BMI calculation for women
The Basal Metabolism Index makes us able to evaluate where a person fits in the corpulence norms. This index has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is aimed at detecting malnourishment and overweightness of adult people.
The BMI process is the same for men and women. But it doesn't mean there aren't some differences in the calculation.
The BMI for women
Reliable and precise, the BMI calculator is a tool so simple that it was made to work for both men and women.
Nonetheless, the analysis of the results should be tempered : the body types of men and women are really different. For example, on the women side, obesity starts at 30 on the BMI scale. But this obesity can be seen even when at 29,9. On the men side, obesity isn't apparent before reaching 31,5 of BMI. So the "visual reality" of men compared to their BMI can be deceiving.
Weight gain in women's population
Genetically speaking, females have a higher chance of taking weight than males. They are also statistically more enclined to eat between lunch.
But this weight gain has hormonal roots (birth control pills for example) and women have a higher adipocytes level than men which means more fat cells.
On a physical level, women's weight gain is mostly on the lower part of the body : the chest, the hips, thighs, and bottom. Fat accumulate in those areas, often to form what is popularly called "saddlebags".
Your BMI results will help you know the shape you're in and a goal to reach if you want to match your perfect weight. If you want advice on how to get there, contact a doctor
Weight loss : which diet should you trust ?
After calculating your BMI, you may have to work to gain or lose weight. This step is when you must seek the help of a specialist. Here's why.
Forget about magazine diet plans
Starting a diet is like throwing yourself to the wolves, you often don't know how your metabolism is gonna react. And the methods advised in those magazine diet plans are not necessarily tailored to your metabolism.
That's why you should ask a doctor before starting any kind of diet. Only a professionnal can determine a reasonnable diet adapted to your needs and lifestyle. For a diet to be working, it must take into account your daily routine and habits. Moreover, with the help of a licensed doctor, you will get regular check-ups on your progress.
During your diet, don't hesitate to look for healthy receipes using ingredients you like, in order to avoid any frustration. A diet should not be a torture, and if it becomes one, it's not the right for you !
Even when the diet plans you find seem too complicated, you can improve on your weight by getting some healthy habits in your daily routine. Here are some tips to maintain or balance your BMI :
- Move ! Inactivity is the biggest enemy of a healthy BMI. Physical exercise, whether in a sports hall, alone or with a team, is essential to get in shape. Even 30 minutes of walking or running every day, just to decompress, is a great way to start.
- Drink water ! You should at least drink 1,5 liters of water everyday to ease your digestion. Water can also reduce your hunger.
- Snacking is over ! You are forbidden from any snacks you could eat between meals. If you're still hungry after breakfast; lunch, or diner, it's because there are not balanced properly. However, if you really need to eat a snack, take a fruit : less calories, and more energy.
In summary, if you need to gain or lose many pounds of weight, you should ask for the advice of a doctor. If you're not far from your ideal weight, try to balance your diet. Is your diet really fitting your needs ? Do you eat at the right time and the right amount of food ? These are questions you should ask yourself. If you have any doubt, nutritionnists and professionnals of health are there to help !