Body fat and 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.