Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a way to look at your body weight relative to your height. It is a scientifically-based index that categorizes you as being underweight, normal, overweight or obese, and also lets you know about your risk for developing obesity-associated diseases.
Body Mass Index or BMI is only an estimate of obesity. BMI may falsely identify heavily muscled individuals as obese and fail to identify as obese those with excess body fat at normal body weight.
What the Results Mean
Based on your BMI calculation, you can determine your classification based on the chart below. Individuals with a BMI value of 25 and higher may be at increased risk for certain obesity-related conditions.
Using your BMI results as a starting point, you can create a personalized approach to healthier living through your Distributor’s trusted support and our science-based nutrition and weight-management products.
- Below 20 = slender-lean
- 20 to 25 = ideal weight range
- 25-30 = overweight (25-27 could be healthy range if large-boned and heavily muscled)
- 30 and above = very overweight / high risk
Many people have a particular part of their body in mind when they wish to lose fat but did you know that carrying excess fat around the stomach or tummy area is riskier than extra fat carried around the bottom or thighs?
Men in particular and ‘Apple’ shaped women can tend to carry excess fat around the tummy area which is linked to a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart problems . The good news is that you can lose this fat by making sustainable changes to your lifestyle, such as eating less and moving more.
Losing weight is a journey, one that requires a lifestyle change and patience. But no matter how long your personal journey, you’ll have the support from your Independent Herbalife Member who will be able to help you to make a positive change.
Every pound of fat is equivalent to 3500 calories so a reduction of at least 500 calories a day will result in a steady sustainable loss of 1-2lbs a week. For most women, this means an intake of about 1200kcals and for men about 1800kcals but varies depending on build and exercise.
If your BMI is in the normal range but you wish for example to have slimmer thighs etc. you may need to take a slightly different approach. You may not need to reduce your calorie intake but it’s never a bad idea to overhaul your diet and make sure you are eating healthily. Also focus on taking regular aerobic exercise and twin this with specific exercises to tone those specific areas. Again, your Independent distributor can advise.