BMI

Hi guys, I have another question for the experts. It's fairly straightforward: what exactly is the Body Mass Index (what does it tell you), and how do you calculate it? Thanks.

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As for body fat measurements

As for body fat measurements with scales, ones with both handles and foot sensors are more accurate as the electric current travels through more of the body, so its not just measuring a small area as hand grips or foot sensors would alone.

Scales

Lee, what about using those scales that send an electric current through you? I have a set and I check my BMI, Body Fat %, Water & Muscle Mass every 2 weeks.

Are they actually accurate or should I just assume they are as near as.

Oh I see, thanks Lee. So what

Oh I see, thanks Lee. So what would be a good way to evaluate body fat levels taking into account muscle mass? Would that be the pinch test?

The most accurate way to

The most accurate way to measure body fat levels is having a trained professional do this with calipres. However, this will only be as accurate as the individual who carries it out. If you are after a means of comparison then I would suggest a good old fashioned tape measure around the body parts you want to traget and remeasure every month.

Body Mass Index is a method

Body Mass Index is a method of evaluating your weight in relation to your height and can be a useful tool for those who are overweight.
It is worked out using the following formula

BMI = weight(kg)/(height x height) (height is in metres).

A BMI of 25 is considered overweight and 30 considered obese.

The drawback of BMI is that it doesn't take body composition into consideration, for example, those carrying higher than normal muscle mass will be considered overweight using BMI.