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Which Matters More: BMI or Body Fat?

When it comes to health and exercise, numbers are often the most important thing. If you want to know how healthy you are generally, though, the argument between BMI (body mass index) and body fat ratio is often what people talk about. So, which number is more important? Let’s break it down.

How do you find your BMI?

To find a person’s body mass index (BMI), split their weight in pounds by their height in feet and inches. Here is a calculator online to find your BMI. 

People are put into groups based on their numbers, such as underweight, average weight, overweight, or obese.  Although BMI is a quick and easy way to check someone’s weight, it does have some flaws. Because BMI doesn’t separate muscle mass from fat mass, people who are physically fit but have a higher muscle-to-fat ratio may be considered overweight or obese.

How do you measure body fat ratio?

Body fat ratio, on the other hand, shows how much fat a person has compared to their total body weight. In addition to fat, this measure takes into account the weight of muscle, bone, water, and organs, giving a more complete picture of body makeup. Several tools, such as calipers, bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), and hydrostatic weighing, can be used to measure body fat percentage. There are some differences in how accurate and easy these methods are to use, but they all give useful information about health and fitness in general.

Which Number is More Important?

Both BMI and body fat percentage can tell you a lot about your health, but how much they mean to you depends on your specific situation. If a person has a healthy muscle-to-fat ratio, their BMI can give you a general idea of their weight situation. BMI may not truly show an athlete’s or person with a lot of muscle mass’s real level of health, though.

Body fat ratio, on the other hand, takes muscle mass and body makeup into account and gives a more complete picture of health. It gives information about health risks like heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome that may be linked to having too much body fat.

The Verdict

Body fat ratio gives a more complete picture of health and fitness than BMI, which is a good way to check if someone is overweight. People should try to find a balance between the two by keeping their weight at a healthy level and focusing on improving their body structure through healthy eating and regular exercise. In the end, it’s important to put your health and happiness ahead of a single number on the scale.