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22 Feb 2004

Body Mass Index
Hallo guys, thanks for a great forum. It really is great to read and I have gained some valuable info. I have increased my BMI to 23.2. My fat percentage is about 12%. I do not want to become overly bulky but want to stay lean. What is the ideal BMI to strive for while at the same time staying athletic, flexible and supple?

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01 Jan 0001

Mr. Lean,

There are numerous valuable tools that the fitness industry uses to measure and ascertain the exact physical profile of the general population. We all make the differentiation between the general population and the active population because a whole different set of rules applies to each group.

For the active population BMI is never really an accurate description of physical well-being as a result of the fact that only two variables are taken into account i.e. body mass and the square of one's stature (height). When one deals with a person with a large frame or someone who is muscular the BMI could give what seems to be a worrying or dangerous result when in actual fact the person in question may merely be muscular and in excellent health.

What I suggest is that you don't even consult a scale but rather the mirror and your clothes. If you look good and healthy and lean in the mirror then that is fine. If your clothes are not uneccesarily tight and are of agoodsixe then you are fine. For a more in-depth evaluation consult your Biokineticist for a body fat% tests and then have that result compared to norms for age etc. These, to me are all much better ways of evaluating physical well-being.

As for your body fat% being 12%: that is very good. Average body fat % for males is 15 to 20% and good body fat % is 10 to 15% so you're well within that range.

Keep well,

Conrad Booysen-Biokineticist
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