If you’ve lamented at your BMI (body mass index) numbers recently, take heart. BMI isn't the end all be all measure of health. In fact, there is a growing number of people who maintain that it is an outdated system that can be replaced by more accurate data that better reflects the health of the individual.
Should I Worry About My BMI?
The body mass index is supposed to help you determine whether you are falling in the "average" range for body fat, if you are extremely low in body fat or if you are obese or in danger of being obese.
These numbers can be helpful, but there is danger in relying on them too much. There are factors that BMI does not reflect, such as muscle mass. Thinking that a "good" BMI number means that you are in excellent health is also not a good idea. Don't use that number to lull you into a false sense of security about your health.
When it comes to things like risk of cardiovascular disease or diabetes, BMI is just a tiny blip on the screen. There are many other factors, such as family history and diet, to consider. It is possible to have a normal BMI yet have horrible nutritional habits that may put you at risk for health problems.
Another issue is that the BMI may be skewed when it comes to height. This can result in taller people believing they are overweight, and shorter people not realizing they may be overweight. Also, if you’ve built muscle, the BMI may not accurately reflect that.
Not only that, but obsessing over numbers can be counterproductive.
What To Do Instead Of Worrying About BMI
The best way to ensure good health all around is to consume an adequate amount of quality calories. This means protein, healthy fat, whole grains and a reasonable amount of carbs.
This also means developing a fitness plan that works for you. It is important that you find an exercise plan that you will stick with, so find activities you enjoy. The point is to find the method of fitness that feels good for you and is geared toward the results you want. It is important to set your goals, and then create your plan.
If you are struggling with fitness, it may be time for a personal trainer who can develop a program specifically for you and your goals. Personal trainer Ralph Roberts in Amarillo can do just that, and provide support and motivation along the way.
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