Let’s get real here… calculating your body’s fat percentage is no piece of cake (or fork full of salad, we’re trying to keep things healthy here haha.)
Don’t worry, if you’re following my blog- you’re obviously smart, funny AND good looking so I’m sure you won’t have any trouble.
What is Body Fat Percentage
To put things simply, body fat percentage is the amount of fat on your body- compared to everything else. Everything else including muscles, tissue, water weight etc.
Set a goal, what would you like your Fat-Body percentage to be?
Nerdfitness.com breaks it down pretty well-
- “If you are trying to look like Ryan Reynolds or Jessica Beil in Blade III, good luck! Aim for a body fat percentage of 6-8% (men) or 13-15% (women). Note: your athletic/strength gaining performance will most likely suffer at this percentage, and might not be worth it. Your call.
- If you are interested in getting that coveted six pack, drop your body fat down to the 8-11% range for dudes and 15-17% range for women.
- If you are an athlete and interested in optimal athletic performance, aim for a body fat percentage around 15% (men) or 20% (women). NF team memberStaci trains much better at 20% body fat than at 15% body fat.
- If you are just interested in looking pretty good and feeling pretty good, anything less than 18% for men and anywhere in the 20-23% range for women should get you the “hey, lookin pretty good!” response from your friends
- For the ladies! If you are concerned about menstruation or fertility, it has been said not to drop below 15% body fat. Although I can’t find any studies that definitively refutes or proves this, I’ve read it all over the place, so just something to be aware of. Your results may vary!”
What do these different percentages look like?
How to calculate my own body fat percentage?
There a BUNCH of different ways! These are the top 3 that I recommend-
- Military method- My boyfriend Bryan is in the U.S Marines; and in the military, you have to stay below a certain BFP (body fat percentage) according to your height. In the military, they:
- Online Calculator- One of the easiest ways is to use an online calculator that does all the math for you. For you lazy bums out there (who refuses to do math on Saturday) this will be your best bet. Click here for one of the many online BFP calculators
- Look in the mirror- honestly, this is my very favorite way. Use those pictures I’ve provided above, and compare them to your body in the mirror. BFP doesn’t have to be 100% accurate unless you’re training for a marathon or a specific event. I can tell if my BFP is getting high if my jeans start to feel tight. If you’re beginning to have to unbutton your pants at every meal, it’s probably time to set some new health goals.
If you’re not where you want to be, then pick a BFP you want to be at, and work your butt off to EARN your way there! You’re definitely on the right health blog to kick start your fitspirational journey.