So, do our chubby thighs and seems-like-well-never-shed-it baby weight always spell disaster? Is there any silver lining at all? Maybe. Here are five surprising things you may not know about weightand why a few extra pounds arent always as bad as you think.
MYTH No. 1: A high BMI means you need to shed pounds.
FACT: Body mass index, or BMI, is a good starting to point to determine if youre in shape because it is a simple number that takes into account both height and weight. (You can easily check your BMI using a calculator). But it isnt perfectfar from it.
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BMI does not take into account physical fitness or bone structure, and it doesn't differentiate between weight gained at a muscle-building camp or weight gained at McDonalds.
So if youre packing a lot of musclesay, if youre a bodybuilding maleyou may end up with a BMI in the obese range. (For example, at the peak of his bodybuilding career, Arnold Schwarzenegger had a BMI of 33, which is considered obese.)
Keri Gans, a registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association spokesperson, measures her clients BMI during a consultation, but takes the number with a grain of salt. “The key is muscle,” she says. “A bodybuilder might have a BMI thats almost obese, when hes just really, really built with a lot of muscle.”