So, what IS my BMI? What does BMI really mean?
Your BMI is your Body Mass Index. The Body mass index (BMI), estimates the ideal weight of a person based
on its size and weight. The Body mass index is valid for an adult man
or woman (18 to 65 years).
Using myself as an example, I am 5'5" and I currently weigh 251. My BMI on this chart is: 41.6. That puts me quite deeply into the Morbidly Obese range for my height. To be at optimal health I would have to weigh 140lbs. That is 110lbs, unfortunately, I do not look at that number and see reality. I'm fairly set on the fact that I will never weigh that much no matter how hard I try. That might be exactly why I plateau at 250.
Anyway, BMI. Why is this important? This is important because it tells you how much of your mass is extra fat. I question the validity of some of the numbers around the borders of healthy vs. overweight or underweight because of muscle mass and the fact that muscle weighs more than fat, but I digress.
Knowing that 41.6 percent of my body is fat means A LOT; not only to myself, but also to my health care provider. Fat does not just accumulate on your butt, thighs, stomach or arms ... Those are just the places that SHOW. Fat accumulates around your organs, limiting how well they can function. When you're losing weight, it is said that it takes 12 weeks for anyone else to notice a difference... I believe (and this is weight loss gospel according to me so it may or may not be true) that it is because you lose the bits on the inside long before you lose the stuff on the outside. So all of those days of losing a pound here, a pound there but not noticing a difference right away in how your clothes fit ... trust me ... It matters.
Here's one of the other reasons that I think knowing your BMI matters... If you, like myself, have over 100lbs to lose ... It is fairly reasonable to assume that losing that weight in 6 months to have a bikini body isn't a realistic goal and might lead you to a dead end and ultimate give up. So figure out your BMI, figure out where you want to be, even if it's in the "yellow" area and then figure out if you lost weight healthily, losing up to 5-6lbs a week, what is a realistic end time for your goal?
For me, my goal is a size 8. I don't care if the scale says 180lbs, as long as I am in a size 8 I don't care. 8 is for some reason the number I am stuck on. I also don't want my thighs to rub together anymore.
Interesting finds: I was googling for images of "thighs that don't touch" ... You would be SHOCKED at the number of women feel exactly the same way ... I want thighs that don't touch. I thought I was the only one ... But, here's the first image I found:
Here's something else I found ... someone else obsessed with their thighs not touching that lead them, at age 10 to eating disorders, the blog is called Living For Today ... She's very inspirational and honest.
Perhaps I need to re-evaluate both of my goals. Take Marilyn Monroe for instance, she was a 12/14 her entire career. She was voluptuous and beautiful. Maybe my version of "beautiful and sexy" is based upon society rather than upon reality and true beauty.