Calculating Your BMI

If you are trying to increase your health and sculpt a more fit and shapely body, there are many things you will want to monitor.  For example, you will want to take your weight on a regular basis in order to see if you are losing or gaining weight and you will also want to take measurements of different parts of your body, including your waist, your biceps and your thighs.  In addition to taking these measurements, however, another area you should measure is your Body Mass Index.

What is a Body Mass Index?

A Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a measurement of your weight in comparison to your height.  With the help of the BMI, you can determine whether or not your weight is a healthy weight for someone of your height.  Of course, there are many factors that can impact your weight, such as having an excessive amount of muscle mass.  Therefore, measuring your BMI is not the end all, tell all of whether or not you are overweight.  Nonetheless, it is another piece of your health puzzle that you should keep in mind when monitoring your progress.

How Do I Calculate My BMI?

Calculating your BMI is a fairly simple process.  Basically, you use the following formula to calculate your BMI:

Your Weight x 705 / Your Height / Your Height

It is helpful to look at an example in order to better understand this formula.  Let’s say you weigh 135 pounds and you are 5’4″ tall.  Your height, in inches, would be 64″.  Therefore, you would first multiply your weight (135) times 705.  You would then divide that answer (95,175) by your height (64) and you would then divide that answer (1487.109375) by 64 once again.  As a result, your BMI would be 23.236084.  When rounded, your BMI would be 23.

What Do BMI Calculations Mean?

Once you have determined your BMI, you can then compare your personal BMI to the following chart:

· 18.5 or less = Underweight
· 18.5 to 24.9 = Normal
· 25.0 to 29.9 = Overweight
· 30.0 or more = Obese

Of course, it is important to remember that your BMI does not take things into account such as your muscle mass, your gender, your age or your level of fitness.  Nonetheless, it is a good figure to keep in mind and can be beneficial when it comes to determining your target weight.