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Finding Your Current and Healthy BMI

healthy bmi rangeSo what is all this about healthy BMI? What is this Body Mass Index craze that people have to go around measuring for? It’s really easy to understand, and here we will discuss a little about what it is, how you can use it, and the things that a healthy BMI does.

Calculating BMI can expose some very important things. You can really figure out if you are at a healthy weight or if you are at a weight that can harm you. No, you may not be able to tell by looking or even on the scale that you are at an unhealthy weight. Most people think clinically obese means you are very heavy and well over 200 lbs., but this isn’t true. You can look in the mirror and be in proportion and still be considered obese. Now, don’t get us wrong and run to the scale and get into a panic. Simply figure out your healthy BMI and be ready to do something about it.

On the flipside you could look in the mirror and be grossly underweight for proper health but not know it, either. So let’s get the show on the road here and review a simple step-by-step process for getting your current and healthy BMI.

Don’t feel doing the math? Simply use this handy BMI calculator at Intechra Health.

Steps to calculate healthy BMI

  • Weigh yourself on an accurate scale.
  • Find your exact height in inches.
  • Divide your weight by your height in inches.
  • Divide the resulting number by your height in inches once more.
  • Round out the resulting number to the nearest decimal, this will give you your healthy BMI.

Calculation:  [weight (lb) / height (in) / height (in)] x 703

Now, see below to learn where you fit in:

17.9 or less is considered underweight.

A  normal healthy BMI is 18-25.

Anything over 25 is not good at all.

If your BMI exceeds 25, then do yourself a favor and get on a weight loss and exercise plan that works right away. This means more than just a diet—it means a lifestyle change. Maintaining a healthy BMI isn’t about hitting a target number you make up for yourself. It’s about hitting a target range that has been scientifically considered and determined for a healthy population and staying within those parameters. Healthy lifestyle is the only way to maintaining a healthy BMI.