Approximately 66 percent of American adults are classified as either overweight or obese, according to a study conducted by the (WCIN) Weight Control Information Network. If you are in one of those categories you need to be aware of the fundamental composition of your body so that you are able to eliminate excessive weight.
Knowing your ideal body fat percentage is one way to better understand your body.
Your body consists of two types of tissue. These consist of lean mass and fat mass. Lean mass includes the skeletal muscle, smooth muscle, bone, water, connective tissue and skin. Fat mass: your body carries two types of fat, important and non-important. As a female, you have more essential fat than a man. Essential fat is the fat that is obligatory for your body to operate properly. Non-essential fat is the surplus fat your body stores as potential energy.
What is the ideal body fat percentage for women?
(You should answer the following questions to find your ideal body fat percentage)
- What is my body type?
- Are there any inherent factors that I need to consider?
- What is the ideal body weight for people of my age?
After you answer the questions you can chart your ideal body fat percentage on the below table.
Ideal Body Fat Percentage for Women:
You should be careful as fat percentages below 10% also increase health risks for women.
The human body needs a small amount of healthy fat, which is necessary for maintaining body
temperature and producing essential hormones.