goals over the next three months. If you make an unrealistic goal you will feel discouraged when you do not meet it. Concentrate on getting a lower BMI category rather than the number of pounds you need to lose. Once you make it to normal working hard to maintain this healthy weight.
BMI puts sometimes people in “obese” category who never considered himself anything more than a little overweight. This in itself may be enough motivation to get you back to a healthy weight. Calculate your BMI several times to find out how much weight you need to lose to get into the “overweight” category. This should be your first weight loss goal. Start by eating more healthily, exercising on a daily basis, stop smoking and avoid alcohol. Once you have come to overweight BMI class press until you reach the normal range. Instead of watching the pounds on the scale using the BMI chart in Step 2 to measure your progress.