Difference Between BMI and Body Fat Percentage
It’s sure that you have heard about BMI and body fat percentage, but then it comes to mind several questions: Which of them is the adequate for me? Which is better to know accurate results? Which is easier to measure?
The first thing that you have to know is that you should use BMI or body fat percentage accord to the different moments of your life style, and after read this article, you’ll know the difference between them and which is better for you.
What is BMI?
BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measurement for the body based on height and weight. Normally is used by doctors and general consulting to indicate if your weight is ideal accord to your height, if you are overweight or in obesity. Is important to highlight that the result of this measurement doesn’t discriminate the kind of mass that compose the body, more specifically, the quantity of fat mass or muscle mass. That’s why, the BMI should be used mostly if you have a sedentary life and your physical activity is low, just to check is your weight is adequate to be healthy. You can calculate BMI in the next link Calculate BMI with BMI Calculator For Men and Women (metric)
Anyway, if you want to know a more precisely measurement and result about the composition of mass in your body, the indicated is to measure body fat percentage.
What is Body Fat Percentage?
Body Fat Percentage this is the result from several types of measurements and using different kind of equipment. Can be through a Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis with a special scale, or through the most used technique for its precision and accuracy: measuring the thickness of several skinfolds in the body using a skinfold caliper with an adequate anthropometric technique, and doing a calculation with different formulas that had been developed by different authors. The final number thrown by the formula used, is compared with a chart to identify the body fat level and the category: thinness, normality, overweight or obesity. You can know and learn how to make this measurement in the following link: Guide To Taking Anthropometric Measures
This is the measurement indicated for fitness people and athletes, as with this technique the mass type that is measured is the fat, thus, is more accurate to know with other calculations the muscle mass and track the body composition over time.