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Body Fat and BMI: There is Such a Thing as Good Fat

Being in the gym environment there are two numbers that are constantly talked about. BMI and body fat percentage. These two numbers have formulas that indicate how healthy you are. While these numbers are considerably similar, they very rarely coincide with each other. Learning about these two numbers and how you can change them can help you realize your true health goal. With that said, let’s start with the basics, what is BMI and how is it different from body fat percentage?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. BMI is a number, calculated by a specific formula. This formula takes your weight in pounds, times 703, and divided by your height in inches. There are many different formulas to calculate your BMI, but this is the simplest of those formulas. BMI is a single number from 19 to 54. This number is supposed to tell you if your weight is normal, overweight, obese, or extremely obese. However, it is somewhat a catch 22 because your weight could be controlled by fat, or muscle.

Body fat percentage looks specifically at what percentage of your body is fat tissue, versus muscle, bones, organs, skin, etc. This test is essential when you want to evaluate your health. It can also be a helpful tool to track your progress when sticking to a workout routine. It is very common to get frustrated when your weight stays the same, or when you grow bigger after working out for a while. This is why measuring your body fat can help you realize that you are losing fat, but gaining muscle.

There is a difference in your BMI number and your body fat percentage. The BMI does not take in any information about the type of body you have, only your weight and height, while the body fat percentage test narrows down your body fat versus your muscles. This can be frustrating at times, when these two numbers do not coincide. For example, take someone who is a professional athlete. This person works out every day, eats healthy, and controls their body fat. This person has a body fat percentage of only 8.5, which means most of their weight is muscle. However, if you calculate their height and weight, their BMI would be almost 34, which is considered obese.

There are so many numbers that can describe your body, weight, BMI, and body fat percentage. When wanting to make a lifestyle change, it is important to remember that not all of these numbers will make you happy, which is why you should learn about what they all mean and how accurate they are. When you are ready, come on in and speak with one of our trainers and set a goal. We are dedicated to help you reach any goal you set, and we will be there every step of the way. Click here to reach to us!