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Body Fat Percentage

What is body fat percentage?

Body fat percentage is the proportion of fat mass to total body weight. It is a measure that tells you how much of your body is composed of fat and how much is composed of lean mass, which includes muscle, bones, organs, and other tissues. Knowing your body fat percentage is important for tracking changes in body composition, assessing health risks, setting goals for weight loss or muscle gain, and determining the effectiveness of a fitness or diet plan.

How to calculate body fat percentage?

There are several methods to measure body fat percentage, including skinfold calipers, bioelectrical impedance, hydrostatic weighing, and DEXA scan. Some methods are more accurate than others but they all require special equipment and expertise.

What is the ideal body fat percentage?

The ideal body fat percentage varies depending on age, gender, and fitness level. Generally, men should aim for a body fat percentage of 10-20%, while women should aim for 20-30%. Athletes and bodybuilders may have lower body fat percentages, but excessively low body fat can lead to health problems such as hormonal imbalances and decreased immune function.

Why does body fat percentage matter?

Body fat percentage matters because excessive body fat is associated with various health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some types of cancer. It also affects physical appearance, athletic performance, and overall well-being. Losing body fat through a combination of healthy eating and exercise can improve health, fitness, and self-esteem.

Madeleine Smith

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Madeleine is passionate about empowering individuals with the information and tools they need to transform their bodies and lives.