Top 5 reasons to know your body fat percent (%)

Top 5 reasons to know your body fat percent (%)

Determine your goal weight and health risk with your body fat percent.

1. Establish a baseline

Determine your starting point.
“If you don’t know where you started, how will you know when you’ve made progress?”

2. Determine a goal weight

Establish a goal weight that is realistic and based on a healthy body fat percent.

3. Identify health risk

An unhealthy amount of body fat puts you at an increased risk for obesity related diseases such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

4. Prevent BMI misclassification

The BMI (body mass index) calculator does not measure body fat. Therefore, it may misclassify you as overweight when you are not overfat. Know your percent (%) body fat to prevent this.

5. Measure Progress

Track changes in your body fat percent to know if you are losing fat and not just weight.

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