There is a body fat normal percentage chart within this page which will tell you the healthy percentage for a man or woman. You most likely want to know the percentage because you are overweight. This is a great step you are taking by finding out the recommended percentage and it shows that you are really committed to losing weight.

First of all, let's go over what body fat normal percentage is. It is the total weight of the person's fat divided by the person's weight and reflect both essential fat and storage fat. Essential fat is that amount necessary for maintenance of life and reproductive functions. The percentage for women is greater than that for men, due to the demands of childbearing and other hormonal functions. Essential fat is 2-4% in men, and 10-12% in women. Storage fat consists of fat accumulation in adipose tissue, part of which protects internal organs in the chest and abdomen. Arguably body fat normal percentage is the superior gauge of an individual's fitness level, as it is the only body measurement which directly calculates the individual individual's body composition without regard to the individual's height or weight.

The widely-used body mass index (BMI), on the other hand, simply makes blanket assumptions as to what every individual of a certain height should ideally weigh, regardless of the body composition which makes up that weight. The BMI gives particular inaccurate information with regard to individuals with above-average lean muscle mass, classifying such individuals as "overweight" or "obese" despite the fact that their body fat percentage would indicate that they are in excellent physical condition. Obviously it would be a wise decision to stay away from the BMI. Below is the body fat normal percentage chart.

  Description Women Men 

Essential fat 10-12% 2-4%
Athletes 14-20% 6-13%
Fitness 21-24% 14-17%
Acceptable 25-31% 18-25%
Overweight 32-41% 26-37%
Obese 42% + 38% +

You now know what the body fat normal percent is. So if you are indeed overweight, do not worry, it's not too late to do something about it. Most diets consist of almost starving you to gain results. Not any more! Instead of limiting your daily intake of food or cutting out carbohydrates, you can now learn different methods.

People want to lose weight due to many reasons. Here is a list of the main ones with examples:

Health Reasons - obesity, thyroid

The Way They Look - man boobs, wanting a beach body

Negatively Affecting Relationships - loneliness, lack of sex drive

Seasonal Event - new years resolution, fit into bathing suit / bikini

Wedding - fitting into the dress

Pregnancy - getting rid of stretch marks / pregnancy weight

Personal Life - clothes do not fit, feeling unwell

Family Related - children overweight, obesity runs in the family

Work Related - can not hold onto a job, can not get a job

Self Confidence - being teased, depressed

Source by John Ripley