Measuring Body Fat

Measuring Body Fat

Most of the people who are watching their body weight— or them trying to lose some pounds — turn to their bathroom scale. But that old familiar standby is not the only way to measure one’s size. Another possibility to consider is your body fat percentage.


What Are the Dangers?
Whenever we hear the words “body fat” immediate negative sense comes under mind. However, in the right proportion, body fat is actually critical to our diet and health as well. In the not-so-distant past, the ability to store extra body fat allowed our ancestors to survive in times of famine, when food was hard to come by. Actually problems create when our bodies store too much fat. It can lead to a variety of health issues, including high cholesterol,

Hypertension, glucose intolerance, and insulin resistance. Especially dangerous is fat stored at the waist, creating what is often called an “apple-shaped” body, as opposed to fat on the hips and thighs, a “pear-shaped” body.


How Can It Be Measured?
There are lots of ways to measure the actual amount of body fat a person is carrying. “The accurate way is ‘underwater weighing,’ which weighs the person on land and then underwater,” as per the expert. But equipment for this is very expensive and not readily available.”The simplest method is measuring waist circumference and determining the Body Mass Index (BMI). A waist circumference over 30 inches for women and 35 inches for men is cause for concern.


The final way of check body fat is using skin calipers to measure fat at specific places in the body. However, not only is it easy to make errors, but this method also doesn’t measure any interior fat or fat contained in thighs and women’s breasts also.

The percentage of body fat is the amount in the health equation. And if you are not happy with the result, all it takes is adding exercise and cutting calories to get it moving in the right direction.