BMI is Baloney

I went to the doctor the other day for a regular checkup and the nurse told me that according to my BMI, I am overweight! Proudly, I laughed and smiled at her. I’ve been waiting for this moment for years! I finally put on enough muscle to be categorized as overweight! (I know that the weight I’ve gained is muscle thanks to the InBody 570)

In high school I had a good friend who was an incredible athlete and very muscular, and his BMI put him in the obese category! This should sound ridiculous to you, because it is ridiculous. BMI is commonly used to diagnose people as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. BMI is just your weight relative to your height, and it doesn’t take in to account how much muscle or fat you have on your body.

Think of another scenario: at Rock Solid Fitness we have a woman join our Rock Star program because she is having trouble with her balance and getting around. She is smart and knows that building strength and muscle can help her with the mobility issues she is experiencing.

Her doctor tells her she is healthy because her BMI puts her in the “normal weight” category, but after putting her on the InBody 570 we are told a different story. She is actually in the unhealthy body fat percentage range. Since she has such little muscle mass, her BMI can show her as “normal bodyweight,” even though she is overfat.

This scenario of too little muscle and too much fat is an unhealthy one, but thankfully a very fixable one. We advise her to eat a balanced diet and a certain amount of calories based on her BMR and activity levels. This is to provide enough fuel to build muscle. Then we encourage her to work hard in the gym with us to give her body a reason to build muscle.

So what does this mean to you? Come hop on the InBody 570! Find out what you’re actually made of and together we can make and implement a plan to get you healthier; whether that means losing fat, gaining muscle and strength, or fixing muscular imbalances and helping aches and pains feel better.

Call us at 727-282-1800 to schedule a free introductory workout or your InBody 570 analysis! Also, feel free to shoot us an email or leave a comment about your thoughts on BMI or body fat percentage.

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