Is there an accurate way to tell whether you're at your ideal weight level? The answer is yes -- and that method is what we call the BMI. It's a general measure to see whether a person is overweight, underweight, obese, or at a healthy weight. Here's how to find out your own BMI.
BMI actually stands for Body Mass Index. It's not a measurement of how much body fat you have on -- it just tells you whether your weight is at a healthy range for a person of your height. When you know your BMI value, you'll have an idea of what you need to do to stay healthy.
Your BMI value comes in the form of a number. The higher the value, the more weight you have for your height. The lower the value, the less weight you have -- which, by the way, isn't healthy either! The idea is to adjust your weight slowly to achieve a BMI you're comfortable with.
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Next, get your height in meters. Again, if you're not sure about your height in meters, simply take your height in inches, and then divide it by 40. Once you get your height in meters, multiply it by itself. (In geek-speak, square it.) And take note of the resulting number.
To get your BMI, divide your weight in kilograms with the square of your height in meters. When you get a value between 15 and 50, then you're likely on the right track.
If your BMI value is between 18.5 and 25, then congratulations -- you're in what many experts claim to be the ideal range. It's likely you're in good health. Your goal should be to stay in the healthy BMI range.
If your BMI value is less than 18.5, then you're underweight. You're likely a bit skinny for your height, and that can put your health at some risk. Underweight individuals are somewhat more prone to sickness, so it's your job to steadily gain weight and raise your BMI value above 18.5.
So what other problems will you have when being underweight?
When you are underweight your body is not getting enough calories. This lack of vitamins and minerals may cause following health issues:
If your BMI value is between 25-30, it means you're overweight -- and you may want to lose a bit of the flab for your own good. If your BMI value is between 30 and 40, then you're classified as obese -- and if over 40, you're morbidly obese! It's time to seriously find a way to lose all that extra weight -- you're putting your life in danger of many lethal diseases.
What's your BMI? What do you need to do to stay healthy? Calculate it now!