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Do You Know Your Body Fat Percentage?

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You should know your body fat percentage. Believe it or not, your body fat percentage is more important than your weight. You won’t hear this message on a weight loss commercial trying to sell you a product.

If you control your body fat percentage, you will control your weight.
Lose weight safely and steadily and it will stay off (if you continue your exercise program). If you lose weight this way, you are also building muscle and burning fat. Your body will gradually change to lean and toned. And, you will be healthy and look great. This process takes time and hard work! No quick remedies will give you the "killer body" you want.

I was reading this article about a fad diet, "Lose 18 Pounds In 4 Days." That's crazy and if you fall for that you will be sick and maybe hospitalized!

I have said this before so here it is again: losing weight and burning fat is not the most important thing in your life (it improves the quality of your life). Television commercials try to make you feel that way because they are trying to sell you their quick weight loss program! Don't buy in! These programs almost always lead you to yo-yo dieting and even more weight gain, frustration and bad health.

Quick weight loss implies that it's something that probably won't last. Health should be stressed before weight loss and beauty. It does you no good to look great if your body is a total wreck and unhealthy.

You need to know where you are fat. One of the critical measurements is your waist-to-hip ratio (waist measurement divided by hip measurement). This measurement is important because there is a correlation between chronic diseases and abdominal fat. A ratio above .80 for females and above .95 for males could put you at risk for a number of diseases, including cancer. For example, if your waist is 31 inches and your hips are 41 inches, your waist-to-hip ratio would be .76. A "skinny-fat" person could have an unfavorable waist-to-hip ratio.

Someone who is overweight and loses say, 80 pounds, can be at risk of having high body fat. How?

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