Many people find themselves too thick or too thin. But how do you know what is a healthy weight for you? The so-called Body Mass Index indicates whether you have a healthy weight or whether you are underweight or overweight. All you need to know is your weight in kilograms and your height in meters. Other methods to measure whether you have a healthy weight are measuring waist circumference and the percentage of body fat.
Body Mass Index
Example, you are 1.78 meters tall and 70 kilograms, then your BMI is 70 / (1.78 * 1.78) = 22.09. To know if your BMI falls into the category of healthy you can look in the table. A BMI between 18.5 and 25 is a healthy weight. This method is only suitable for adults.
< 18.5 = Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 = Normal weight
25 – 29.9 = Overweight
30 > = Obese
21.75 = Ideal weight
First of all, you have a healthy weight when you feel yourself comfortable with your own body. Not everyone is the same and the BMI is based on an average person. For example, suppose you have lots of muscle and almost no fat. Yet you will then fall in the obese category based on your BMI and be advised to lose weight. That while you're not fat and you live on a healthy diet. You should always ask yourself whether you are happy about yourself and if you are healthy. The same applies to people who are very skinny but still eat enough.
A measurement of body fat is more complicated but a better way to know if you have a healthy weight. This can be measured by making use of a fat meter. Use This you can buy yourself but most gyms have a body fat meter and also at the doctor or dietitian it can be accurately measured. Women generally have a higher percentage of fat than men. Simply because the woman needs a spare when she is pregnant. In the table you can see your ideal body fat percentage. A deviation of 5 % more or less brings no health risks with it.
Age ==== Man ==== Woman
17-29 ==== 15% ==== 25%
30-39 ==== 17% ==== 27%
40+ ==== 20% ==== 30%
The amount of fat is a good indication of the health risks. You measure your waist circumference at the smallest part of your body between your lower ribs and your hip. To determine whether there are any health risks you can look in the table.
Waist circumference (cm) = Man ==== Woman
No risk ================= <94 ===== <80
Little rish ============ 94-102 ==== 80-88
High risk ============== 102> ===== 88>
When both BMI and waist circumference are labeled as healthy, you may assume that you have a healthy weight and few health risks unless there are exceptional circumstances.
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