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BMI For Women

Updated on January 20, 2015
Women With Different Body Mass Index
Women With Different Body Mass Index

What Is BMI?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index and is a measure of body fat. BMI is calculated by taking your weight (in kilograms) and dividing by your height squared (in square meters). This is how you can determine whether someone is too light, too heavy, or just the right weight.

Body mass index is a numerical assessment of nutritional status of the person or body fatness adult human and is a good tool for assessing health risks such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes 2, because the higher the BMI is, the greater the risk is.

Normal BMI for adult women and also men is from 18.5 to 24.9.

Body Mass Index Equation
Body Mass Index Equation

Example Of Calculation:

If your body weight is 69 kg and you are 172 cm tall..

BMI = 69kg / (1,72m x 1,72m) = 69kg / 2,9584m2 = 23,3

This value means that such a person has a normal weight.

Classification of nutritional status
Less than 18.5
Normal nutritional status (normal weight)
From 18.5 to 25
Over-nutrition (overweight)
From 25 to 30
More than 30

How much is your BMI?

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Body Mass Index Chart

BMI Chart
BMI Chart

Usability And Deficiencies Of Body Mass Index

Body mass index is the most useful in examining the effect of body weight on the health of the population. But it has some very significant limitations in the classification of individuals. One of the main shortcomings of the body mass index is a disregard of body composition.

If someone is according to calculated value of BMI, too smooth does not mean that it is too skinny equally if someone is according to calculated value of BMI, too heavy does not mean that it is too thick.

  • Using body mass index is highly questionable in athletes.
    Example: The athlete, who has 96 kg and is 189 cm tall has a BMI 26.9 which places it among people who are overweight even though it has only about 10% body fat.
  • The situation is similar with persons who have a mesomorph body type (reminiscent born sportsman). These are people who have a narrow waist, compact hips and broad shoulders. Typically for them is fast and effective muscle gain, but when they gain weight in the form of fat - the fat uniformly spread throughout the body.
  • It can also be a problem in older people due to a decrease of muscle and bone mass,and proportional increase of fat tissue that shows BMI within the normal range.
  • This also applies to the people who are stick to the speed and improper dieting withwhich they lose only water and muscle mass while the most important thing, body fat remained almost unchanged.

How To Improve Your Body Mass Index

Decreasing your BMI
So if you want to burn calories and get rid of excess fat Read on for some tips on how you can do this. First, consider how your meal looks quantified. If you eat big portions then try reducing the portions, even if you eat a little less you will not be hungry. Portion supposed to be a handful of protein and carbohydrates and half a plate of lettuce or vegetable . Avoid drinking sugary and carbonated drinks and alcohol.

Eat more fruits and vegetables and foods that increase metabolic rate, food that is rich in antioxidants. Avoid sweets, eat prgrizke such as dried fruit. But most importantly for you is to Exercise and get your body moving. To lose weight, it is recommended to do more than 10 000 steps per day (you can buy a device that measures steps). To burn excess fat you need to do cardio at least three times a week for half an hour (running, aerobics, zumba, fast walking, cycling, ...). If you want to gain more muscle mass after the workout exercises to turn on the power (push-ups, sit-ups, fitness, ...).

Increasing your BMI
If you want to increase your BMI increase your calorie intake and eat more carbohydrates, protein, healthy oil. Eat regular meals and during your meals eat snacks such as nuts, which are high in calories but few of those bad fats. You can do exercises to gain muscle mass, but be careful that you do not work cardio and therefore burn too many calories.


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