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Are you Overweight? Use the BMI to find your ideal weight

January 6th, 2014 | Posted by nikki in Blog

What is your ideal weight? Don’t look to the unrealistic and healthy examples set by the fashion and beauty industry for inspiration on your ideal weight. Instead you need to find the perfect percentage of body fat to ensure a healthy figure.

Nutrition has a profound effect on your health. If you are getting too few nutrients and not eating enough, you can suffer from kidney problems, bone density issues, poor immunity and premature aging. Eating too many calories can result in obesity which has an equally negative effect on health and results in diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol and blood pressure issues.

You need to find the weight that suits your height and provides you with a healthy, attainable target that you can strive towards. The best way to find the body fat percentage that will result in your idea weight is to utilize the body mass index or BMI.

The BMI index works as follows:

  • Underweight: Below 18.5
  • Normal: 18.5-25
  • Overweight: 25-30
  • Obese: Above 30

Use calipers to measure you by clamping folds of skin on various places on your body. You can also use bioelectrical impedance which is a more accurate measure of your body fat. Here an electrical current is run through the body and the speed with which is moves indicates the amount of fat in the body. These are a feature on high end bathroom scales.

Once you know your BMI, you can more accurately determine your idea weight using the BMI index below:

Men Body Fat Percentages:

  • Ages 20-39: 8% to 19%
  • Ages 40-59: 11% to 21%
  • Ages 60-79: 13% to 24%

Women Body Fat Percentages:

  • Ages 20-39: 21% to 32%
  • Ages 40-59: 23% to 33%
  • Ages 60-79: 24% to 35%

Get both calipers and high end bathroom scales from Healthcheck Systems.com

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