So many pageant girls make looking good in a swimsuit so easy. But what many people do not realize is that perfect bikini body is often the product of hard work and commitment to a healthy diet and exercise routine. A pageant girl's diet does not consist of starvation and hours on a treadmill. It is about adopting a healthy lifestyle and working to achieve long, lean muscles. In fact, most healthy workout plans require you to eat more that what you're currently eating. But, it's important to note that you're eating more of the right foods. (Click to Find a Personal Trainer Near You Who Can Help You Create a Plan)
So how do you know if you are at an acceptable weight? A common misconception about pageantry is that you have to look like the Miss Universe, Miss USA or Miss America contestants in order to compete. That's simply not true. There are literally thousands of different pageant systems that cater to everyone ranging from plus size girls to senior citizens to toddlers.
If you don't believe me then look at our pageant directory. You'll discover that regardless of where you live and what size you are there is a pageant for you. My favorite way to look at making sure you are healthy for your height and weight is to calculate something called your BMI. This is your body mass index that takes into consideration your height and weight. Here is how to calculate it and interpret your results:
To do this calculation, you will take your body weight in pounds and divide that number by your height in inches squared (your height in inches multiplied by your height in inches). Take that value and multiply it by 705. This value is your BMI. Take this number and find which range it falls under in the chart below.
The key to making sure you are healthy for your height and weight is being in the healthy range. If you are underweight, you may want to see an outpatient dietitian to help you get to the healthy weight range. Judges will take points off for looking too skinny. If you find yourself needing workout and diet tips, read look at our Diet and Exercise articles. Note: people with larger frame sizes can score BMIs that are slightly higher due to bone mass which makes your results slightly inaccurate. Since muscle weighs more than fat, some girls with more muscle mass may also get an overweight score, when they are just fine. Save
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