Followup to thread-Trying to Calculate BMI

  1. Followup to thread-Trying to Calculate BMI

    This is a follow-up to this thread..
    Perfect diet/Cannot get rid of love handles

    I have been "cutting" for over a month now. I have put on weight ever so slightly. I am not sure if it is muscle. I don't see how it could be fat with the diet I have been eating, the cardio I have been doing, and my stack-ALCAR, CLA, Hydroxycut, Green Tea Extract, and the Mega Men "energy" vitamin from GNC. I have been going to the gym 5 days a week, sometimes twice a day..

    I am trying to get an accurate BMI done. I am not sure how to go about this.
    I don't think my BMI could be accurate. My reason for this is I am 5'9, My waist is 32 inches. All of my fat is in my midsection..If I don't have a lot of fat on my midsection as evidenced by my waist size, then my BMI is probably not accurate. Anyone have any easy solution to getting an accurate BMI? I have Google searched high and low for places in Pittsburgh to get it done. I can't find any.

  2. Why do you want to know your BMI? BMI is very inaccurate. Its just a ratio of total weight to height.

    Do you mean BMR? Basic Metabolic Rate?

  3. If you're talking about your BMR so you know how many calories to take in then the Harris Benedict Equation is pretty good:

    Women: BMR = 655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches ) - ( 4.7 x age in years )
    Men: BMR = 66 + ( 6.23 x weight in pounds ) + ( 12.7 x height in inches ) - ( 6.8 x age in year )

    Once you have your BMR than you can multiply this depending on how much activity you do:

    1. If you are sedentary (little or no exercise) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.2
    2. If you are lightly active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.375
    3. If you are moderatetely active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.55
    4. If you are very active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.725
    5. If you are extra active (very hard exercise/sports & physical job or 2x training) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.9

    Once you have your BMR and activity level sorted then it's just a case of reducing the calories by 500 in order to lose weight.

    There is more information and a calculator to workout your BMR at

  4. It would also be helpful to get a body fat caliper and take several measurements to figure out your BF%. it's helpful to have another person help out, though, since a lot of the measurements are in hard to reach places

  5. Actually I did a Google search and messaged someone in another forum. There is a place in Pittsburgh that has the Bod Pod..I called and am trying to get an appointment to get an accurate BMI done so I know where I am at.



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