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Body fat calculator

It is the Body Fat Calculator can be used to calculate your body’s total fat content using specific measurements. Make use of to select the “Metric Units” tab if you feel more comfortable using your familiarity with the International System of Units (SI).

For the best results, you need to measure to the closest 1/4 inch (0.5 centimeters). This method is based on the U.S. Navy method, however, it also incorporates the calculation of the body fat percentage by using method BMI technique (both are explained below).

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The American Council on Exercise Body Fat Categorization

Description Women Men
Essential fat 10-13% 2-5%
Athletes 14-20% 6-13%
Fitness 21-24% 14-17%
Average 25-31% 18-24%
Obese 32+% 25+%

 

Jackson & Pollard Ideal Body Fat Percentages

Age Women Men
20 17.7% 8.5%
25 18.4% 10.5%
30 19.3% 12.7%
35 21.5% 13.7%
40 22.2% 15.3%
45 22.9% 16.4%
50 25.2% 18.9%
55 26.3% 20.9%

 

Body Fat, Overweight, and Obesity

The term used to describe the body’s fat refers to “adipose tissue.” Adipose tissue performs a variety of vital roles. Its main function is to keep lipids, from which the body produces energy. Additionally, it releases several essential hormones and provides our body with some padding and insulation.

Body fat is comprised of the body’s essential fat and stored body fat. The essential body fat is the base amount of fat present in all parts of the human body. It is the essential fat that helps maintain vitality and reproductive functions.

The quantity of essential fat is different for females and males generally between 2% and 5% in males and 10-12% for women.

The range of healthy body fat for males is usually described as 8-19% while the ideal range for women is between 21-33 percent. Although having excessive body fat could be detrimental to the health of a person, having excess body fat could cause negative health consequences on its own. Keeping the body fat percentage lower than that, or even in the required body fat percentage is something that needs to be discussed with a physician.

Storage fat is a type of fat that is accumulated in adipose tissue whether it is subcutaneous fat (deep beneath the dermis, with organs of vital importance) and visceral (fat that is located in the abdominal cavity between organs) and references to body fat usually refer to this kind of fat. Although some fat storage is optimal, excessive amounts of stored fat could have grave health consequences.

Excess body fat can lead to being overweight, and ultimately weight gain if not enough measures are taken to limit the accumulation of body fat. It is important to note that being overweight doesn’t necessarily indicate excess body fat.

The body weight of an individual is a combination of many elements, which include (but not only) body fat and muscle mass bone density, and the amount of water in the body. So, those who are very muscular tend to be classified as overweight.

The rate at which fat is accumulated varies between individuals and is determined by many factors, including genetics and also behavioral aspects like lack of exercise and a high intake of food. Because of a variety of variables, it may be more difficult for some people to lose body fat in the abdominal area.

But, a healthy diet and exercising have been proven to lower fat storage. It is important to note that males and females store fat differently, and the amount of fat stored can alter over time.

After 40 (or after menopausal changes in some instances for women) decreased hormones for sexual activity can cause excess abdominal fat for men, or around the buttocks or thighs of women.

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