Body Mass Index, also known as BMI, is a factor that can tell you, or your doctor about your overall health. The original BMI calculation relies solely on height and weight measurements. More information on this calculation are available at: http: // www. eHow. com / how-does_5008269_how-bmi Calculated-manually. html. One thing that standard BMI calculation does not take into consideration is the type of fat cells you have. The two main types of fat is subcutaneous fat, which is the fat contained just under the skin, such as our love handles, and visceral fat, which is contained deep within the abdominal cavity. Visceral fat has a greater impact on your overall health than subcutaneous fat does and affects the function of the liver (increases the likelihood of diabetes), heart (increasing the likelihood of heart disease) and lungs (increases the likelihood of lung problems). Calculating BMI using waist method will give you more information about the type of fat cells that you have
MirrorWashable marker (optional) Measuring tape (cloth or plastic) PaperPencilCalculator (optional)
How to Calculate BMI in waist
The first step is to find your natural waist. With no clothes or minimal clothes, standing upright in front of a mirror and then bend to the side. The pressure formed on your side is where your natural waist is located. Mark this with your finger or with a washable marker. It is much easier to do this standing in front of a mirror, but it’s not necessary. A good resource to help you find your natural waist is located at: http: // www. eHow. com / how_2307504_measure-waist. html.
Take the tape measure and wrap it around your natural waist, identified in Step 1. Hold the tape measure level as it goes around your waist, it is easy for it to droop in the back. Pull the tape measure snugly around your waist. It should fit like a comfortable waistband on an article of clothing. Note this measurement, in inches, of the paper.
Next you need to identify the widest part of your hips. With no clothes or minimal clothes, standing upright in front of a mirror and identify the widest part of the hip area, usually anywhere from just below the navel to mid-thigh. In most people, it will include the buttocks. Mark this with your finger or washable marker. A good resource to help you measure your hips are located at: http: // www. eHow. com / how_2303638_measure-hips. html
Take the tape measure and wrap it. . around the hips, identified in Step 3. Hold the tape measure level as it goes around your hips, making sure it does not hang in the back. Pull the tape measure snugly around your hips. Do not pull the tape measure so tight that it presses into your skin. Note this measurement, in inches, of the paper.
To calculate the waist-hip ratio, also known as WHR, divide your waist measurement by hip measurement. For example:
Waist: 32 “
Hips: 38 “
BMI waist to hip ratio = 32 “/ 38”
BMI waist to hip ratio = 0.842105263
. 0. 84 waist to hip ratio for this example.
Watch out hip to hip ratio in the chart below to learn more about your overall health.
Male Female Health risk based on WHR
. 95 or less. 80 or lessLow risk of visceral fat
0. 96 to 1. 0. 81 to 0. 85 Moderate risk of visceral fat
Greater than 1. 1Greater than 0,86 High risk of visceral fat
Tips and Warnings
If you are wearing clothes while taking these measurements, make sure they are not bulky. It may be helpful to have someone else take your measurements to make sure the tape measure is level.
If you have health concerns, talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program or a diet plan.