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Monday, November 02, 2009

From Prevention.com:

"BMI Calculator
How does your body mass measure up?
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BMI Guidelines
BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 24.9 Normal
25.0 - 29.9 Overweight
30.0 and above Obese

Knowing your body mass index (BMI) gives you a good sense if you’re at a healthy weight.

The most recent and most complete BMI study (1999; more than one million Americans) revealed the following range of "healthiest" BMIs: for men, 23.5 to 25.0; for women, 22.0 to 23.5.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute believes that you are overweight if you have a BMI above 25.0, and that this degree of overweight increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other illnesses.

Medical research has shown that overweight individuals who lose weight through exercise and/or dieting can significantly decrease their risk of heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses.

A regular running program provides one of the best ways to lose weight or maintain healthy weight. Each mile you cover will burn approximately 125 calories.

Running long and slow burns a higher percentage of fat calories, and teaches your body to become more efficient at fatburning, which gives you more endurance for long runs and marathons.

Running shorter and faster burns more total calories per minute or mile, which helps you lose weight, including body fat. Faster running also increases your "afterburn" - the calories your body continues burning after your run stops. We believe it is a good idea to mix longer runs and faster runs in your workout program.

BMIs below 20.7 (for men) and 19.1 (for women) are considered unhealthy."

Ok, so I'm still overweight. Not sure I agree with that conclusion, although there are definitely days...
Just a few percentage points to go. Maybe November will be my month to nudge the scale in the right direction. Keeping my fingers crossed and planning on giving it my all! www.prevention.com/cda/c
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    emoticon for taking the time to share this information.

    God bless!

    1388 days ago
    Yeah, Boxing Jewels is right. BMI is a great indicator of your GENERAL condition (shape), but most assuredly is not an accurate indicator of your actual (physical) condition.

    You and I cycle and, as you know, you're tearing down those leg muscles each time you take your bike out. When you get back, what you eat (hopefully) goes to rebuild that damaged tissue. Obviously, there has to be added weight in there at some point. In my case, even though I've lost about 20lbs, and my shoulders, arms and chest have gotten smaller, my quads have gotten much bigger. I was considering going back to the gym to try and bulk back up but then all I'd be doing is adding more weight to drag around on Madeline.

    In the end, I just weight train to keep bone and muscle density at a decent level and have decided to forego the whole Lou Ferrigno\David Prowse goal.
    3140 days ago
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    i also find it VERY hard to believe that you are overweight!!! I've gotta look up what mine is saying these days - I have always wanted to go and get actually tested where they go by more than height and weight... wonder what that costs... would be interesting... or maybe depressing! who knows!
    3148 days ago
    BMI can be misleading. There are guys who are like 100% muscle and they are "overweight" in the BMI categories because they weigh too much. So don't be discouraged by that.

    If it's any consolation, I'd love to be "overweight" like you. You look great!
    3148 days ago
    Thanks for the info!
    3149 days ago

    Nice post to remind us about what the BMI is about and its implications. I'm more of a percent of body fat follower, I just don't have an accurate measure yet. I think we all have a good sense of when we are really healthy (near top condition) and when we are really out of shape and obese ... it's those in betweens that are vexing ... when are we healthy but not necessarily in super shape.
    3149 days ago
    BMI doesn't take into account your muscle mass so it may throw it off. I am considered "overweight" however, I have a lot of muscle that it is thinking is fat. That is just something to be aware of.
    3149 days ago
    Good luck!!! emoticon
    3149 days ago
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