Body Mass Index Not Parameter for Judging Muscles Builder.
Updated: Feb 10
Body mass index (BMI) is a parameter which helps you to measure your body fat percentage and other important stats of your body.
Using the BMI analysis, an individual can analyse if they are underweight, overweight or normal weight or their water intake etc. based upon their gender, current height and weight.
Although there are many online websites available which can give you a rough idea about the stat of your current physique. BMI can be defined as a more general insight into your current condition.
Nowadays there are various online websites which can help calculate your body mass index but
If you are willing to get a better picture, you should go with the machines that you can find at various gyms and health centres.
Body mass index has a limitation for any person having good muscle mass. BMI considers a person having a higher percentage of fat but less muscle, than another person having more muscle but less fat in the same category.
If you are an individual who is moderately active and fit, but not in any sports that help your massive muscle building, then BMI could be a good option for you.
For instance, if you are an athlete of height, 5' 10' weighing around 96 kgs with solid muscle mass you might come under the obese category based upon the BMI chart. Do you think this is nearly fair?
Many organisations throughout the world are interested in taking BMI numbers as a standard but it doesn't make much sense.
Any sane person could tell that a person having good muscle mass is obviously healthy as compared to another person who has a higher percentage of fat.
If we talk broadly BMI formula is your weight divided by the square of your height although there are many other factors which come into play when calculating your BMI using the machine.
So if you're into strength training, and do some sort of resistance/progressive overload, there are high chances you might not see many changes in your weighing scale. The reason behind this is that your muscle gain is somewhat proportional to your losing fat.
There are various other methods like DEXA which can give you a better understanding of your entire body composition elaborated with the percentage of muscles, fat, and other crucial details. It will help you analyse your physique in a better way. These will give you a better idea about the amount of fat you're lost along with the muscles gained while you were trying to lean giving you better progress.
Since BMI machines are readily available at gym counters. Most people go for those readings and assume themselves as unfit.
Disclaimer: These aren't medical advice, always consult your doctor.
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