Weight Management: Knowing Your BMI and Watching What You Eat

Through the Living Smart Quiz, you identified some of your diet and exercise habits. Before setting your new lifestyle goals, it will be helpful to determine your current body mass index (BMI). BMI takes into account both your height and your weight to determine whether you are at a healthy weight.

Adult BMI Scale

Enter your height and weight in the scale below to determine your BMI – Body Mass Index. A BMI of 19-24 is the healthy weight range, a BMI of 25-29 is the overweight range, and a BMI of 30 and above is in the obese range.

BMI Calculator

HeightFeet
Inches
WeightPounds
Computed BMI:
30+Obese
25 - 25.9Overweight
18.5 - 24.9Normal
18.4 & UnderUnderweight
Once you know your BMI, you can determine healthy eating habits.

Food Journal

Keeping a food journal—keeping track of what you eat and drink each day—is a great way to begin to make changes in your diet. Writing things down not only will give you insight into what and how much you eat and drink, but also can help you uncover why, what and when you are eating. You’ll figure out if particular times of the day are challenging for you and if certain circumstances (or people) cause you to overeat. You will also be able to see at a glance if you need to add more vegetables to your days, less sugar to your nights and whether you need to walk past the vending machine on your way to meetings. Keeping a food journal is easy— click here to begin using My Food Journal, an online tool, or click here for a printer-friendly PDF Food Journal.

Tips for keeping a food journal:

  • Write down everything. Keep your notebook with you and write down everything you eat or drink. Above all, be honest with yourself.
  • Don’t wait. Don’t wait until the end of the day to fill in your journal. Write it down as your eat or drink. 
  • Be specific. If you ate cereal for breakfast, what kind was it? Add sugar or cream to your coffee? Did you dip French fries in ketchup?
Keeping your journal for at least a week will help you identify triggers that may cause you to overeat—or eat when you are not even hungry. You may start to see, for example, that every day in the office at 10 a.m., you take a break with coworkers and have a muffin with your midmorning coffee, but you’re not even hungry. You may find out that a stressful day with your kids causes you to reach for the refrigerator; that you tend to snack mindlessly while you watch TV; or that you turn to food when you are bored. When you are aware of these clues to your eating patterns, you can start to change them. And that’s the beauty and benefit of keeping a food journal!

Kohl’s Breast Health for Women Community

The American Cancer Society and Kohl’s Cares want to give you the tools you need to succeed and that’s why we’ve created the Kohl’s Breast Health for Women Community. This interactive online dashboard allows you to keep a food journal and exercise log, set up reminders for your screenings and be part of a community of women who are looking for support and motivation – just like you.  CLICK HERE to create a profile and track your progress as you make healthy choices and Reduce Your Risk of breast cancer.