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Are You Overweight? Calculate Your BMI & Find Out

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The BMI Formula

The BMI formula is BMI = Kg / (m)2. Here are the standard BMI ranges.

  • 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
  • 1 meter = 100 cm
  • 1 pound = kilogram
Weight Category 
BMI
Underweight
Below 18.5
Normal
18.5–24.9
Overweight
25.0–29.9
Obesity
30.0 and Above

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Online BMI Tables For Men & Women

Below are BMI tables from the NIH. Cross reference your height from the left column and your weight to the right & then look up to see your BMI. The first table covers normal health weight ranges to somewhat overweight and the second table covers higher levels of obesity. You may also want to look at some of the known limitations with BMI, as it doesn't account for body composition & a rather athletic person with a lot of muscle may have a high BMI while still being in good health.

BMI 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35
Height
(inches)
Body Weight (pounds)
58 91 96 100 105 110 115 119 124 129 134 138 143 148 153 158 162 167
59 94 99 104 109 114 119 124 128 133 138 143 148 153 158 163 168 173
60 97 102 107 112 118 123 128 133 138 143 148 153 158 163 168 174 179
61 100 106 111 116 122 127 132 137 143 148 153 158 164 169 174 180 185
62 104 109 115 120 126 131 136 142 147 153 158 164 169 175 180 186 191
63 107 113 118 124 130 135 141 146 152 158 163 169 175 180 186 191 197
64 110 116 122 128 134 140 145 151 157 163 169 174 180 186 192 197 204
65 114 120 126 132 138 144 150 156 162 168 174 180 186 192 198 204 210
66 118 124 130 136 142 148 155 161 167 173 179 186 192 198 204 210 216
67 121 127 134 140 146 153 159 166 172 178 185 191 198 204 211 217 223
68 125 131 138 144 151 158 164 171 177 184 190 197 203 210 216 223 230
69 128 135 142 149 155 162 169 176 182 189 196 203 209 216 223 230 236
70 132 139 146 153 160 167 174 181 188 195 202 209 216 222 229 236 243
71 136 143 150 157 165 172 179 186 193 200 208 215 222 229 236 243 250
72 140 147 154 162 169 177 184 191 199 206 213 221 228 235 242 250 258
73 144 151 159 166 174 182 189 197 204 212 219 227 235 242 250 257 265
74 148 155 163 171 179 186 194 202 210 218 225 233 241 249 256 264 272
75 152 160 168 176 184 192 200 208 216 224 232 240 248 256 264 272 279
76 156 164 172 180 189 197 205 213 221 230 238 246 254 263 271 279 287

 

BMI 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54
Height
(inches)
Body Weight (pounds)
58 172 177 181 186 191 196 201 205 210 215 220 224 229 234 239 244 248 253 258
59 178 183 188 193 198 203 208 212 217 222 227 232 237 242 247 252 257 262 267
60 184 189 194 199 204 209 215 220 225 230 235 240 245 250 255 261 266 271 276
61 190 195 201 206 211 217 222 227 232 238 243 248 254 259 264 269 275 280 285
62 196 202 207 213 218 224 229 235 240 246 251 256 262 267 273 278 284 289 295
63 203 208 214 220 225 231 237 242 248 254 259 265 270 278 282 287 293 299 304
64 209 215 221 227 232 238 244 250 256 262 267 273 279 285 291 296 302 308 314
65 216 222 228 234 240 246 252 258 264 270 276 282 288 294 300 306 312 318 324
66 223 229 235 241 247 253 260 266 272 278 284 291 297 303 309 315 322 328 334
67 230 236 242 249 255 261 268 274 280 287 293 299 306 312 319 325 331 338 344
68 236 243 249 256 262 269 276 282 289 295 302 308 315 322 328 335 341 348 354
69 243 250 257 263 270 277 284 291 297 304 311 318 324 331 338 345 351 358 365
70 250 257 264 271 278 285 292 299 306 313 320 327 334 341 348 355 362 369 376
71 257 265 272 279 286 293 301 308 315 322 329 338 343 351 358 365 372 379 386
72 265 272 279 287 294 302 309 316 324 331 338 346 353 361 368 375 383 390 397
73 272 280 288 295 302 310 318 325 333 340 348 355 363 371 378 386 393 401 408
74 280 287 295 303 311 319 326 334 342 350 358 365 373 381 389 396 404 412 420
75 287 295 303 311 319 327 335 343 351 359 367 375 383 391 399 407 415 423 431
76 295 304 312 320 328 336 344 353 361 369 377 385 394 402 410 418 426 435 443

5 Strategies to Improve Your BMI

The world is full of differences in opinions about what is considered to be a healthy weight. From television shows to magazines, Americans are inundated with these contrasting ideas and opinions. These ideas of an individual's ideal weight are often far from what the doctor considers to be healthy. And isn't the idea of a healthy weight something that your doctor should have a say about what is right?

