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Body fat is an important element in successful weight control. The less fat and more muscle we have, the more calories we can eat before gaining weight. Body fat is often expressed as our "Body Fat Percentage" or "Body Fat Percent." Body fat percentage is the amount of body-fat-tissue as a percentage of total body weight. If your total body weight is 160 pounds and you have 32 pounds of fat, your body fat percentage is 20 percent.

Why Calculate Body Fat?

The higher your percentage of fat above average levels, the higher your health risk for weight-related illness, like heart disease, high blood pressure, gallstones, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and certain cancers. Also, the higher your percentage of fat (and the smaller your percentage of muscle) the easier it is for you to gain weight. This is because muscle is more metabolically active than fat tissue.

Body Fat Calculator

Fat Level Men Women
Very Low 7-10% 14-17%
Low 10-13% 17-20%
Average 13-17% 20-27%
High 17-25% 27-31%
Very High >25% >31%