How to Find Your Body Fat Percentage

Body Fat Calipers
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Are you getting leaner or are you losing muscle along with fat? Body fat percentage is a better measure of diet success than is weight. There are several ways to measure body fat yourself, plus methods that require special equipment.

Body Fat Calculator Using Measurements
All you need is a measuring tape to use this calculator. Take your height, neck, waist, and hip measurements to estimate body fat: Body Fat Calculator by Measurements

Body Mass Index
For this calculator you need only your height and weight. The body mass index is not a body fat percentage, but it estimates whether you are normal, overweight, or obese.
Body Mass Index Calculator

Body Fat Using Caliper Measurements

The equations used to determine body fat percentage by measuring your waist, hips, and neck give wildly varied results. Much better accuracy is achieved by using skinfold fat caliper measurements. The following site allows you to enter skinfold caliper measurements and get a body fat percentage.
Body Tracker: Body Fat Percentage Calculator for Men and Women

Body Fat Measurement

For the best accuracy, it is better to use a skin fold caliper or a body fat monitor scale that uses bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA).

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