## Healthy BMI Range

Body Mass Index, or commonly known as BMI, is a measurement of choice used by physicians to check whether you have healthy weight or not. The BMI is derived from a mathematical formula that factors in the person’s height as well as his/her weight. A healthy BMI has nothing to do with how one looks. As mentioned above, a healthy BMI range lies between 18.5 to 24.9. A thin person with lots of muscle can have a higher BMI than the larger sized person whose weight constitutes mostly of fat rather than muscle.

## How Does BMI Differ Among Adults

BMI in adults works as a health index. Someone between 18 to 25 BMI has a healthy weight. Such people have lesser chances to contract diseases. As the BMI goes up, chances of contracting a disease also increase and this risk becomes dangerous if the BMI crosses 30. Hence it is important to keep a check on one’s BMI very regularly.

There are different types of fat & this is where BMI lags as a measurement unit. It cannot tell whether the weight is due to the muscle of the fat. This means sportspersons into Bodybuilding will usually have a higher BMI but they’ll still be healthy as it is coming from muscle and not fat. To check this, one must always check their waist size along with their BMI.

## How do you calculate BMI?

The BMI is calculated by dividing the person’s weight in kilograms by his/her height in square meters (BMI = kg/m2). However, you don’t need to fret over the calculations as there are lots of free bmi calculators available online. The result tells you how healthy you are.

So if you weighed 85 kg and your height is 1.5 metres then you will work out your BMI like this:

85 ÷ 1.5 ÷ 1.5 = 31.1

• Less than 18.5 = Underweight
• 18.5 to 24.9 = Healthy weight
• 25 to 29.9 = Overweight
• 30 or higher = Obese

## Steps towards a healthy BMI

Reducing your BMI to a normal range can seem like a daunting task but it can be achieved if you follow a few steps

1. Get more sleep: Research* says that lack of sleep can lead to weight gain. Getting a good amount of sleep prevents weight gained by late night snacks.
2. Eat lesser calories: In order to reduce your BMI, you need to eat lesser than you burn.
3. Hydrate: Regular hydration is a golden rule one often forgets. Keeping yourself regularly hydrated is highly advisable to maintain a healthy body.
4. Eat Regularly: Ensure that you eat in short quantities but eat regularly. A healthy diet taken in small and regular quantities brings about a large change in your well-being.