How Do You Measure Your BMI?

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Are you curious about possible weight you might be gaining daily? Are you confused about how to measure your body mass index or BMI? Well, read on to know exactly you can calculate your BMI and see if your body is healthy or not. Basically, BMI is used to measure whether or not a person is underweight or overweight with regards to a person’s gender, height, and age. It is very useful in order to understand how much weight needs to be lost or gained in order to fall in the range that is considered normal for human beings.

If you’re interested in measuring your BMI then this is how you can do it.

The first thing you have to do before measuring your BMI is to measure your exact height. To measure your height you must stand straight against the wall and put a mark at the point where the top of your head ends. Now move aside and measure it by using a scale or a measuring tape.  Once you get your exact height you have to multiply it with itself. This means if your height happens to be 1.5 meters then you have to multiply it with 1.5 which will become 2.25 (1.5 * 1.5 = 2.25). After you get the multiplied result you can move on to the next step.

The second step is to measure your weight in kilograms. For this, you may use any weight scale. If you get a reading of your weight in pounds then convert it in kilograms first. After knowing your exact weight in kilograms you can move on to the third step.

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Now divide your weight by your height, for example, if your weight in kilogram is 55 kilograms and your height is 2.25 (after multiplying) then what you have to do is divide 55 by 2.25. Doing this will provide you with a figure (for example 55 / 2.25 = 24.44). The final figure that you get is your BMI. Using this number you can get to know if you’re overweight or underweight.

Doctors have agreed on a standard when it comes to declaring a person to be underweight or overweight with regards to their BMI digits. Normally if you find your BMI below 18.4 then this means that you are underweight and you have to start gaining weight in order to be considered healthy. If your weight is between 18.4 and 24.9 then there is no need to worry because you are considered to have the perfect BMI.  However, if you’re BMI is more than 24.9 then you need to take certain steps in order to avoid yourself from being overweight and not fall ill due to numerous health problems.

If your BMI is over 30 but bellow 40 then you are at high risk of falling ill. That is why you should consult a doctor and work hard to bring your BMI to a normal level. However, if your BMI is above 40 then it is a clinical issue and you might need immediate treatment to reduce your weight.

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Keep in mind that if you’re pregnant then it is recommended that you do not measure your BMI.

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Article by: Wes Tyson

Wes writes health and fitness articles for BodyFatLoss. He is very detailed and always tries to find the latest research and facts about a subject.