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How to know how much of body weight is fat? How much fat is ideal? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 19-Mar-2013
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User:Earlier I had a separate call with Dietician. I have got a diet plan for my weight loss.
User:I have a general query. How do I know how much weight of mine is fat (in percentage terms). How much is ideal to get a lean/muscular body. do we have facility to test this with HealthCare Magic?
Doctor:the fat percentage, is usually done in person, with a skin pinch test with a instrument
Doctor:such a fat percentage assessment , is usually available at most good Gyms with a good trainer
Doctor:the ideal fat percentage in a male is about 20-25 %
User:Is there a machine or something (like a weighing machine), which tells us this percentage? or its a manual process like using a clipper or so.
Doctor:if the percentation is above 25 % in men, it is considered as obese
Doctor:yes, the skin pinch method, is a anthropological method, to test body fat
Doctor:various parameters of the human body, such as circumferences of various body parts or thicknesses of skinfolds is used to check the percentage
Doctor:the body fat caliper is the instrument used for this purpose
Doctor:the other way, is to assess , just by extrapolation from the BMI
User:OK. tHANKS.
Doctor:just give me a few moments
Doctor:i shall calculate your average percentage
Doctor:based on the details given, your body fat percentage is 21.872
Doctor:which is considered as average levels
Doctor:the levels for Fitness - in males is 14-17%
Doctor:the levels to be considered as ATHLETIC - in males is 6 -13%
Doctor:Have u followed my suggestions ?
User:Thanks. I got some idea now. Thanks for your time.
Doctor:You are welcome
Doctor:take care and have a good day
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