In our never-ending quest to achieve “the look”, there are some very simple and easy ways to achieve optimal fitness (and optimal looks). This article is about easy ways to check body fat. NOTE: As always, consult your primary care provider before starting any fitness regimen. This article (and anything others relating) is no substitute for the sound advice of a licensed physician.
We all come in different shapes and sizes, that’s why it’s very difficult to use an algorithm – which all body fat measurement methods use – to arrive at a body fat percentage. Instead, seeing the amount of fat on your body and comparing it to photos can help you get a relatively accurate estimate very quickly.
Some body fat measurement methods can cost over $100 and require travel, like a DEXA scan or BodPod. Even weight scales and handheld devices – which are notoriously inaccurate – can cost $50 or more. You don’t need to spend any money.
Here are two charts on bodyfat percentages (one for men one for women).
In my opinion, a lot of these technologically advanced methods are bogus. It’s just another way to make money. As I have always said, “The basics always win.” One of these basics is to recognize what your body type is and to learn what works for you. Another is to recognize what is fraudulent, or simply put, a scam. Fitness fiction. There are literally libraries chock full of articles, ideas, theories, you name it on fat loss, weight loss, what have you.
Two things above all else will help you win the battle of the bulge.
1) HARD WORK WINS. YOU GET WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT. In the fitness game, as in life, your results are directly related to your output. Pills, lotions, potions and the latest diets will never be a substitute for ‘putting the work in’. The work you put in… should be based on what YOU want. Point blank.
2) GET EDUCATED. Getting educated about yourself and your body is probably the biggest component of fitness. Learning how your body works (weight/water retention, sleep patterns, energy levels, disease, etc), plus an overall knowledge of fitness will work wonders. To know what you are doing in the gym will make the difference. Read fitness articles, listen to a podcast or even attend a free workshop given by a personal trainer. Being knowledgeable on your body and fitness will make the difference in this ‘Battle of the Bulge’.
In closing, this fitness quest, this thing we are engaged in- often is determined by desire (to lose weight and/or fat), discipline (to stay the course you purport yourself to do, in this case fitness) and lastly a hunger for knowledge. These things are “the basics.”