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The Ideal BMI

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The Ideal BMIBody Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat taking into account your height and weight. It's calculated by dividing your weight (in kilograms) by your height (in meters, squared). Knowing your body mass can help you to determine if you are underweight, healthy weight or overweight. The higher your BMI, the greater your risk for illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.

If you're body mass index is below 18.5, you are considered underweight. A normal BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. Anything above that range falls into the overweight category.

By measuring your body mass, is the best way to assess your fitness level. If your score is higher than healthy, it's a warning signal that you need to get into action and start watching your calories.

BMI of 30 or above
your goal is to lose 10%. Which means you'll shed a few bulges and lower your risk of diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. If you can maintain that for at least a month, then set another 10% goal. Continue this till your BMI drops below 30.

BMI of 25 to 29.9
Measure the belly area. A waist that's more than 35 inches (40 for men) means too much belly fat-a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. This is when you need to focus on losing 5 to 10% of your body weight and reducing your waistline. If your waist is less than 35 inches, your biggest health benefit will come from exercising and maintaining your current weight.

BMI below 25
Measure your waistline. Slim folks can have too much belly fat, too. If you do, your goal should be regular exercise, not weight loss.

Want to know your BMI? Check out our BMI Calculator

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