Body Fat

11 01 2011

UNDERSTANDING BODY FAT

A certain amount of body fat is vital for the body to function normally and healthy. In fact striving for a body fat percentage that is too low can be hazardous for your overall health.

Measuring your body fat percentage calculates your total body fat and it is  split into 2 categories.

Storage Fat – This consists mainly of fat deposited just under the skin or subcutaneous fat. Storage fat for men and women is fairly similar. For the average man 12% of bodyweight is storage fat and for the average woman 15% of bodyweight is storage fat.

Essential Body Fat – For the body to function normally and healthily a certain amount of body fat is required. This is called essential fat. For women the average amount of essential fat is 12% of bodyweight and for men it is 3%. Trying to achieve a body fat percentage that is so low it affects your essential fat stores is NOT a good idea. Even some storage fat is required for good health to protect internal organs in the chest and abdomen.

Aim to stay within the range for age and gender and rest assured you are taking one of the most positive steps to life-long health you can.

Calculate your Body Fat:

Body Fat Formula For Women
Factor 1 (Total body weight x 0.732) + 8.987
Factor 2 Wrist measurement (at fullest point) / 3.140
Factor 3 Waist measurement (at naval) x 0.157
Factor 4 Hip measurement (at fullest point) x 0.249
Factor 5 Forearm measurement (at fullest point) x 0.434
Lean Body Mass Factor 1 + Factor 2 – Factor 3 – Factor 4 + Factor 5
Body Fat Weight Total bodyweight – Lean Body Mass
Body Fat Percentage (Body Fat Weight x 100) / total bodyweight
 

Body Fat Formula For Men

Factor 1 (Total body weight x 1.082) + 94.42
Factor 2 Waist measurement x 4.15
Lean Body Mass Factor 1 – Factor 2
Body Fat Weight Total bodyweight – Lean Body Mass
Body Fat Percentage (Body Fat Weight x 100) / total bodyweight

The formula above will not calculate your exact body fat percentage. The most accurate way is underwater weighing, but this formula should give you a consistent measurement you can use as a guideline so you can determine if you’re losing body fat and/or muscle.

Body Fat for Athletes :

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