Body Fat Index

DETERMINE YOUR BODY FAT PERCENTAGE

Use a tape measure to determine your waist, hip and neck circumference. Then input your gender and measurements below to receive a body fat index based on average values. The body fat index is not an indicator of fitness level since the calculation is made with no regard to height or weight.
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR BODY FAT INDEX

The way to measure and determine one’s fat to lean muscle proportion is to determine body-fat percentage. The body-fat percentage is the percentage of an individual’s weight that is fat. Essential body fat is necessary to maintain life and reproductive functions.

 

Your BMI is considered overweight. Being overweight may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Consider making lifestyle changes through healthy eating and fitness to improve your health. Our Couch to 5K training plan is a great place to start.

BODY FAT PERCENTAGE CATEGORIES

CLASSIFICATION WOMAN (% 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 % 25 %

A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BODY FAT INDEX

1) The body fat percentage is a measure of fitness level, since it is the only body measurement which directly calculates a person’s relative body composition without regard to height or weight.

2) The percentage of body fat in an individual varies according to sex and age.

3) There are 12 ways to measure an individual’s Body Fat Index.

4.) The bio-electrical impedance analysis (BIA) method is offered free to Universal Health & Fitness members upon request.

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