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By On August 20 In Body Fat / BMI

Calculating Your BMI - Body Mass Index

FFUSA Note: While this is useful information for the average Joe and Jane, we do not feel that it is accurate for bodybuilders or those who carry more muscle. By these standards most competitive bodybuilders are fat! Checking your bodyfat percentage and looking in the mirror are better tools.

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By On August 20 In Body Fat / BMI

What is Body Fat Percentage?

Our bodies are made up of a lot of different kinds of tissues (plus a lot of water). There is muscle, fat, bone, and specialized tissue such as is in our various organs. The body fat percentage is just that – the percentage of our weight which is made up of fat. Body fat percentage is similar to terms such as body fat ratio and body composition. The part that isn’t fat is called our “lean body mass”. A 160 lb person with a lean body mass of 120 lbs has 25% body fat (40 lbs of fat). That may sound like a lot, but our bodies need a certain amount of fat - for insulation, energy storage, hormone production, and other functions scientists are just discovering.

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