How To Measure Body Fat

October 6, 2015


If you are among the ones who are watching their weight, you will definitely want to know your body fat percentage. There several ways to measure the amount of body fat a person is carrying around, but many of them are not yet available to public use as the equipment is rather expensive.


The easiest method currently available is measuring waist circumference and determining your Body Mass Index, or BMI.

While some general rules say a waist circumference over 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men is cause for concern, calculating your actual BMI requires a bit more math.

In order to get your BMI you need to multiply your weight in pounds by 703, then divide the number you get by your height in inches times two.

If the end result is less than 18.5, the individual is underweight.

If the end result is from 18.5 to 24.9, the BMI is considered to be optimal, and 25.0 to 29.9 is considered overweight. Over 30 is obese.

However, you should know that BMI alone is not considered an official indicator of body fat, especially when it comes to body builders and professional athletes. Also, children under 18 should also discard BMI as their official indicator as they are still growing.

At the end of the day, your eyes should be your ultimate judge. If you’re not completely satisfied with the way you look, it is probably time to hit the gym and lay off those sodas, candy and fast food.

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