This body fat calculator measures the fat percentage and the lean body weight but also the BMI and BMR values to maintain a healthy body. You can read below the form about the body fat values and what these can indicate.
How does the body fat calculator work?
This weight tool can estimate the level of fat in the body, the lean body weight as well as offer values for the two important indicators: BMI (body mass index) and BMR (basal metabolic rate).
All you have to do is enter the data required then the body fat calculator will do the work and return you an estimate for your body status. You need to input the age and gender then some basic measurements, whether you like to use English or metric, you are asked for height, weight and neck and waist dimensions. This form uses the U.S Navy Method to estimate the fat percentage. Its formula is:
Body fat men=495/(1.0324-0.19077(Log(waist-neck))+0.15456(Log(height)))-450
Body fat women=495/(1.29579-0.35004(Log(waist+hip-neck))+0.22100(Log(height)))-450
Let’s take for instance the case of a 34 year old female, weighing 165 lbs at a height of 5ft 4in, with a waist of 35 in and neck dimension of 13 in. We also need to add the hip measurement that is in this case 47 in and the level of activity which is sedentary. The result is:
■ Your Body Fat is 44.7%;
■ Body Fat: 33.46 kg;
■ Lean Body Weight is: 41.39 kg;
■ Your Weight is: Overweight;
■ Your BMI is: 27.5;
■ Your BMR is: 1,510.9 calories/day;
■ Minimum Calorie requirement is: 1,813 daily calories/day.
What is the body fat percentage?
This is a measure of fitness level or an indicator of the body shape and it can be obtained by dividing the estimated amount of body fat to the total body mass.
The range of the body fat percentage released by The American Council on Exercise:
Measurement techniques for body fat
- Using BMI
- Using height and circumference
- Underwater weighing
- Body average density
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