When discussing health and our bodies, one of the most common acronyms we hear from doctors and nutritionist is BMI, but what exactly does BMI mean?
BMI stands for Body Mass Index - it’s the easiest way to calculate your over-all body composition and figure out if you’re at a healthy weight. To calculate BMI you take your weight in pounds multiplied by 703 and then divide that number by your height in inches, or look at the chart below.
A BMI that is less than 18.5 is considered under weight, 18.5 to 24.9 is normal, 25 to 29.9 is overweight, and over 30 is considered obese. Your doctor uses BMI to identify how likely you are to develop certain diseases. Over 50 diseases are attached to being over weight. We talked about some of them in a previous blog post linked here.
BMI can be helpful because it can alert you to an issue before it becomes a serious health problem. Many people ignore a weight problem until it’s too late and a serious condition shows itself. Once that happens many doctors will turn immediately to medications. The Ideal Protein Protocol was developed by a doctor who believed that the first step to treat weight linked illnesses was through a diet protocol. Food is often the cause of the problem, and at Ideally You we think it should be part of the solution.
Our Ideal Smart scale measures your BMI and tracks it for you. It also measures you body fat percentage, which is the actual percentage of fat in your body. We use a combination of both to make sure our dieters are reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight. BMI is a great way to measure health for most people, however it’s not an accurate representation of health for everyone (athletes for example) which is why at Ideally You we have a health coach that uses both body fat percentage and BMI to help you decide what the right path is for you.