Healthy Body Fat Percentage – What is it and How to Find Yours

Healthy body fat percentage is important when deciding to start any diet or weight loss program. Understanding your body fat percentage and learning how to lower it is equally important. Measuring body fat and inches are considered better forms of tracking weight than using scales alone. So how do you accurately measure your fat without going to see a doctor or nutritionist? This article will explain.

First of all, it is important to know why a healthy body fat percentage is so important. Your body fat percentage is just that, the amount of fat you have stored on your body. Fat is the stuff that you want to lose when going on a diet. Our bodies contain more than just fat though. Things such as muscle and water also contribute to our weight, but we mostly concern ourselves with losing fat. Since muscle is important, we want to gain as much muscle as possible, while decreasing our fat. But, scales can only tell us how much we weigh. If we are going to lose fat, we need to find out how much of our weight is actually contributed by it.

Fat does have its value in the human body. It helps to insulate organs and tissue, is used as a cushion over our bones, and regulates body temperature. But too much of it can cause many health problems such as high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke and even death. That is why it is so important to find our healthy body fat percentage and strive to maintain that amount.

One of the easiest ways to find your current percentage of fatty tissue is to use an online fat calculator. There are many free ones available on the internet and most are pretty accurate. Simply answer a couple of questions and the calculator will do the calculations for you. Once you find your current percentage of it, you can find what your healthy body fat percentage should be by using one of these online calculators as well.

A woman has a healthy body fat percentage if she has a percentage of fatty tissue of 21-33% for women 20-40, 23-35% if they are between the ages of 41-60, and 24-36% for women over the age of 60.

A healthy body fat percentage for men would be 8-19% for those between the age of 20-40. If a man is between the ages of 41-60, a healthy range would be 11-22%. Lastly, a healthy fat percentage for men over the age of 60 would be 13-25%.

When you have found what your healthy percentage should be, you can then begin to work toward that percentage as a goal. If you need to lower your percentage of tatty tissue, following a healthy diet and exercise program can help you reach a healthy weight. Losing excess body weight does not happen overnight, but if you are diligent about your weight loss efforts, you can achieve a healthy body weight. Being at a healthy weight not only makes you look and feel better about yourself, it can add years to your life. What more motivation do you need?

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Have a Healthy Body, Eat Right and Live Longer

It is near impossible to eat the required daily amounts of necessary vitamins, minerals and all that our bodies require for optimal performance in any one given day. Optimal performance means waking up in the morning fuelled with ample energy to take on every day with clear thoughts for managing our challenges effectively. A strong musculoskeletal system for good posture and circulation, as well as a clear communication system between the body and the mind.

We would need boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables picked fresh from our own backyard gardens on a daily basis. We would have had to start this diet plan when we were very young to avoid any free radical damage that happens over time as we are exposed to the elements of too much smog, too much smoke, too much chemical from cleaners, air fresheners, second hand smoke, dirty engines, paints, solvents, nail polish, preservatives and the list can go on. As the body is exposed, the damage starts and in most cases the problem begins very small inside the body and then by the time we feel or see the symptoms, the problem has grown to a point that the body itself can not heal on its own and requires support for the healing system to function and repair the damage. The human body is an amazing biological operating system. It will continue to function to the best of its ability, taking whatever resources that it needs from anywhere in the body and this results in system problems and difficulty targeting the cause, because ultimately if we do not give our body the tools it needs to operate in its ideal form, it will eventually begin to break down. There is no alternative. The cells in a human body are always regenerating or degenerating. It is imperative that we give our body the nutrition it needs, not only for maintaining a healthy body but also for growth and development of healthy new cells. The cells are the building blocks for the whole body. Healthy cells make healthy organs and from that we get healthy systems and ultimately an entire healthy body. We will not have a healthy body without healthy cells and we will not get healthy cells unless we are feeding our body with healthy cell food. Not food that is too sweet, or too salty, or too greasy, or too patsy, or too big.

What is food…?

Food is one of the components of fuel from which the human body gets the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs for life, for healing, for growth and for protection.

Many people grew up thinking that when it came out of a box a bag or a can, they were getting the good stuff…aarrggghhh In most cases, if it is processed, there is not much if anything left in it for the human biological system’s needs. It is filler and more often than not, not only do we not get any nutritional value from it but it does give the body more foreign substance to deal with, (hmm there seems to be no use for this, lets store it…) and more stress on the system. Years and years ago, it was common place for people to grow their own food, fruits and vegetables in a garden and buy meat from the local butcher. At this time people are still working for their food. As time goes on, people are looking for shortcuts and fast foods because there is no time to prepare and with little or no education with regards to the relationship between nutrition and the human body, they end up feeding it stuff that contains little or no nutritional content. After living most of, or even part of a lifetime without any nutritional support, the body systems fail to heal and the results are clear everywhere around us. We now have an aging population with more than a few health challenges and they are expecting the doctors and health care people to fix the sickness that has been caused by an ongoing nutritional deficit in the diet. If we want our body to work optimally, it is our responsibility to understand how it works and take care of it to the best of our ability.

With the knowledge that our bodies have specific nutritional requirements and the ability to research and ensure that we are taking care of what is most important first- CELL FOOD- Healthy cells make healthy organs make healthy systems make healthy amazing body, we can live a long active life experience instead of one that is stricken with sickness or disease of the mind and body.

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