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BM Who?

What the heck is BMI? Sounds like an STD! But it's Body Mass Index.

What the heck is BMI?  Sounds like an STD.  But is stands for Body Mass Index. It was something created in the 1800's - an old school methodology for measuring your body weight in comparison to your height to see if you are "overweight" or "normal".  I would think of it only as a general guide.  Here are two reasons why:

1.  BMI only takes into account your height and weight.  So what if you are very muscular?  Don't muscles weigh more than fat?  In which case the BMI would work against you.

2.  1800's:  History shows that population heights have "grown" over the years.  The correlations between height and weight from Europeans in the 1800's may be completely different from Americans in the year 2012!

Don't get caught up in numbers and calculations.  They can be very time consuming, confusing and just plain aggravating!  Take the old tape measure and do your own formulations.  If your waistline keeps growing than maybe it is time for a diet and fitness plan.  

If you have further gripes regarding annoying old diet and fitness rules, please feel free to post them here in the comments.

Kat Roberts is a local Westchester author.  Recent works include: HOT MOMMA - not your typical diet and fitness guide for new moms and women; NO MORE LAZY DAYS - a parenting guide to keep yourself and your children active and off the couch.  You can check out more of Kat Roberts at her website at www.katroberts.webs.com

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