What is a Healthy Body Fat Percentage?


It seems as though there is a lot of confusion as to what is healthy. Everyone is caught up in being smaller, leaner, with more defined muscles. The people with a little meat on their bones are called lazy or fat. The truth of the matter is that skinnier is not always better. Your body needs some fat. Your body doesn’t need a lot of fat, but it does need a healthy amount. Wait! Before you go and start calculating your BMI to get your body fat percentage, you need to make sure you understand what both are. After all, how will you get to that healthy weight if you don’t know what it is?

BMI and Body Fat

To get your BMI is easy. It is a simple calculation based on your weight and height. If it falls between 18 – 24 you are considered to be within a healthy weight. Any higher and you are considered obese. The problem with this type of calculation is that it bunches up everything. Your muscles weigh more. If you are athletic you are going to have a higher BMI rating because you are more muscular. That BMI percentage may even tell you that you are obese. See the problem?


The solution is to get an accurate reading that gauges your body fat percentage rather than just your BMI. The easiest way to do that is to get you a digital scale that will measure your body fat index while factoring muscle mass and even bone density.

Now for the answer

The point of this article is to inform you what a healthy body fat percentage is. The answer is simple. For men it is recommended that you stay within six to twelve percent. For women it is recommended that you stay between fourteen and twenty percent. Yes, women need more body fat. It is important that everyone have a little bit of fat around their organs, but women need just a little bit more.


Another reason that you must have some amount of body fat is you need it for energy. Your body will burn body fat in times of stress and when it feels like it is in danger, also when you have an adrenaline rush. To have too much body fat is to constrict your organs from being able to work properly. To have too little body fat is to keep your body from having the fat stores that it needs to do the normal and essential things in your life. All you need to do is strike a balance that is perfect for your body. Once you do, you will feel wonderful and your body will work its best.

So there you have what you are looking for. Take the time and find your body fat percentage before you start a diet or exercise routine. You will need it in order to get to a healthy weight without compromising your health this way.

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Article by: Carmen Kerry

Carmen writes health & fitness articles for BodyFatLoss. She researches the latest and greatest methods to help with weight loss, weight gain and fitness.