Body Fat Percentage - Fat-Tissue as Percent of Body Weight, Muscle-Fat Ratio

Body Fat Percentage

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Body Fat Percentage

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 Body Fat Percentage is So Important

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 less calories you need to maintain your weight and therefore the easier it is to gain weight. This is because muscle is more metabolically active than fat tissue.

What is a Healthy Body Fat Percentage?

For a guide to acceptable body fat percentage, see Body Fat Percent

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