What should my BMI be for my age?

 As I get older, my body is changing and will continue to change – this means I’ll need to update my BMI as I get older. But what BMI should I be at my age?

What should my BMI be for my age?
What should my BMI for my age and height?

First let me say that I think it’s really important to follow advice about how to improve your fitness, but there is just no way for an overweight person (defined as having a BMI over 25) to reach their fitness goals. 

There’s just too much fat on you, or you are carrying too much fat in a region (hips, thighs, rear, glutes, etc.) that gets in the way of mobility and therefore fitness. If you don’t know what your ideal weight is, start there first.

Then, once you know your ideal weight, get on a scale and read the numbers on your scale as you stand in front of it (so please write them down or just do this test in the mirror). 

Next, measure your waist size and don’t forget the lower back, too – your ideal waist should be under 36 inches (about 90 cm). When you go to buy a new outfit, if it has any waist/back problem, you should wear it and you need to be able to pull it up over your head easily. 

Finally, do some of the fitness tests you’ve been wanting to try (like the plank test) and then do some weight lifting exercises that you haven’t done yet (but want to) because your weight really needs to change and those movements help to burn fat. Keep going for now and just focus on the basics of running, stretching, core work, and weight lifting (like bicep curls).

And again, get out of that office and go for a run or a walk – you need to get outside first of all and really just start moving. Get yourself out of the house and running/walking just for a bit to make it easier.

So, there you go, now that you"ve got your plan in place, it"s time to go change the way you look and feel. 

For the most part, your height and weight will tell you what your BMI will be and what you can do to lower your score. As I said in a previous post, BMI is not the best way to measure your body fat. If you are within 10 pounds of your target weight, your body fat will not be as high, which means you will not have the same score.

However, if you are really over or under your target weight, your BMI and body fat score will be very different than the figure on the nutrition facts table. For example, you are 10 pounds over your target weight, but your BMI says you are at a healthy weight. That means you need to adjust your score according to the guidelines in a previous post if you’re really off.

Another thing to watch out for are outliers. People with a high number of extreme scores often have something abnormal about their body. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds and your BMI is 25, you need to check that out because you’re overweight and you shouldn’t be.

Nutrition facts tables give you a good starting point on your score. However, some foods don’t have nutrition facts tables on their packaging. So to give you an idea of how your food score compares to other people, check out this list. There are lots of other websites with similar lists, so just check out Google or Pinterest.

You can also check out my post about choosing healthy foods and how you eat. Are you curious about how much fat you are having? Do you want to know if your favorite foods have a fat content?

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