Body Mass Index
One way to determine if you’re carrying around too much weight (and probably not enough muscle) is to calculate your body mass index (BMI). BMI is just one indicator of good health, but it’s a good place to start. A lower BMI indicates you’re more likely to be healthy.
Here’s How To Figure Your BMI:
What Your BMI Means:
Below you’ll find a guide for calculating your caloric needs if you’re lightly to moderately active (you’re not a couch potato but you don’t work out five times a week at the gym, either). You’ll need 20 percent to 30 percent more calories if you’re very physically active (you regularly participate in competitive sports, run, or go to exercise classes or the gym and spend little time just sitting and watching TV or reading).
For men: Multiply your goal or ideal weight by 13.5 to get your daily calorie needs.
from HEALTH matter magazine Aug/Sept 2009
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