The Real Truth About BMI
You can’t turn on a tv or radio these days where the subject is on weight loss or body fat when the subject of BMI comes up. It drives me absolutely crazy! Before I get into my take on BMI and why it is not a true and accurate measure of overall health, let’s define what it is exactly.
BMI stands for Body Mass Index. Basically it is a calculation between your height and weight. It gives you a score which “brands” you into 4 categories:
- Underweight = < 18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
- Overweight = 25-29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
I’m 5′7″ and 160lbs, so based on the BMI calculator I am overweight! The problem with this calculation is that I am 6% body fat which means I have 150 lbs of muscle and 10lbs of fat. You see the problem here!
BMI does not take into consideration your muscle mass. We all know that muscle weighs more than fat which throws the BMI calculation outta whack. So the next time someone quotes their BMI, feel free to laugh out loud!
In my opinion, a much more accurate measure of overall health is the body fat calculation. I will talk more about this in the members area, and go into more specific details on how you can measure your body fat at home, steps you can take to decrease your bodyfat and what body fat percentage you need to be at in order to see your abs!