So you've been following a weight management
programme for a few weeks and you've also been working out for at
the gym or you run or you go for long walks and one week you get
on your bathroom scales and your weight remains unchanged. Such
scales are not the best way to measure your progress as they don't
take into account your body’s composition. This is what your body
is made up of, how much fat you have relative to lean tissue.
By figuring out your body fat percentage you can get a better look
at how your body is composed and how “healthy” you are.
Depending on your age, sex and how active you are the level of your
body fat percentage will vary. Its a measurement of the amount of
your total body mass that fat, as opposed to lean body mass (muscle,
bones, organs, tissues, blood, and anything else). So, for example,
if you weigh 200 pounds and you have 30% body fat, this means that
your body contains 60 pounds of fat and 140 pounds of lean body
Measuring changes in body fat percentage, rather than just measuring
changes in weight, can be very motivational when you're dieting.
A measurement of ones body fat percentage is a more accurate guage
of your excess body weight than your BMI( body mass index), a measurement
which does not take into account ones body frame size, nor does
it account for the amount of muscle mass a person has. However,
body fat percentage is not as popular as BMI’s because the skills
and technology needed to measure body fat percentage are not readily
available. However..by using the
453 Body Fat Scale monitor you can get these body fat
% measurements taken weekly, as well as visceral fat*, metabolic
age, muscle mass, % body water, physique rating, BMR and bone mass.
All the information you need to monitor your progress.
*Visceral fat surrounds the internal organs
in the stomach/trunk area of your body. High levels of visceral
fat increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and
type 2 diabetes. Monitoring your results can help you to stay in
the low risk range.
Without the body fat scales the best way to
keep track on how you doing is to take your measurements on a weekly
basis(waist, thigh, hips and bust). Lean muscle gain can cause slow
weight loss but inch loss in fatty areas still occurs (e.g. around
waist, hips etc)
Your body requires a certain amount of fat to function properly.
Fat is essential to the body as it helps to regulate temperature,
provides insulation and cushioning for organs/tissues, and it is
the body’s main form of storage. There are some general body fat
percentage categories that will help give you an idea of the different
levels of body fat:
Acceptable levels of body fat vary depending
on age and sex. Healthy body fat percentages for men and women aged
20-39 are levels between 21-32% for women and 8-19% for men; while
those who are aged 40-59 will remain healthy by maintaining levels
23-33% for women and 11-21% for men; finally 60 + will be fine with
levels of 24-35% for women and 13-24% for men. While athlete’s body
fat percentages usually range between 14-20% for women and 6-13%
for men. These %s vary depending on age so take a look at the chart
Women require a higher body fat percentage
than men do and this extra amount of fat is natural for them as
well. Also you probably noticed that with how active a person you
are usually your fat percentage is lower and also that as you age
increases your fat % will increase naturally along with you. The
greater of a body fat percentage that you have the more at risk
you are for certain diseases. Specifically obesity related illnesses
such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure.
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