Body fat. It’s just two words, but those words often strike fear in many of the health-conscious. When we were babies, it was OK to have a few extra rolls here and there, but scientists have found that too much fat is hard on your health by the time you have reached puberty and adulthood. Whatever the reason that keeps you committed to your exercise and food routines – you are trying to lose body fat, trying to keep it from coming back, or trying to make sure you don’t accumulate excess fat – knowing your body fat percentage is important.
As we’ve said before when you create an improvement plan, you need to do the research and gather data, then make decisions to meet your goal. The same is true with reducing or maintaining optimal body fat. So let’s look at the facts to see what’s all the buzz about body fat.
Body fat percentage is the percentage of your weight that is made up of fat. It consists of both storage body fat and essential body fat and the numbers vary depending on type, heredity, age, activity, and gender.
We’ve listed the ‘Ideal Body Fat Percentage’ ranges for both men and women below. Keep in mind, there is no right or wrong answer and we see a vast array of differences even within these groups but when it comes to ideal scenarios, these are good guidelines for your reference and goal setting.