What is BMI?

What is BMI?

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What is BMI? It’s not one of those internet acronyms. It is an acronym which stands for Body Mass Index. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. BMI is an estimate. It will tell you if you are underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. Also, it tells how much at risk you are for diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Each category has a range of numbers which is how you can determine which one you fall under. The higher your BMI, the more at risk you are for developing one of those diseases.

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BMI is used for both men and women, but it does have some limitations. For one, it may overestimate body fat in athletes or other muscular individuals. This is because muscle weighs more than fat. The other is that it may underestimate body fat in individuals who are older and have lost muscle.

An alternative to the BMI is measuring belly fat. Fat around the belly is also a contributing factor on your risk for getting a disease mentioned earlier.
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To get rid of the fat around the midsection, you must include cardio because that is what burns fat, not sit-ups and crunches.
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Web MD has a great BMI calculator. It will ask a few questions and then it will show you results based on your answers as well as give you suggestions based on your goals. You can find this calculator at the following link:
http://www.webmd.com/diet/body-calculator

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