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||Calculate my body fat
People often focus on their weight, but
body-fat percentage is a better indicator of overall fitness. It is, however,
more difficult to measure.
What is body fat?
it's the amount of fat on your body. Some is supposed to be there to help your
body function properly. Too much will cause it to function poorly.
Can I have too much body fat?
Yes. This is a common problem in
today's world. Besides being unsightly, too much body fat puts excessive stress
on your bodily functions, causing you to easily become sick or injured.
Can I have too little body fat?
Yes. While rarely a
problem, too little body fat puts your body at risk of serious illness. Body
fat serves as an insulator, helping to protect your body. Without it you become
adversely affected by environmental conditions.
Is losing body fat
more important than losing weight?
Yes. Obesity is equivalent to
having too much body fat. Weight alone does not determine obesity. Muscle
tissue weighs much more than fat. Because of this, when you add muscle and lose
fat, you shrink at the same weight. Some of our clients have lost dress sizes
while gaining weight! On the other hand, a very thin person with high body fat,
while not obese on the BMI scale, may be tremendously unhealthy and in need of
gaining muscleand weightin order to become healthy.
How can I
measure my body fat?
Two easy and inexpensive methods are the
weight-to-waist ratio and the body fat caliper (see Body Fat Tester), with the
latter being more accurate. The most accurate methods all require supervision
and equipmentsuch as being weighed in waterand are quite expensive. For
everyday purposes, the cheap and easy methods are effective.
body fat calculator to estimate your body fat based on some
simple measurements, which you should try to make under the same conditions
each time. This will make your readings more accurate, though they still could
be off by up to 5%. Nonetheless, as long as you are headed in the right
direction (down, in most cases), you'll know you're on the right track.
Once I calculate my body fat, what should I do with this
Write it down or just remember it. Body fat percentage is
merely a gauge to let you know how your training is going. You don't need to
alter your program based on it, though having a high reading will often
motivate you to work out harder. If you suspect that you're outrageously high
or low, we recommend that you see your doctor for a consultation.
Calculate my body fat