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BMI-Should We Treat It As Gospel?

THE BODY Mass Index or BMI-the measure of a persons body fat in conjecture with a persons height and weight is a questionable method and is it one we should be following as gospel?

No in my opinion.

Yes it is an accurate measure-to a degree, of a persons overall body fat. However it does not take into account muscle-which of course weighs more than fat. Therefore incredibly muscular athletes BMI could categorise them as obese. Ridiculous.

Height is also a factor in the index. Now a perfectly healthy woman who is around the average female height (5 feet 6′) may be categorised as over weight or even obese, when in fact their weight is perfectly healthy.

Same goes for you little guys out there. Our very own Student Strength team member Ryan is only 5 feet 7′ and he is categorised as over weight according to his BMI, he is in fact in great shape. What I am getting at is please do not rush ahead and get your BMI measured. And I can’t stress how much you should not treat the findings of any such test as gospel.

Scale weight and measurements with a tape measure is the happy ground you should be at. Now for the weightlifters and bodybuilders among us, scale weight is not a 100% accurate representation of your weight. As mentioned before, muscle weighs more than fat. So if you jump on the scales and they say you have gained a few pounds, that could well be muscle and not the dreaded fat.

Use scale weight sparingly, maybe once a week and definitely no more than twice a week. And try to weigh yourself in the morning, preferably as soon as you wake up for the most accurate representation of your weight. What I am getting at is try to use scale weight as a reasonably good indicator.

Myself, I go off my clothes right now. If I pop a t-shirt on and its a little more snug than usual round the middle and not my biceps, I know my diet has not been great that week and I’ve put on a pound or two.