Ideally, only weight cannot determine how fit and healthy you are. There are many more parameters, of which BMI, Body Mass Index, is one of them. It is advisable to have a BMI in the normal range so as to avoid any diseases or future discomforts.
What is BMI?
According to Wikipedia, “Body Mass Index is a measure for human body shape based on an individual’s mass and height.
How to calculate BMI ?
Simple formula to derive BMI is –
How To Calculate Ideal Body Weight Using BMI
Healthy BMI : 19 to 22.9 kg/m2
Overweight : 23 to 25 kg/m2
Obese : 25 and above
How To Achieve a Healthy BMI
To achieve healthy BMI you need to balance your weight with diet and exercise.
BMI< Calculated Value: If your BMI is less than the value calculated above then you lie in Underweight Category. Lack of nutrition and an inactive lifestyle are primary causes of being underweight.
Healthy and balanced diet is the key solution here. Do not skip meals, opt for 3 to 5 meals, take adequate rest and consult a nutritionist to avoid mineral and vitamin deficiencies.
Warning: To gain weight DO NOT opt for unhealthy junk food; gain healthy weight.
BM = Calculated Value: Congratulations! You are on right track. To continue staying in good health be consistent with physical activity. Make sure the amount of calories you intake are equal to those you burn. So, exercise at least three times a week and balance your diet accordingly. Trust me maintaining your ideal weight is tougher than losing weight, so do not lose focus.
BMI > Calculated Value: If your BMI is more than the calculated Value then you lie in Overweight or Obese Category. You are on a heavier side which is bad for you. Excess weight puts you at increased risk of heart diseases, stroke and type-2 diabetes.
It is time to take action; get an appointment with nutritionist at the earliest. Start by walking or running on your own or consult a fitness professional at the gym and maintain a food diary to be careful of what and how much you eat. Strike a balance between calories consumed and calories burnt. BMI is just a pointer towards your unhealthy lifestyle which you need to change at the earliest.
Once you done with calculation of your BMI and are aware what needs to be done to obtain a healthy BMI, it will help you a lot in future.. If you do not pay attention to it or are them take it easily it will pose problem for you in future so go ahead and WORK FOR YOUR BODY.