I found this “Top 10” list on National Public Radio’s (NPR) website rather interesting. It’s titled, “Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus" and it can be found here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106268439. Basically, the article states that BMI is mathematical nonsense that was invented 200 years ago by a Belgian named. Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, who goes on to state that it should not be used to measure the level of fat in an individual.
I, myself, use a body fat analyzer to track my progress. The reason is that weight itself doesn’t give me a thorough idea of my current state. I must be losing fat, and try to hold on to as much lean body mass as I can. This was important when I was attempting to lift weights (but I haven’t ever since I tore my rotator cuff) to justify the extra weight I was gaining as lean muscles. I use the Omron Body Fat Analyzer HBF-306C (http://www.amazon.com/Omron-Monitor-model-HBF-306C-Black/dp/B000FYZMYK). Maybe not this exact model, because mine is a few generations old, but it’s the same concept. I try to do this every week at the same time (usually Saturday mornings when I’m not rushed) because I try to make sure that my body is in same state (No new food in body, no water, etc) Make sure that you’re properly hydrated or else the reading may be off because it uses electric currents that run throughout your body to get a reading.
Keeping physical proof of my progress is a great motivator and gives me up to date information on where I stand. I encourage everybody to try it out for themselves.