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Find Out Your Body Fat Percentage And Target Weight In Two Steps

Measuring your body fat percentage is a much better indicator of health and fitness than your body mass index (BMI). Measuring body fat will help determine the composition of your weight loss – the goal is to maximize fat loss and minimize lean muscle loss. By having your body composition measured, you can better establish goals which are truthful to your overall health.

Start concentrating on your body, not your weight. While on a fad diet, most of the weight loss comes from water and lean body mass loss. An exercise or weight program might be accompanied by a slight weight gain. If you are working hard to get fit and see a weight gain, you might think that your work is in vain, but the truth is, you may be adding calorie-burning muscle!

When determining your overall health or fitness regimen, it's important to consider your appropriate percentage of body fat to muscle mass ratio before establishing a target weight. Someone weighing 200 pounds with a body fat percentage of 25 is carrying around 50 pounds of extra fat. That same person weighing 200 pounds with 10 percent body fat would be carrying only 20 pounds of fat. This is significant in terms of health. Not only would reduced fat levels impact this person's energy levels, mobility and joint stress, but the more favorable ratio of body fat to muscle mass will also increase baso-metabolic rate (BMR) which will allow for a greater number of calories to be burned at rest.

Two Steps:


1) Calculate Your Body Fat
2) Calculate Your Target Weight


GENERAL BODY FAT PERCENTAGE CATEGORIES

Classification

Women (% fat)

Men (% fat)

Essential Fat

10-12%

2-4%

  Athletes

14-20%

6-13%

 Fitness

21-24%

 14-17%

Acceptable

25-31%

 18-25%

  Obese

32% plus

25% plus


By determining your percentage of body fat in proportion to lean muscle mass, you will have a clearer understanding of what you need to do to be fit and healthy. Don't be afraid of the mirror, as it can be a better indicator of your weight than any scale. Most of all, don't get caught in the weight trap, use it only as a guide in your quest towards better health.


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