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Body Fat
Body fat versus body weight

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Body fat and body weight

Body weight consists of the weight of bones, muscle and fat. In a healthy female of average weight, bones make up 12 percent of total body weight, muscle/lean tissue about 35 percent and body fat about 27 percent. The remaining body weight is skin, connective tissue, tendons, blood, organs and so forth.

Body fat is lighter by volume than lean body tissue. Hence when you increase physical exercise and build muscle mass, you may actually experience weight gain rather than weight loss.

Since fat tissues are metabolically less active than muscle, it is very important for weight control. The higher your percentage of fat and the smaller your percentage of muscle the fewer calories you end up burning and therefore the easier it is to gain weight. Body fat is also calculated as "Body Fat Percentage". Body fat percentage is the amount of body fat tissue expressed as a percentage of total body weight.

Research has proved that the higher your percentage of fat above average levels, the higher is your health risk. More body fat implies more weight-related illness, like heart disease, high blood pressure, gallstone disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and certain cancers.

While controlling our weight, the amount of body fat in our body can be considered an important factor. However, where our fat is stored is just as important. In short, the more body fat we have around our middle the worse it is for our health. If we’re not careful about our diet, these excessive abdominal fats would lead to high insulin, rise in sugar level, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Excess abdominal fat is also seen in people who don't have any of the said problems.

Above all, abdominal fat is far more hazardous to health than lower-body fat and is strongly linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Am I prone to develop excess abdominal fat?
It has been noticed that women in general, store fat around their pelvis, thighs and butt, while men tend to store fat around their middle. Although it has been considered that gender has a powerful influence on the distribution of body fat, it's not the only factor. Genes and genetics also count.

Latest research has found that 80 percent of an individual's tendency to accumulate extra body fat in the middle is due to hereditary factors. Age, too, is an important factor. Lack of exercise can be largely pointed as the final factor in accumulating weight. The best way to lose excess fat and maintain a healthy weight in the long term is to follow a balanced calorie-controlled diet (that improves your eating habits) and take regular aerobic exercise.

Recent studies (of 427 healthy men between 17 and 90) also found that in each decade of adult life, the body fat of sedentary men increased 17 percent and the waist circumference 2 percent. Exercise on a daily basis, though, reduced the body fat accumulation to 3 percent per decade.


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