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February just made it into 2016! It is the month of Love; nothing is ever more important than loving yourself and by “love” I mean cherishing, accepting,and embracing every aspect of your body, mind and soul. So, to help you nurture your self love, I am going to discuss something almost all my clients frequently ask me about: Am I Fat, Fit or Skinny?!
As a matter of fact, I dealt with many fit ladies who are looking to lose more weight and always consider a smaller number on the scale, but the truth is you can still be “Chubby” and healthy. Health should be your aim.
So what exactly does it mean to be thin, fat or healthy, and what is most important for good health? Read on for some answers.
How Good Is your BMI, and what is your body fat percentage?
The body mass index (BMI) is now the new scale! It has replaced the old height and weight charts and is considered as the most widely used tool to assess whether someone is at a healthy body weight range. Both men and women use the same formula, a ratio of height to weight that helps assess whether they are underweight, normal weight, or overweight. For most people, the BMI is a good assessment of body fat, overweight, and health risk. But it may not be accurate for those who are muscular, of short stature, or elderly.
In general, BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 means that their weight is normal, or “acceptable”. A BMI between 25.0 and 29.9 means a person is overweight, and those with a BMI over 30.0 are considered obese.
Another tool is the body fat percentage aka body composition. By definition it is a term used to describe the percentage of lean mass to fat mass that contributes to an individual’s total body weight. Your body composition is calculated from the percentage of body fat, muscles, bones, water , and tissues in your body and provides a more detailed estimate of your conditioning. Body composition evaluates the breakdown of fat and gives you an estimate of fitness level and health risk. Below is a chart for fat percentages and fitness level classification.
Focus on Fitness
Ironically, many people have a normal weight but aren’t considered fit, while many others look fat but have a good fitness level. Now the best combination is to have a normal BMI and a low body fat percentage.Thus, It is always recommended to focus on fitness and exercise for the ultimate benefit.
The benefits of exercise go far beyond burning calories. It is essential to prevent and reduce risks of many diseases and improve physical and mental health. People who are physically fit are also healthier, able to maintain their most optimum weight, and are also less prone to cardiac and other health problems. In order to maintain a relaxed state of mind, a person should be physically active. Fit people are both physically and mentally strong and lead better lives overall.
Health experts encourage adults to be active every day from 30-90 minutes, depending on their goals. A half-hour daily is the guideline for everyone; 60 minutes is recommended to prevent weight gain; and 90 minutes is the recommendation for people trying to lose weight.