Fortunately, recently, as a definition of the general state of human health, the percentage of body fat has been monitored, and not the body mass index, as it was before.
A lot of articles have been written about the percentage of fat in the human body, including the “Table of the percentage of fat” and “5 ways to measure the percentage of fat in the body”, as well as “The ideal body weight formula”. This article combines the basic ideas of the above articles and helps you visually imagine how much fat is contained in the body of a man and woman.
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The percentage of fat. The basics.
Below are some terms and concepts for a better understanding of this article and photos.
Percent fat is the amount of fat (in kg) divided by total body weight and converted to percent. For example, the percentage of fat in a man whose body weight is 80 kg and fat mass is 13 kg is 16% (30/180).
Body fat distribution
Each of us has a different distribution of body fat. For example, some women have very low abdominal fat and high fat in the thighs and triceps. For others, the opposite is true. The same is true for men. However, in most men, fat is usually deposited mostly in the abdomen. The following photographs show the most frequent areas of fat distribution in men and women.
Each of us has a different figure, so two completely different figures can have the same percentage of fat, even if they do not look the same. A great example are slim models and athletes. The percentage of fat they have is absolutely the same.
The photographs in this article show people from 25 to 35 years old. With age, the fat content in the human body increases. For example, a 20-year-old and a 50-year-old man have the same amount of subcutaneous fat, but in a 20-year-old man this amount will be 15%, and in a 50-year-old man - 20%. With age, the fat around the organs (visceral) and in the muscles (intramuscular) tends to increase.
When the human body becomes more prominent, the muscles become more noticeable and look like thin grooves.
Vascularity - that is, the appearance of veins in different parts of the body as the fat content decreases.
Visual representation of fat content in men
The fat content in men. Description.
3-4% fat in men
The percentage of bodybuilders fat during their preparation for the competition can reach only 3 - 4%. This fat content is characterized by increased vascularity, so that veins are visible on virtually every muscle in the body. Even on the buttocks you can see small gaps between the muscles. If there are none on the gluteal muscles, then the fat content is very low. The normal amount of fat content in men is considered to be about 2%. This is the necessary amount for the normal functioning of the body, since fat protects the internal organs of the chest and abdominal cavity.
6 - 7% fat in men
6 - 7% of the fat content in men is not as categorical as 3 - 4%, but, nevertheless, even such a percentage is not a normal indicator for most men. With this percentage of fat, your face becomes thinner, and your family begins to worry about you. In most models, as a rule, this is the level of fat content and it is noted by clearly distinguished muscles and the bright vascularity of most muscles, including the muscles of the arms, legs, and abdomen. Clearly visible muscles in the abdomen are a sign of low fat content. Just like a clear separation of muscles.
10 - 12% fat in men
This is the normal level of fat in the body of a man whose abdominal muscles are not visible as in men with 6 - 7% fat. However, the abdominal muscles are clearly visible. This is exactly the body that many men strive for and which women like. Muscle grooves are not very visible on each muscle, but only on the shoulders and arms.
15% fat in men
Men with this fat content are usually called “slim and fit.” The contours of the muscles are clearly visible, but there is no clear separation between them. Muscle grooves are usually covered with a small layer of fat. Nevertheless, the general shape of the body is quite beautiful, despite the absence of clearly visible muscles.
20% fat in men
With this fat content, muscles and blood vessels are not well visible. As a rule, sometimes a small tummy appears. Most men in New York have just such a fat content, between 20 - 25%. Perhaps in other places this percentage may vary. A man with a height of 180 cm and a weight of 81 kg usually has about 20% body fat.
25% fat in men
Muscles and blood vessels are practically invisible, and the waist increases significantly in volume (the ratio of the volume of the hips and waist is approximately 0.9). It turns out that a man with a height of 180 cm has a waist volume of 91 cm. The neck volume also increases slightly and small fat folds are visible, but in clothes this fat content is almost imperceptible. Men with more than 25% body fat have problems with obesity. And a waist volume of more than 101 cm is considered abdominal obesity.
30% fat in men
At a 30% fat content, fat is distributed throughout the body, including the waist, back, hips and calves. The waist looks a lot bigger than the hips, and the belly sags. Muscles are not visible at all.
35% fat in men
When a man becomes more and more and is gaining fat, most fat accumulates in his stomach. At 35%, the abdomen hangs even more, and the waist is not visible at all. Such men are called "beer belly." Waist size can be more than 101 cm.
40% fat in men
As with 35%, fat accumulates in the abdomen and waist. Waist can reach 145 cm or even more. With this fat content, daily movements, such as walking up stairs or inclines, become difficult. A man at this level is already close to obesity, and the body mass index exceeds 35. For a better understanding: a man with a height of 180 cm, who weighs 122 kg, has 73 kg of muscle mass and 40% fat.
Visual representation of fat content in women
Fat content in women. Description.
10 - 12% fat in women
This is an extremely low level of body fat, which is found only in women bodybuilders. The minimum fat content in a woman’s body is 8 - 10%, while in men it is only 2%. Why is there such a big difference? The fact is that women contain more fat in the tissues of the mammary glands and in the area around the uterus. This level of fat content is not considered normal for a woman and can be hazardous to health and can even cause menstruation to stop. Muscle grooves and blood vessels are clearly visible. The woman depicted in the photo most likely has 12% of the body fat content, as the vessels are not too visible.
15 - 17% fat in women
This level of fat is also very low and equates to 6 - 7% fat in men. Most models of underwear are just such a level of fat in the body and many of them have obvious disruptions in the functioning of the female body. The muscles of the press, legs, arms and shoulders are clearly visible. The hips and buttocks are usually less pronounced due to their low fat content.
20 - 22% fat in women
This level is typical for many athletes. The abdominal muscles are clearly visible, and there is some fat on the arms and legs. The level of separation between the muscles is, but it is minimal.
25% female fat
This is the level inherent in most women. Not too thin, but not too fat. The bend of the hips is clearly visible, and on the buttocks there is a slight fat deposits. A woman with a height of 163 cm and a weight of 59 kg has 25% body fat.
30% fat in women
While in men fat accumulates in the abdomen, in most women it is deposited in the thighs and buttocks. With this fat content, the hips are pronounced and have a rounded shape. This is considered the fat limit of a normal woman.
35% female fat
The hips become even larger, and the face and neck are rounded. The circumference of the hips can reach more than 100 cm, and the waist more than 80 cm. The abdomen begins to hang down.
40% fat in women
Hips and buttocks are getting bigger. The hips can reach more than 106 cm in circumference, the waist is more than 90, and the hips are more than 63 cm.
45% fat in women
The skin loses its beauty, and clearly visible folds appear. The circumference of the hips can reach more than 115 cm, and the waist more than 90 cm. The hips become noticeably wider than the shoulders.
50% fat in women
Fat becomes clearly visible on the skin. The circumference of the hips can reach more than 115 cm, and the waist more than 101 cm. The hips are clearly wider than the shoulders. For a better understanding: a woman with a height of 163 cm and a weight of 90 kg has 45 kg of muscle mass and 50% fat content.
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