Your Body Mass Index or BMI is one of the ways that doctors use to determine if an individual is at a healthy weight. It helps a doctor monitor the possible health risks that go along with being obese, overweight, or underweight. Although it is not the only tool they use to determine an individual's health, it is one of the main sources that they use.

Your BMI is a calculation based on your height and weight. If you know your height and weight, you can either enter your numbers into an online BMI calculator or calculate the rate manually. To calculate it manually, you square the number of your height in inches. Next you divide your weight by the number that you calculated as your height squared. Then, multiply that answer by 703 to obtain your BMI.

OK, now you have your BMI number, but what does the number mean? If your BMI is 18.6 to 24.9, you are considered to be at a healthy weight. Anything under 18.5 is underweight, and anything over 25 is overweight. If your BMI is greater than 30, you are obese per the BMI scale.

If your BMI is higher than your doctor feels is healthy or higher than you want it to be, you are probably wondering how you can lower it. Check out the following five strategies to improve your BMI and see where you can apply these changes.

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Drink More Water

It is a known fact that your body needs water, but did you know how much water works to keep you at a healthy weight? Simply stated, water boosts your metabolism while cleaning your body out of all the junk. If you are trying to lose weight, you can take advantage of not only these benefits of water, but also the following:

  • Water Is a Hunger Suppressant: When you feel that you are hungry or want to snack in between meals, drink a large glass of water. You will be surprised how quickly water will fill you up and suppress your need to eat. Additionally, if you drink water while eating, you will fill up and eat less.
  • Water Replaces Calorie-Filled Drinks: Water has zero calories and is a great replacement for any other beverage.
  • Hydration Keeps Your Body Working Properly: By drinking enough water each day and staying hydrated, you are assisting your body parts in working correctly. This includes keeping your metabolism running and boosting its effectiveness.

Keep a Food Journal

So many people snack or eat without ever thinking about how that food consumption adds up. Under normal circumstances, your snacking habits may not be an issue. However, if you are trying to lose weight and drop your BMI number, every bite counts.

Considered keeping a journal of all the food you eat each day. When you keep track of everything you eat, it may surprise you about how much more you consume than you think you do. By writing it down, you are more aware and thus less likely to eat more than you need.

Cut Your Calories

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you are trying to lose weight? Diet and cutting calories.

As simple as it sounds, cutting back on the number of calories you eat each day will help you drop your unwanted weight. It is suggested that you cut 500 to 1000 calories per day to lose weight. By making this cut, you can expect to see up to a two-pound loss per week. Although a two-pound-per-week loss may not sound like a lot, it is considered a healthy rate to lose weight.

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Add Minimal Exercise

You have started drinking water, keeping track of your food, and cutting calories, but your weight loss has stalled. Try adding some simple exercising, such as walking,to your routine. It is amazing how many more calories you can burn during the day just by walking more. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. There is no need to park close to the entrance of the store; park at the back of the lot and walk a few extra steps. It will surprise youhow quickly those extra steps add up and how your weight and BMI drop.

Outside of adding walking to your routine, you can add other simple exercises that you can easily do in the privacy of your home. Try doing push-ups or sit-ups during the commercials while watching television or do wall sits, squats, or lunges while talking on the phone. There are several small exercises that you can add into your daily routine that will make a big difference in lowering your BMI.

Get a Trainer

If adding a few exercises to your routine does not make a significant difference in your weight loss and BMI goal, consider hiring a personal trainer. A personal trainer is a professional who is trained to help you reach your physical goals. They are wise in the ways of the gym and can design a program specific to your BMI goals. Although not everyone feels the need to hire a trainer, if you are serious about improving your BMI, a trainer is a great option.

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Your BMI is not the only factor in determining your healthy weight, but as you can see, it does have its place. More importantly, knowing your BMI helps you have a good starting point with determining if you need to be concerned with your weight.

Do you know what your BMI is? What other ideas or tips do you have to help others like you improve their BMI?