Understanding Weight Loss BMI

Understanding Weight Loss BMI

BMI (Body Mass Index) Demystified

Before getting into the whole truth, let’s explain a term that will help you better understand weight and weight loss: Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is the standard used around the world to determine whether a person’s weight is healthy, overweight, or obese. For most people, BMI is strongly related to the amount of body fat you carry. You could calculate your BMI using your body weight, your height, and the BMI formula, but it is far easier to look up your BMI on a chart like the one below. To determine your BMI category, find your height in inches in the column on the left, run your finger across to the range that includes your current weight in pounds, then look up to the top of that column for your BMI range and category. This chart applies to both women and men.

Body Mass Index and Weight Classification

BMI

19 or Lower19.0 – 24.925.0 – 29.930 or Higher
BMI categoryUnder WeightHealthyOver WeightObese
Height (Inches)                                                 Body Weight (Pounds)
Less Then                                                                  More Than
589091 – 118119 – 142143
599394 – 123124 – 147148
609697 – 127128 – 152153
6199100 – 131132 – 157158
62103104 – 135136 – 163164
63106107 – 140141 – 168169
64109110 – 144145 – 173174
65113114 – 149150 – 179180
66117118 – 154155 – 185186
67120121 – 158159 – 190191
68124125 – 163164 – 197197
69127128 – 168169 – 202203
70131132 – 173174 – 208209
71135136 – 178179 – 214215
72139140 – 183184 – 220221
73143144 – 188189 – 226227
74147148 – 193194 – 232233
75151152 – 199200 – 239240
76155156 – 204205 – 245246