In this case, “Lean Body Weight” refers to the total weight of your body if you had absolutely no fat. That is, the weight of your bones, muscles, and organs. Fat is an essential part of every healthy body. Too much fat can put a strain on your body and health, but too little fat can be fatal. Essential Body Fat is the amount of fat needed to be considered healthy.
This table, from the American Council on Exercise, shows the percentage of Essential Body Fat for various groups and categories.
By entering your weight, height and gender in the table below, you’ll have a very good idea of what you would weigh in the absence of healthy Essential Body Fat. That is, how little is TOO little. [Note: to convert height and weight between Imperial and metric measurements, click on OnLineConversion.com]
So you’ve decided to lose some weight, or maybe you’re just trying to eat healthier. Maybe you’ve decided to exercise a bit more, or you’re even working toward a goal to be able to lift a certain amount of weight or to run a race. We’re all told that these are good things. They are […]
We’ve all seen those dramatic before-and-after photos of successful dieters. Alfred Hitchcock even used this form of diet success proof to make his signature cameo appearance in the movie Lifeboat. In the past, such before-and-after pictures were used as sales devices. Photographic proof of the effectiveness of a diet or fitness program is powerful evidence. […]
Everyone knows that excess weight is detrimental to your health, but it can be difficult to settle on the right plan. There are so many harmful fad diets that can lead you astray or even harm you. Here are some tips to help you decide on a weight loss plan that is safe and effective. […]
Many people think that exercise routines are all about groaning and sweating, that powering their way to exhaustion is a sign of a successful workout. That’s not the case at all. Except for extreme workouts designed for extreme results, exercising should be pushing gently against your personal envelope. Do what you can handle, and maybe […]
Calories are the body’s fuel reserve. We store calories as fat, and we burn that fat as we exercise. But what if we don’t exercise? Well, the less active we are, the less fat we burn. If you aren’t very active, you would need less food than if you were very active. Still, we all […]
Here are a few quick suggestions that should make your quest to lose weight just a little bit easier. Salad Have some salad before every meal. Not the mayonnaise-laden tuna or egg salad, but a light and flavorful array of chopped vegetables. Salads contain lots of fiber, help fill you up, and are low in […]
Is there a diet-friendly holiday? A time each year when we are all encouraged to eat lean meats, fresh vegetables, and vitamin drinks? A festival that avoids sugars, salts, and fats? Not on this planet. It might be hard to lose weight successfully during the holidays. While it’s tempting to eat every treat in sight, […]
Here’s a cool calculator that allows you to calculate your young child’s height and weight percentile based on age (of 3 years or less). It is represented using the growth chart. By maintaining a record of your child’s height and weight, you can safely guide him or her through childhood at a healthy weight. Any […]
While counting calories is at the core of every diet designed to lose weight (or to gain weight, for that matter), exercise is another key component. However, exercise often seems so much more daunting that merely controlling what we eat. Exercise takes effort and planning. It can be difficult and painful. Why subject yourself to […]