It let's you know how much lean mass you carry along with body fat. There is a difference between overweigth and over fat. I would be considered overweight according to the medical standards but I am not over weight. I weigh 220 but I am athletic. So it is a good tool to have if you are really trying to change your body
It doesn't have a real purpose. Calculating body fat percentage is what you need to do. Muscle tissue mass vs fat tissue mass. Typical tests are body fat calipers, scales that used electric impulses to measure various masses and the most accurate is Hydrostatic testing which can be expensive but is the best way to gain accurate results.
Most people think BMI tells you about bodyfat when in fact the BMI measure simply tells you about the relationship between your height and your weight, it does not take body composition into consideration. The problem with this is that if you are muscular then you will weigh heavy and have a high BMI which would indicate that you are at risk of certain medical conditions.
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by AngelTrader 5 years ago
How accurate is a Body Mass Index (BMI) reading?I only ask as according to the one I have just done I am overweight bordering obese! Frankly I found the results humorous as I am 46, six feet tall and around 95kgs. I do yoga four times a week, each class an hour and a half, cycle twice a week, avoid...
by InfoFinder 6 years ago
What is BMI and why is it important?
by Geoff Lord 8 years ago
what is a bmi calculator ?
by Fritz Isaacs 5 years ago
How to calculate BMI?How do you calculate BMI or body mass index?
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