17 Jun Exploring the Flaws of the BMI Scale
Are you looking for a quick way to determine whether or not you are healthy? Many people rely upon their BMI, or Body Mass Index, to help make this determination. In fact, many doctors even recommend using this tool. But what exactly is BMI and is it an accurate way to measure your health?
What is the BMI?
Your BMI is determined with a quick calculation. Simply, it is a calculation that is based on your height and your weight. With these two numbers used to make the calculation, you are assigned a BMI number. A number that is below 18.5 indicates that you are underweight, while a number between 18.5 and 24.9 means you are of “normal” weight. A BMI of 25 through 29.9 indicates you are overweight while a BMI of greater than 30 means you are obese.
Are There Issues with BMI Measurements?
Unfortunately, there are some inherent flaws in the BMI scale. Namely, a person can be quite healthy and fit and have a high number on the BMI scale simply because they have a lot of muscle mass. This is because the BMI chart does not distinguish between fat and muscle. This also means you can achieve a “normal” BMI by engaging in unhealthy practices, such as starving yourself and losing all of your muscle mass and healthy fat stores. In other words, the BMI scale can encourage destructive eating habits in order to achieve a “normal” number.
Due to the inherent flaws of the BMI scale, it is better to use technology that will actually measure your lean muscle mass. By determining your lean muscle mass, doctors can get a better idea of your overall health. In turn, this makes it possible to set realistic goals and track them in a healthy manner. At Prolean Wellness, we believe this is the better way to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Contact us today to learn more!