# Top 20 Doctor insights on: Bmi And Body Fat Percentage The Same

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## 1 Is body fat percentage the same as bmi?

Different measures: Percentage body fat is just that & direct measurements are hard, requiring weight on land & suspension in a water tank with elaborate calculations. Most normal adults run in the 20's % while a body builder would run<5%. Special scales & caliper measures estimate body fat. Bmi is a number relating weight to height. It is easier to obtain but less specific. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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## Body Mass Index (Definition)

Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on a person's height and weight, to decide if a person is too heavy or too light for his height. The index is a number that can be in the underweight range, normal range, overweight range, or obese range. Children use different number ranges than adults do, ...Read more

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## 2 Is the percentage of my body fat important for health?

Body fat: A body mass index (bmi) should be < 30 for health reasons. The two main causes of high bmi are a lot of muscle mass (usually a good healthy thing) or a lot of body fat, usually not a very healthy condition. % body fat, respectively, for women and men: athletes 14–20% 6–13%; fit persons 21–24%, 14–17%; average 25–31% 18–24%; obese 32%+ 25%+. ...Read more

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## 3 What is your body fat percentage calculated from?

Impedance : There are two ways. The practical way is to use a scale that uses impedance. You either stand on the metal plates on the scale or hold metal bar. An electrical signal is sent from one plate and the returning plate waits for the signal to reach it. The time taken for this is calculated and a complex formula is used to give you an estimate of %body fat. The more expensive way is much less practical. ...Read more

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## 4 Does body fat lbs and muscle weigh the same..? When losing weight does the scale number matter? Or is it your body fat?

Fat is much lighter : Weight does matter, but losing fat rather than muscle matters the most. Simple caloric restriction leads to mixed loss of fat and muscle. Muscle sparing diets such as HCG or diets accompanied by muscle building exercises are safer. ...Read more

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## 5 What is the average body mass index (bmi) of women in the us?

Overweight: CDC data from 2007 to 2010 reports that adult men in the U.S., on average, have a BMI of 28.6. Adult women have an average BMI of 28.7. ...Read more

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## 6 Which are considered the best ways to lower body fat percentage?

BODY FAT!: Beware of calorie intact, excersice more and timing of eating is key. ...Read more

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## 7 Can overweight people lose body fat and avoid starvation mode at the same time?

Yes: Cut daily calories by 500-1000 per day (or as much as you need to lose 2-3 lb per week). You will lose weight and not go into starvation mode if you stay hydrated. ...Read more

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## 8 On average, what percent of a meal is converted to body fat?

Meal contents?: Are we talking a healthy meal of fruits grains and vegetables or are we talking about going through macdonalds. Eat healthy and you won't need to worry about body fat as much. ...Read more

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## 9 I do upper body weight lifting. Will this cause lose fat on other parts of the body like the lower body?

It can: Any type of exercise, particularly weight lifting, will increase muscle mass and muscle is more effective at burning calories that other body components so the trend will be to lose weight. Weight comes off everywhere, not just the areas being worked so yes, you can lose fat on other body parts. ...Read more

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## 10 How are BMI and body composition different?

Let me explain: Body mass index or bmi is the measure of one's body fat based on only your height and weight and more commonly used to to access health risks associated with increased body mass. Your body composition is calculated from the percentage of body fat, muscles, bones, water , and tissues in your body and provides and more detailed estimate of your conditioning. ...Read more

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## 11 What is the mechanism that the body uses to create fat cells in adults? And how does the body choose where to produce/store fat?

Physiology: You are asking us a question that would take a whole textbook to answer. This forum is not designed to teach you science or provide you with a whole textbook lesson on physiology. We are happy to answer specific question about specific symptoms or problems. But you are asking something that we cannot answer specifically in only 400 characters. ...Read more

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## 12 Any good device to calculate body fat percentage?

This is quick: You can get a rough idea of your body fat percentage using this online tool: http://www.Fitwatch.Com/qkcalc/body-fat-percentage-calculator.Php. ...Read more

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## 13 What is the most accurate measure of body fat percentage?

Submersion: Submersion weighing is the most accurate way. ...Read more

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## 14 Is a body fat percentage of 24% bad?

Room for improvement: Some charts say 18-24% body fat is "average" for men and >25% obese, but others adjust for age and consider anything more than 20% high for a 18 yo male. It would be optimal to lower your body fat to no more than 20% through diet and exercise. Avoid sugars, simple carbs & fried foods. i recommend Dr. Fuhrman's diet: http://tinyurl.com/ktampgg Also see http://tinyurl.com/m8avwzh Good luck! ...Read more

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## 15 What is the formula for calculating body mass index and ideal body weight?

BMI: The body mass index is equal to the person's weight divided by the square of their height. Ideal body weight will vary with age, sex, muscle/fat ratio, height and bone density. Bmi is only a rough guide of a person's ideal body weight which is usually a range and not an absolute number. Generally a bmi less than 18 is underweight, 18-25 is ideal, 25-30 is overweight and over 30 is obese. ...Read more

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## 16 What are BMI calculators don't calculate muscle mass and bone mass in addition to body fat do they?

BMI: No, it only reflects height and weight. ...Read more

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## 17 Which is more reliable, body mass index (bmi) or body fat percentage (bfp)?

For what?: Bmi doesn't take in to account your body type (ectomorph, etc). Body fat percentage will. What you are using the number for is what matters. ...Read more

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## 18 How can I lose body fat but maintain the same weight?

More muscle.: Increasing proteins and decreasing carbohydrates is a good way to increase muscle mass and decreasing the signal to promote fat. Check out a weight lifting program and peak 8 exercise. ...Read more

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## 19 Is body fat percentage the same as bmi?

Different measures: Percentage body fat is just that & direct measurements are hard, requiring weight on land & suspension in a water tank with elaborate calculations. Most normal adults run in the 20's % while a body builder would run<5%. Special scales & caliper measures estimate body fat. Bmi is a number relating weight to height. It is easier to obtain but less specific. ...Read more

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## 20 Is there a correlation between BMI and body fat percentage?

BMI and body fat.: Yes highly correlated.

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## Bmi (Definition)

Bmi or body mass index is how we define if a person is under or overweight. It is calculated my taking your height in meters and dividing it by your weight in kilograms squared. Or using a bmi calculator. A normal weight is a bmi between 18-25. Obese is a ...Read more

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