Don't Rely on BMI

True Story


Was at a physicians office recently & they asked me to get on the scale (I’m really not a fan of scales, in fact I don’t own one). But I got on the scale.


The nurse said with the happiest tone of voice & with a great big smile “oh you lost x amount of pounds”  and I replied “what?!! ... NO!! and she said “no, it’s a “good thing” and I said “no, it means I probably lost muscle” to which I received a blank stare back.



At the end of the appointment the doc sat with me to review my visit and among other things said your BMI is normal or whatever (she lost me at BMI) “so that’s good”. 



For those that don’t know, BMI stands for Body Mass Index.  BMI is an attempt to quantify the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat, and bone) in an individual, and then categorize that person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on that value.


IMO, All it’s doing is measuring a person’s thickness or thinness based solely on height & weight - they aren’t measuring each person’s bone density, body fat percentage, how much water is in their body etc 

It’s inaccurate & archaic. 


Example: If you’re a bodybuilder, muscle weighs more than fat so depending on height & weight, you could technically fall into the overweight category of the BMI pretty easily.


Example 2: you can fall in the normal range of BMI but have a high percentage of body fat & very little muscle - which may not be optimal for overall health.


You’d think with all the funding pouring into medical studies, that western medicine would’ve come up with something better by now. 


I think a big determining factor of health is to get honest with yourself about how you feel. Do you feel vibrant, healthy, strong, alert? Are you active at least 4-5 times/week? If the answer is yes, then maybe don’t get too attached to that BMI number.  If the answer is no, there are other (more accurate) ways to assess bone mass/water qty/body fat percentage/weight ratios & if you still don’t fall within healthy ranges, then perhaps you seek out some experts to help you feel your best.  


I’d be happy to work with you, if you’re interested email or message me for more information on my lifestyle management program. I’m not affiliated with any MLM programs & I don’t sell supplements {I might recommend some but I don’t make money off of them}, this is just you + me one on one getting real + honest about what your goals are & what you’re actually willing to do to get there. 



Ending this by saying if you’re on a weight loss journey, be proud of all that you’re doing & I’m not discounting that in any way, shape or form. I’ve been overweight, I know how much work it is to shed those extra pounds. But if you don’t already know, it’s just as hard to gain & keep muscle especially when you’re older.


Jules Upton original meme BMI.JPG

There are different levels of truth

There are different levels of truth...

What I mean by this is 9 years ago placing my hands shoulder width distance apart in downdog was a truth I learned & strictly adhered to. I accepted this truth with every fiber of my being & (irresponsibly) never took the time to seek out any other information ...meanwhile I continued to add undue pressure to my traps, shoulders, SCM, etc.


As of 5 months ago, that truth evolved into something else. Hey, better late than never 


moral of the story is two fold

1. the truth is fluid 

what is true one day may not be true the next {and that doesn’t mean the first truth was necessarily a lie}

2. not everything you learn in a yoga class or in YTT is true for you (or your students) continuing education is vital **this includes our own exploration of our practice & how things feel when we make little tweaks


And this doesn’t just apply to yoga. I learned different truths in the weight room, on the treadmill, in the ocean, from observing humans in their natural habitat, etc..