What’s in a number? While it’s great to know where you stand as far as your health indicators, they weren’t all created equal. This is where our weight loss calculator and determining your biometrics can help.
You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) and Body Fat Percentage, a Visceral Fat Rating, a Hydration Rating, a Basil Metabolic Rate (BMR) and more!
We will break down those biometrics below. And if you are in the PNW, give one of our ShiftSetGo offices a call and we can schedule you a Free Consultation where you can get a FREE biometric report done!
What’s my BMI?
Body mass index (BMI) is a popular measure of body weight that has been used for decades. BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared. While BMI can provide a general idea of a person’s weight status, it has significant limitations. BMI does not take into account important factors such as body composition, hydration, and visceral fat. In this blog, we will discuss why BMI isn’t as important as actual health biometrics like body fat percentage, visceral fat, basal metabolic rate (BMR), and hydration.
A healthy BMI is between 18.5-25, an Overweight BMI is 25-30 and an obese BMI is 30+
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Body Fat Percentage:
Body fat percentage is the proportion of fat to the total body weight. A high body fat percentage has been linked to a range of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. A low body fat percentage, on the other hand, can lead to hormonal imbalances, menstrual irregularities, and even infertility. Unlike BMI, body fat percentage takes into account the amount of fat and muscle mass in a person’s body. Therefore, it provides a more accurate picture of an individual’s health status. This rating is hard to determine without the use of a biometric scale a hydrostatic weight (water dunk), calipers or of course the ultimate test an autopsy. If you don’t have a biometric scale you can use a tape measure to determine your hip to waist ratio. A measurement of over .85-.9 is considered overweight.
We have subcutaneous fat, which is the “pinchable” fat just below the skin. But what lies deeper and more dangerous than that is our visceral fat.
Visceral fat is the fat that surrounds internal organs such as the liver, pancreas, and intestines. It has been linked to a higher risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Visceral fat is not visible on the outside, and a person may have a normal BMI but still have high levels of visceral fat. Therefore, measuring visceral fat is important to determine a person’s actual health status.
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR):
BMR is the number of calories a person burns while at rest. It is influenced by factors such as age, sex, weight, and body composition. Knowing your BMR is important to determine the number of calories your body needs to function properly. A person’s BMR can vary significantly, even among people with the same BMI. Therefore, it is important to measure BMR to determine the appropriate calorie intake based on your goals.
As always, if your goal is FAT loss, reach out to our team and schedule a free consult with one of our coaches and see if the ShiftSetGo program is right for you. Start improving your biometrics today!