We're on a mission, friends.
We want to change the way the world thinks about their health, nutrition, and exercise one person at a time.
We can so relate to Christine, who shares in the following video that she felt trapped in her body and overwhelmed by all the conflicting information thrown at us daily in terms of what to eat (and mostly, what to not eat). We know all too well that following the latest trends without a foundation of nutrition science knowledge is a recipe for frustration. Click play below to learn how Christine overcame her initial fears to reach out to us and has since maintained her new lifestyle for nearly a year!
And for today's PSA, we want to share with you this little truth bomb!
BMI vs. BMR
BMI... that pesky number you identified in the doctor's office one time that put you in some arbitrary category based on a formula related to your weight. Technically speaking, your Body Mass Index is equal to your body mass (weight in kg) divided by the square of your height. But who decided what criteria classifies someone as ranging from underweight to extremely obese? Does it take into account muscle mass? Water weight? Bone structure? The answer is no, it doesn't!
The origin of BMI dates back to the 1830’s when Adolphe Quetelet, a Belgian astronomer, mathematician, statistician, and sociologist begin developing his study of “social physics.” The term “Body Mass Index” first appeared in 1972 when an American Physiologist named Ancel Keys coined the term we know today.
Generalizing ranges of proportionate height and weight ratios might be useful when looking at the bigger picture, but this does not account for variation at the individual level. For example, there are many performance athletes who fall into the overweight category on a BMI chart due to a solid amount of muscle mass.
This is why we choose to focus on your BMR or Basal Metabolic Rate which calculates your body’s caloric requirements to support baseline functions, or how many calories you’d burn if you stayed in bed all day. While there are various methods to calculate BMR, we love our InBody machine which uses bio-electrical impedance technology to identify lean muscle mass along with other factors contributing to body weight. This number helps us design a fool-proof, scientific blueprint to get you from A to Z and to stay there for a lifetime. It's not for the whole world, it's not for one gender or age group only... this blueprint is created for unique YOU, and no two programs are alike.
Check out this most recent InBody scan from Green Door Life team member, Chandley. His BMI classifies him as overweight, and yet at 5’10” and 182 pounds, his body fat is 14%. This just goes to show that there is so much more to the number on the scale or your BMI, especially if you’re crushing workouts in our training app consistently! So, we like to tell our clients that the next time they go to the doctor’s office and are told that their BMI is off the charts: flex your guns and hit ‘em with your BMR!
One more shout out to Christine, who has helped us spread the word and reach more people than ever before! We love you, Christine!
We're now accepting applications from individuals who are committed to launching their health goals into the next stratosphere.
If this is you, schedule your discovery call now to learn more about how we can support you and your unique goals!
Yours in health,
Shannon & Lisa