BMI is short for Body Mass Index, but what does it mean? The simple answer is that it’s a good rule of thumb for figuring out if your weight is healthy. You can calculate your BMI with an easy online calculator, but take the results with a pinch of salt. Your BMI is calculated by dividing your weight, in kilos, by your height, in square metres. For most adults a good BMI is in the range between 18.5 and 24.9. Go on, check your BMI right now!
Just like good nutrition the BMI is different for people in different stages of their life cycles. For children and young people aged 2 to 18, the BMI calculation takes into account age and gender as well as height and weight. Here some ranges for BMI for you to check for yourself and for the ones you love.
If your BMI is:
- below 18.5 – you’re in the underweight range
- between 18.5 and 24.9 – you’re in the healthy weight range
- between 25 and 29.9 – you’re in the overweight range
- between 30 and above – you’re in the obese range
Accuracy of BMI
BMI was designed to take into account natural variations in body shape and give you a healthy weight range for a particular height, but healthcare professionals may take other factors into account when assessing if your weight is healthy, or not. Muscle is much denser than fat, so very muscular people like weightlifters or some competitive athletes, may have a BMI that is overweight even when it is healthy due to high muscle mass. In a multi-cultural society people’s ethnicity may also affect your risk of certain health conditions. It is common for adults in Malaysia to have a higher risk of health problems like diabetes, even with a BMI of 23, which is usually considered healthy.
Nutrition supplements for weight management
Uno Nutrition Sdn Bhd was established to provide specialised nutrition for all, at affordable prices, to help you to age gracefully. In addition to general healthy nutrition supplements that are easy to consume, Uno Nutrition offers nutrition supplements for weight management, sarcopenia, and other common health issues. TruFast is a new nutrition supplement specially designed to help manage your weight and reduce your weight. If you are new to nutrition supplements, then the most effective way to use them is to slowly integrate them into your diet. Whatever your age, gender or ethnicity, you can measure your BMI before you start using healthy nutrition supplements like TruFast, then check your BMI after several months to measure the effects. Remember to keep monitoring your BMI against your original BMI to check your progress.
If you, and the ones you love, want to lose weight with nutrition supplements then take your BMI reading before you start and track your progress with it.