What is BMI?
BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is a measurement that
compares your weight and height and is often used as a simple way to
identify obesity. BMI is defined as your body weight (kg) divided by
the square of your height (m).
Generally, a BMI below 18.5 suggests that you are
underweight, while a BMI of 18.5 to 25 indicates optimal weight. A BMI
above 25 may indicate that you are overweight. A value above 30 tends
to suggest obesity.
What is BMR?
BMR stands for Basal Metabolic Rate. It is an
estimate of the number of calories you would burn if you were to do
nothing but rest for 24 hours. This represents the minimum amount of
energy required to keep your body functioning.
Your BMR depends upon your age, height, weight, and
sex. As you grow older, shorter, and lose weight, your BMR goes down.
This means that your body requires less energy and hence you will need
to eat less and/or exercise more in order to maintain your weight.