11 May 2019
Throughout your health and fitness journey, you have probably heard other people discussing their body fat percentage and what they want it to be at. If you haven’t done so before, you were probably wondering ‘how can I calculate my body fat percentage?’
Your body fat percentage can give you a window into greater understanding where you are at with your current health and fitness level and give you a greater base to tailor your workouts and lifestyle off of. Before we learn how to calculate body fat percentage, let’s begin by first defining what your body fat percentage tells you.
Your body fat percentage is simply the percentage of your body weight that is fat.
Now, let’s go on to find out how to learn your body fat percentage.
There are a number of ways that you can calculate your body fat percentage. For example, you can go to a medical or fitness office and do formal (and expensive) tests.
You can do the bioelectrical impedance analysis, hydrodensitometry, and air displacement plethysmography... but you can also do simple measurements at home!
To measure your body fat percentage at home, you will need a tape measure. By recording measurements of different parts of your body, you can compare your numbers to a body fat chart and estimate your body fat percentage.
For females, your body fat percentage takes into consideration: gender, weight, waist circumference, neck circumference, and hip circumference.
For males, your body fat percentage takes into consideration: gender, weight, neck circumference, and abdomen circumference.
If you use calipers, many follow the Jason and Pollock approach, which is a skin-fold test. You can use the Jason-Pollock Body Fat Calculator, which takes into consideration: gender, weight, age, fold one (pectoral), fold two (abdominal), and fold three (thigh).
Now that you know how to calculate your body fat percentage, you can use your results as a loose way to monitor your progress.
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