The most commonly used and accepted measure of whether or not you are overweight is the Body Mass Index (BMI).

BMI is the ratio of your height to your body weight, and it is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. For example, if you weigh 63.5kg and your height is 1.68m, your BMI shall be 6.35/1.68 x 1.68, giving you a result of 22.5.

So, what does your BMI mean?

If your BMI is below 20, you are considered underweight. If your BMI is between 20 and 25, you are considered normal weight. If your BMI is between 25 and 30, you are considered overweight. If your BMI is between 30 and 40, you are considered obese. And if your BMI is 40 and above, you are considered to be dangerously obese.

Did you know that with a BMI of 25, your risk of diabetes is 5 times greater than that of someone with a BMI of 22? And if your BMI is 30, your risk of diabetes is 28 times greater. This is a sobering but true fact.

In my work with my clients, I use the BMI method, among other methods, to help them in their fat-loss journey.

Using different methods of measurements helps me see a broader picture of my client’s situation before recommending certain fat-loss strategies to help them achieve their ideal weight.

Personally, I feel weight is NOT the issue in most of my client situations, but excess fat is. This is where you need to know and measure your Body Fat Percentage (BFP) regularly and to ensure that you stay in the healthy body fat range for your age and body composition.

I feel it is OK to be fat but fit, than be skinny and sickly.

The key is to lose fat first to lose weight and not the other way round.

With this knowledge and applying certain strategies, you will be better off in your fat loss journey to live a better, healthier, and happier life.

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March 25, 2024 — Victoria Rose