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Your BMI is 21

BMI is a useful tool that indicates overweight or obesity but it may not be a precise indicator of obesity, as body proportions and muscle mass are not part of the equation that determines the BMI. It measures body fat through a simple ratio of height to weight, so for people with a large bone structure or large muscle mass, it may not be precise.

Your BMI is in the healthy range! A healthy lifestyle involves many choices and among them is a balanced diet or a healthy eating plan. If you are currently at a healthy weight, you are already one step ahead of the game! However, keep in mind that in order to stay at a healthy weight, you will have to do a little planning. Weight gain can be prevented by choosing a lifestyle that includes healthy eating habits and daily physical activity.

As we age, our body composition gradually shifts in the way that the proportion of muscles decreases, while the proportion of fat increases, slowing down metabolism and making it easier to gain weight. Whatever your current body weight is, remember that it is important to maintain a positive outlook and focus on the steps whether you need to take to keep your current body weight, or lose a few pounds.

Your BMI of 21 shows that you are of a healthy weight. There is no reason to take weight loss surgery into consideration and diet should only be adopted for short periods of time.

Useful information: If you have a BMI of 29 or greater than 29 a bariatric surgery procedure will be needed. The weight loss surgery costs can vary from $7,000 to $23,000 depending on the type of procedure you require.

In normal conditions, your body needs a certain amount of each nutrient on a daily basis, so that it can function optimally. To avoid health problems that a lack of vitamins or minerals may cause, try to keep your nutrient intake as close to the list beyond as possible:

Your Daily Nutrients Need
Total Carbohydrate 130.0 g
Dietary Fiber 25.0 g
Linoleic Acid 12000.0 mg
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1100.0 mg
Protein 33.0 g
Vitamin A 2333.0 IU
Vitamin C 75.0 mg
Vitamin D 200.0 IU
Vitamin E 15.0 mg
Vitamin K 90.0 mcg
Thiamin 1.1 mg
Riboflavin 1.1 mg
Niacin 14.0 mg
Vitamin B6 1.3 mg
Folate 400.0 mcg
Vitamin B12 2.4 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 5.0 mg
Biotin 30.0 mcg
Choline 425.0 mg
Calcium 1000.0 mg
Chromium 25.0 mcg
Copper 0.9 mg
Fluoride 3.0 mg
Iodine 150.0 mcg
Iron 8.0 mg
Magnesium 310.0 mg
Manganese 1.8 mg
Molybdenum 45.0 mcg
Phosphorus 700.0 mg
Selenium 55.0 mcg
Zinc 8.0 mg


The above recommendations are only estimates of your minimum needs, and illness or any genetic individuality is not taken into account. Furthermore, these recommendations are specific to women with ages between 19 and 30, and may differ from the standardized Daily Values used on nutrition facts labels.

Before committing to any exercise plan, it is recommended that you consult with your physician first. As a general guideline, remember that you should be able to take part in a short conversation while you exercise, without shortness of breath.

  • Since there is a definite link between physical inactivity and heart diseases, it is vital to implement cardio exercise into a daily or at least weekly routine. Many of these exercises require little or no special equipment and can be done whenever and wherever you have time. Walking, running and jumping rope is part of this category.
  • Physical inactivity causes a weakness of the body and weakness leads to a number of health issues. Just like cardio exercises, strength training exercises can include some that need no equipment and can be done anywhere, anytime: squats, push-ups, lunges and the plank for core strength are all good options when it comes to building muscle.
  • Once you develop a habit of regular physical activity, stretching needs to play an important role in your routine. Stretching exercises improve flexibility thus minimizing the risk of injuries and helping your joints to function optimally.