At that time, I was not overweight and yet according to this stupid chart I was. I based my worth and confidence off of that number, and I shouldn't have. I have an athletic build with broad shoulders and am naturally muscular. I build muscle easily, which also means my body packs on fat easily.
(I fall under Mesomorph, an overweight mesomorph, but one none the less). You can find a calculator to determine where you fall HERE Side note: No matter my weight (I've been everywhere between 145-220), I never have hips. I can't keep pants up for the life of me. What the heck?
No matter how much I lose or how small I am, I will never look like an ectomorph. Think Kate Moss, Audrey Hepburn. Ectomorphs are naturally skinny with little muscle definition, narrow shoulders, small chested. That is not me, at least without some major surgery. I would make myself sick trying to look like them.
I also cannot be an endomorph. I don't gain weight the same, and I don't have a hard time losing pounds. (Which means I have even less of an excuse to be the weight I am). Think Oprah here.
There are healthy variations of all these body types. We have no control over where we fall, it's all genetically pre-determined and yet BMI does not take this into account. It's pounds vs height only. I know all this, I believe all this, and yet I can't get that pesky number out of my mind. I still want to fall within the "healthy" BMI range.
When I started all this just over 2 months ago, my BMI was 33.5. As of my weigh-in this past Sunday, I am at 31.8. By their definition, this makes me obese. It's hard to type those words and see it in black and white. But it's the truth. Anything over 30 is obese. To be at a "normal" weight, I need a BMI under 25 which is roughly 144 lbs for my height.
I have decided to track my BMI throughout this process again. Not to necessarily define my health or my worth by this number, but rather as a guideline for myself. Mainly out of plain curiosity.
What are everyone's thoughts on BMI? Like it or no?