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.