Your BMI (body mass index) is a term that lets you know about your overall body composition in terms of fat. Your BMR ( basal metabolic rate) is a the term that lets you know how much energy your body needs to tick over.
Your BMI and BMR can both be calculated on our calculator below.
Your BMI is thought to be a useful tool for determining whether or not you are overweight, obese or at risk of becoming overweight or obese.
BMI does not take into account the difference between muscle and fat, and if you are rather muscly then your BMI number may not give you a true indication of your overall body/fat composition.
Use our calculators below to work out yours
A BMI of less than 18.5 is considered to be underweight. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered to be a normal, healthy weight, whilst a BMI of 25 or over is considered to be overweight. A BMI of 30 to 34.9 is considered to be obese, a BMI of 35 to 39.9 is considered to be obesity II and a BMI of 40 or more is considered to be morbidly obese.
Your BMR is more tricky to work out you can use our calculator below.
The number you get after calculating your daily calorie needs tells you the amount of calories you need to take in to maintain your current weight.
General calorie guidelines state that you shouldn’t take in less than 1200 calories per day if you are a woman or less than 1800 calories per day if you are a man. The general guidelines suggest that you shouldn’t reduce your daily calorie by more than 1000 per day as this could interfere with your overall health, your metabolism and wellbeing.
In order to lose weight it is suggested that you reduce calorie intake by approximately 15% but it is important to note that if you are breastfeeding you should be consuming an extra 300-500 calories a day to help your body produce milk. So for example if you are breastfeeding and want to lose weight we suggest working out your BMR (including exercise which we calculate in the calculator above), then reducing the calorie intake by 15% then adding on at least another 300 calories.
Whilst your BMI and BMR are very important, they are not the only important numbers that you should pay attention to. Even if your BMI is perfect and you are eating the right calories per day as per your daily calorie needs as calculated by your BMR, you still need to have regular check-ups with your doctor to ensure that your cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood glucose levels are in check.
If you are ready to lose weight then The Healthy Mummy plans offer a healthy and safe exercise and diet routine that are safe if you are breastfeeding.