The overwhelming majority of folks out there are going to measure their health and wellness based off of their height and their weight (and probably how they feel), but you can get a much more accurate representation of where you are health wise – and fitness wise – by understanding your BMI and body fat percentage.
By the time you’re done with all of the information in this quick guide you will really understand exactly how these two figures paint an accurate picture of your health and wellness, and how you can use tracking these two figures to create the kind of body that you’ve always wanted while leading a happy and healthy lifestyle!
What is BMI?
Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is essentially a number of that takes your height and your weight into account and comes up with a ratio that allows you to better understand exactly where you are in comparison to where you should be avoided comes to your weight.
Medical experts have been able to really hone in on a specific range of weights that are perfect for people of particular heights, finding an optimal range that allows people to lead healthy lifestyles without having to worry about carrying extra fat around that hinders them in a variety of different ways.
Your BMI will tell you whether or not you are in that “sweet spot” range or just outside of it on either end – letting you know exactly what you have to do with your diet and exercise habits to better transform your body with a lot less effort.
What is the Body Fat Percentage?
You are also going to want to make sure that you understand exactly how much of your body weight is body fat and how much is muscle, bone, and water.
Your weight doesn’t paint a total picture in regards to your health simply because all three of those components combine to create your total body weight.
You could be sitting just outside your ideal BMI but have a body fat percentage of about 10% (right around the body fat percentage level that most fitness cover models have to show off their abs and look really cut), and unless you know exactly what your body fat percentages you might be inclined to change your diet without really having to.
Armed with this information, you’ll be able to make the right changes to your dietary and exercise habits to hit both your BMI and your body fat percentage goals. These are much better numbers to pay attention to than just your overall weight.