Thread: BMI Outrage
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:59 AM   #45
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Thanks for the PM

To try and clarify this; the reason I gave Ricardo, Grimek and Schwarzenegger as examples is to show you a visual of what a muscular 26-30 actually looks like on a person in shape. And that is the key point I'm making, a muscular 26-30 is hard to achieve. A fat 26-30 is not hard to achieve. Going off the numbers you've posted I would posit that here:

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The Height you entered is 5 feet, 11.75 inches. The Weight you entered is 194 pounds. Your Calculated BMI is: 26.5
I highly doubt your actual bodyfat was 15%. If you went on a diet and lost 5% of pure fat you would be a very lean 8-10% bodyfat and 184lbs. This would sit you at 25 BMI which is almost the same condition as Ricardo and that is where I draw issue. There is no chance in hell that you would be 8-10% bodyfat at 184lbs, admittedly matching one of the best drug-free bodybuilders currently alive, after admittedly only training a brief period.

So do you see? My point isn't that BMI is ok, my point is that to get a high BMI and still be muscular and in-shape you would need to be in the same type of condition and carry the same level of muscle mass as Ricardo or Grimek. That paints a huge question mark for me.

I think that's where we're getting mixed up. I don't agree with BMI as it stands, however I don't think we should go off in the other direction and use it to justify what is quite obviously just higher bodyfat levels.
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