Health and fitness are extremely important components in anyone’s life and there are many individuals who give a lot of focus to maintaining them. Certain details have risen to the forefront of gym goers and health conscious people’s thinking in recent years and one of the prime examples is their body mass index (BMI). This is a figure based on somebody’s height and weight and is generally seen as a good guide for helping you to monitor your overall health.

It is important to acknowledge that because of the way the BMI scale works it is often not an accurate indicator of a bodybuilder or an athlete’s health. According to the NHS, a BMI reading of less than 18.5 for an adult is a suggestion that they are underweight. The next band up from this is 18.5 to 24.9 and this is said to be the most healthy category and important to try to stay within.

Those with a BMI of 25 to 30 are classified as possibly being overweight for their height and the experts warn of the risks of such conditions as diabetes and heart disease. With a reading of over 30 you are at an even more increased risk and weight loss should be seen as a necessary measure.