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Kimberly
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2008/11/11 17:18:54 (permalink)

BMI

What can I buy or where can I go to get my BMI done? We don't have a place to get the underwater done where I live. I need to find this info. out to see if my goal weight is realistic. Thanks!
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    fitnessbuff
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    Re:BMI 2008/11/11 19:54:29 (permalink)
    My understanding is that BMI or Body Mass Index does not involve underwater weighing or anything like that. It's just a fancy way of determining whether you are too heavy for your height. My husband and I had our BMIs done for a life insurance physical exam right in our own home, and all the nurse did was take our height and our weight and plug it into a formula in a calculator. You could probably find someplace online to calculate it yourself by plugging in your height and weight numbers. Your doctor would be able to do that for you too and could probably recommend a healthy weight for you. Underwater weighing is to determine how much of your weight is fat (20% or 30% or whatever). You can also get this done (although a little less accurately) by the pinch test where someone does some measurements with a calipers on your abdomen and under your arm to see how much fat they can pinch there. Personal trainers and other fitness professionals are often trained to do this. Maybe your doctor's office could do it too.
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    Re:BMI 2008/11/11 20:42:29 (permalink)
    BMI is simply a formula.  You can do a search for "BMI calculator" online and you will find the formula.  You just plug in your height and weight.  The problem with BMI is that it doesn't account for muscle vs. fat.  So, sometimes athletes will have high BMIs when they aren't really overweight.
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    Beeah
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    Re:BMI 2008/11/11 21:40:52 (permalink)
    I use the ones on WebMD and Fitness Magzine websites, do a search and you'll find them
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    Re:BMI 2008/11/11 22:16:47 (permalink)
    Hi Kimberly,

    Some gyms have a BMI calculator.  It's like a small hand weight that you hold and it's supposedly accurate for BMI. I've found I always have to ask for it though.  Hope this helps.


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    Re:BMI 2008/11/12 08:53:42 (permalink)

    I usually go to a Local Gym and cost around $15-$20. If you call around your area they should be able to give you a bodyfat test even if you dont belong to the gym. I also have a Scale that measures bodyfat but prefer going to the gym to have it done.

     I agree tigger,

    I weigh 126-128 and 5'4" and by going by the chart  I'm at 22 BMI,When I had Bodyfat test done it was 16-17% last time I check.

    I dont go by the BMI Charts I find them To be not accurate for me,they are always higher since muscle weighs more then fat.

    post edited by Dawn - 2008/11/12 09:14:53
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    Dawn
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    Re:BMI 2008/11/12 09:10:38 (permalink)

    Does anyone else notice the BMI Index Charts to be not accurate?

    Here is a BMI Chart http://www.healthdiscovery.net/links/calculators/body_massindex_chart.htm

    post edited by Dawn - 2008/11/12 09:13:04
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    Re:BMI 2008/11/12 10:32:27 (permalink)
    Thanks for the info.  Dawn, what does the body fat test consist of that you get at the gym?
    I want to find out my fat to muscle ratio so I guess the only way to find this out is by getting a caliper. I have tried the indexes and charts but they aren't accurate. I have a scale but I have found that they are not accurate either.  Thanks again!
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    Dawn
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    Re:BMI 2008/11/12 10:55:01 (permalink)

    I had Calipers done and Bioelectrical impedance analysis done,Had to make sure I had no Caffiene no eating no exercise 4 hours  before the test and plenty of water and of course not on my monthy.

     They will tell you over the phone what you need to do. Here is a site to read more about certain bodyfat tests, not all is accurate but it may help you get at a close range on what your bodyfat is http://www.shapefit.com/body-fat-testing.html

    post edited by Dawn - 2008/11/12 10:55:35
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