What is My BMI?
(No, not your BMW!)

So, what is my BMI?

Do you know what your weight should be?  Want to weigh what you did in high school?  Sure you do – so do I!  Given your (and my) stage in life however, that may not be too realistic.  We all know that as we age our metabolism slows down.

The effect of that happening is that our bodies rate of burning calories is greatly reduced, which means it takes us much longer to burn off calories.  The result?  The pounds tend to stick with us much longer!  Yipes!

So, How Much Should I Weigh?

How much should you weigh at your current age?  You are asking: What is my BMI, right?    Good.  An excellent place to start is to determine your BMI, or your Body Mass Index.  That may sound a bit complicated, but it really is not.  In fact, I’ll give you a free  BMI calculator, right here.

All you need to do is enter your current height in feet and inches, and your current weight; then press “enter”.  In less than a second your will get your BMI, shown as a number, which is your BMI.

If your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9, congratulations!  You’re probably in the zone!  Below 18.5 or above 24.9 indicates the possibility that you are under weight, overweight or even obese.

The BMI calculator may underestimate body fat in us older people who have lost muscle. Of course, if you have been diligent about staying in shape over the years the BMI could be quite accurate for you.

Is That It?

Not quite.

Another factor to consider along with your BMI is your waist measurement.  Generally speaking, in women it should be no greater than 35 inches and in men no more than forty inches.

A BMI exceeding the maximums above, along with excessive waist measurements, indicate increased risk of heart disease and other conditions none of us want.

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