Bog Roll ::

It's Not Magic, It's Work!

01 Feb 2016

BMI

Yesterday I hit my target weight of 65.1 kg, which gives me a BMI of 22.5, which was the target I set for my self last year. I don't really track my daily weight, my main measurement is my 7-day average, which is what I want to get down to that level - and stay at that level.

I'm actually aiming for a target weight of 64.1 kg, at which point I'll add food back to my diet and try to stabilise it. When I add food back to my diet - I want to stop losing weight - I'll probably add on a bit of weight, hence my current target is less than my long term target.

I picked the BMI score out of thin air, being somewhere in the middle of the WHO/NHS healthy range of 18.5 to 25. It's not an exact science, and as I said right at the start I don't really trust the BMI as anything other than a rough guide...

More important measurements are things like waist to height ratio and the similar waist to hip ratio. Both are better indicators of long term health/morbidity than BMI. Though they are both simple to measure in principle, they are actually a pain to measure in practice... Even accepting that they are a pain to accurately measure, my trouser size (which is a good approximation) has shrunk from a 36" to 30" (in UK vanity sizing), which is a decent 6"/15.25 cm reduction...

My next challenge is to get my 7-day average to the right level and then stay there...