If you believe you’re one of those individuals who’s BMI is not accurate due to significant muscle mass, then here’s another way to check for a healthy weight. Using a tape measure, wrap the tape around your body at the midpoint between your lowest rib and your hip bone. Then check your hip circumference by measuring at the widest part of your hips (usually around your butt). Divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement for your ratio with a target of .9 or lower.
A second measurement of value is your waist to height ratio, which according to a 2010 study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism showed that waist to height ratio is better than BMI, waist circumference, or waist-to-hip ratio for predicting your risk of a heart attack, stroke or death from heart disease. Your target ratio for waist-to-height is .5 or lower.