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Estimating Body Fat Percentage and Lean Body Mass

When determining the body composition, experts distinguish between two types of body fat: essential fat and storage fat. Essential fat is necessary for normal functioning of the body, for example for providing important metabolic fuel for energy production. This type of fat includes fat in the heart, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, muscles, marrow of the bones, spleen as well as the brain and the spinal cord. It is higher in women than men due to […]

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) Calculation and its Applications

The Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the number of calories you would burn per day if you did nothing all day. To lose weight, you should burn off more calories than you ingest. You can burn off calories by doing any type of activity (physical or mental) and you will actually burn off calories naturally just by doing nothing, even when asleep. Knowing your basal metabolic rate will help you determine how many calories you […]

How to Calculate and Use the Body Adiposity Index (BAI)

The Body Adiposity Index (BAI) is a measure designed to estimate a person’s percentage of body fat. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other popular and widely used methods for monitoring body composition like the body mass index (BMI), waist-to-hip and waist-to-height ratios. However, none of these techniques, including the body adiposity index, offer precise measures of body fat and body composition, but they are often used for basic testing because they […]

Measuring Obesity and Body Fat: Body Mass Index (BMI)

Body mass index (BMI) is the standard measure most often used to determine if a person is overweight or obese. It replaced the previous standard of height and weight tables. Generally, the BMI index is used to estimate the amount of body fat and to define classes of excess body weight and obesity. You can calculate your own BMI by simply dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared and then multiplying […]