Body Fat Percentage

Sunday, September 21, 2008

According to the Body Mass Index, I'm obese. Not only am I obese, but my ideal weight is supposed to be 140 to 184. At my current weight and physique, this just doesn't make a ton of sense. I have a pretty large frame and I have a decent amount of muscles.

The BMI is not as valuable if you have a decent amount of muscle mass.

Knowing this, I searched for some body fat percentage calculators to measure how much I really should lose.


This one estimates my Body Fat Percentage as 22.5 and my lean body weight as 174.5 pounds. Now, to me this seems more reasonable. I thought that if I really went down to 180, I'd be emaciated. And that's what this suggests. That would be around 3% body fat.

To calculate my body fat percentage for different weights, I start with my lean body mass and add different amounts of fat weight.

Percentage= (Fat Mass)/(Fat Mass+Lean Mass)*100. 200 pounds would be about 12.5% body fat and 210 would be 16.7% body fat.

Some of the calculators gave different results, so we'll just have to see.

For now, I figure that I can shoot for 210 and make a judgement call based on how I look at that point, but I think that's a lot closer to my ideal weight than 180 pounds is.
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    Yeah, I agree with you and Skisinco, Keep eating healthy and exercising until you feel the most comfortable in your body. I'm cheering for you.
    Spark ON!
    4137 days ago
    My personal trainer told me that most of the BMI calculators are inaccurate (mainly for the reasons you've stated). The truest measure is the one where the lower you into a tub of water, but who the heck can afford that?!

    Anyhow, I think the ideal weight for a person is determined by how they feel, both physically and mentally.

    Good luck w/ your goals.
    4139 days ago
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