The Body Mass Index or BMI is the measurement of a person’s body fat one’s height or weight. Although this is widely used, it’s also always brushed aside. Now, what’s your BMI got to do with your daily food requirements and your nutritional needs? A lot, most experts would say. Getting your BMI would fill you in how appropriate your weight is to your height. It’s basically knowing if you are normal, obese or underweight. After knowing this, you would most likely adjust your eating habits. You can also calculate your BMI vis-à-vis your nutritional needs. That can give you a holistic picture of your present state and what should you eat.
For instance, you are a 26 year old woman, 155cm tall, with a current weight of 54 kg and you lead an active lifestyle, and 10 minutes of walking daily at 3.5 mph, level ground, then your BMI is 22.5 which is in normal range. When you exercise plus your daily energy expenditure, you burn 2245 kcal. Also, your recommended macronutrient distribution is going to be 45 to 65 percent in carbohydrates, 20 to 35 percent of fat and 10 to 35 percent or protein.
With this data in hand, you can now determine what food you have to eat and the approximate quantity. This doesn’t include the other recommended minimums on fiber, linoleic acid and all the other vitamins and minerals.
If you are going to make a food menu from the information you got, you would have to have some carbohydrates throughout the day, probably cereal, oatmeal or bread in the morning with a glass of milk with peanut butter and jelly, and for lunch a cup of rice, any lean meat, fish or poultry coupled with mixed vegetables and for dinner you can eat an apple or an orange or just yogurt.
Again, it what you need and don’t need what you should not eat!