## Saturday, October 23, 2010

### Waist-to-Hip Ratio...did you ever check?

I have always heared of BMI (Body Mass Index) Calculations, but I came across "Waist-to-Hip Ratio Calculator" on www.sparkpeople.com and it is so neat. I haven't done that calculation until today! You guys should check it out for those who are health conscious. It shows your health risk, because a lot of the time for BMI, it may not give a true readout because some people have a lot of muscle which weighs more than fat but they are leaner. And the BMI Calculator measures weight and height and does a calculation. But I can attest that is wrong because I am wearing clothing from when I was 10 pounds smaller but my BMI looks different but, now I know I have more muscle because I strength train pretty much everyday and I can see my muscles...and feelthem in there. So I think for health risk this is a good calculation.

So I did mine and I got:

Result: Estimated Health Risk:  Estimated Body Shape:
0.80 or below Low Pear

CALCULATE yours HERE!

Since storing excessive fat in the abdominal region (known as the "apple" shape) is correlated with an increased disease risk, this test is one way to measure your risk for lifestyle and weight-related diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and more. Storing fat in your lower half, known as a "Pear" shape, is actually a healthier site for fat accumulation. The less common "avocado" shape is somewhere between an apple and a pear, with health risks higher than a pear-shaped person, but somewhat lower than a true apple-shaped person.

So I am a PEAR...I knew that hehehe

Pear Shape (Low Health Risk)
If you’re a pear shape, you tend to carry most of your weight in your hips, thighs and buttocks. Storing fat in your lower half is actually a healthier site for fat accumulation. Research shows that storing fat here may actually protect you against cardiovascular disease. In one study of 1,356 women, ages 60-85, Danish researchers found that those with excessive fat in the arms, legs, hips and buttocks had less atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) than those who stored most fat in their abdominal area and other central parts of the body.

The other shapes are Apple and Avocado...you can read more HERE at SparkPeople

So this is just another little tool I found.... I just love SparkPeople! (Info from SP)