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A 19-year-old male asked:

Is it healthy if my bmi says im overweight but its muscle with low body fat?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
BMI: is not an absolute "tool" and people with higher than average muscle mass may "score" in the "overweight" range! Hope this is helpful Dr Z
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
May be: It is okay for a person to have a high BMI with low body fat and muscular physique. I trust that you are muscular because you exercise and not due to taking steroids. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Yes: Keep it up, so that this muscle mass won't turn into fat. The main idea is to be active and stay active as much as you can, eat healthy, sleep well, avoid alcohol and smoking,and enjoy your health, best wishes

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