“It is very easy to advice but difficult to practice” – this is one common lament we hear very frequently, whatever may be situation and the context in which it is uttered.
One such advice we find very commonly in discussions related to food consumption and especially body weight or obesity is all about fats, high-intake of calories, exercises, burning of calories, etc..
While every one of us have some idea of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, fat and minerals, we cannot measure or assess how much of each of these things we consumed on a single sitting or in a day and whether that were adequate, more than required or less than required.
One fine day, when we visit the doctor to check our weight and height, we will be shocked to hear from the physician that we are either obese or underweight and need to control our food intake. Is it not? It is a common feature among most of us.
You can check for yourself whether you are of normal weight, underweight, overweight or obese by keeping track of your BMI Index.
What is BMI Index?
BMI Index, or the Body-Mass Index, is a measure that is used to assess whether you are normal weight, under weight, overweight or obese. It is calculated by using your body weight and the height.
If a person’s BMI index is less than 18.5, then he or she is said to be Underweight and needs to put on some weight.
If the BMI Index is between 18.5 and 24.9, then you are said to be of normal weight and the onus rests on you to ensure that you maintain that index to enjoy the prescribed normal weight.
If the BMI Index ranges between 25 and 30, then you are said to be Overweight and you should strive to bring it down.
If the BMI index exceeds 30, then you are Obese, and you should take measures to bring it down to overweight and gradually to normal weight.
How to keep track over your BMI?
The formula for calculating BMI is [kg/m2]
It is simple to calculate your BMI. You need to do some simple things.
a. Take a reading of your weight; if it is in pounds, then divide it by 2.2 to get the weight in kilograms.
b. Take a reading of your height; if the reading is in inches, then divide it by 2.54 to convert the height in to centimeters..
c. Divide the height converted in centimeters by 100 to get the height in meters.
d. Now, calculate the square of the height converted into meters.
e. Now calculate the BMI – which is nothing but your weight in kilograms divided by the square of your height calculated in meters
Now, you can arrive at the BMI. Compare it with the standards slated above and now, you are in control over your body weight.
It is just as simple as it can be.