BMI or Body Mass Index is currently the go-to measurement for people wanting to lose weight. It works pretty simply, using only your height and weight to calculate your measure of fatness. Unfortunately, its accuracy is controversial since it doesn’t account for high muscle mass (muscle being much heavier than fat) – and in my case, doesn’t account for the 20 lbs. of fluid weight I’ve recently lost through dialysis.
When you have a chronic illness, it’s a better bet to skip generalized measuring systems like BMI. They can be too vague at best and just plain wrong at worst, leaving you to start a weight loss plan (or any other type of plan) with a foundation of bad information. There are other, more accurate ways to measure body fat.