Facts About Bodyfat.

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How Much Is Too Much BodyFat?

It is generally accepted than men should have less than 18% total bodyfat and women 23% or less. However, experts suggest that an excess is not particularly hazardous to ones health until an individual accumulates to 35% and 40% total bodyfat respectively. Such levels definitely constitute obesity and potentially if not most probably, have a detrimental effect on one's health.

Where Does BodyFat Come From?

Fat is produced by the body when an excess intake of calories in the form of food or drink occurs. When the diet provides the body with more calories than it needs for general maintenance and its current level of physical activity, this excess energy is stored in the form of body fat.

How Do I Lose Excess Fat?

The removal of excess fat is by a reversal of the bodily processes that store excess energy, if an individual burns more energy than he or she is consuming, the extra energy stored in the body will be removed to be broken down for physical activity.

How Does Exercise Affect BodyFat?

An increase in regular exercise will help to increase your calorie expenditure. The more physical activity you do the more calories you will burn. Accordingly, if you increase your physical activity and do not increase your intake of food, you will draw the extra energy needed from your stored body fat.

Why Do Weight Gains Always Seem To Go On The Same Place?

The body tends to deposit fat according to your individual genetic code. Hereditary characteristics dictate areas in your body that accumulate fat. If you are a typical female, you will accumulate fat around your thighs, and hips. Males typically accumulate fat around the midriff and lose it there last.

Can I Remove Fat From A Specific Body Part?

Unfortunately NO. If you exercise a particular part of the body, muscle tissue under the fat will become firm and make the overall appearance of that region look better. However, such specific exercises will not reduce the quantity of fat within the area.

How Many Calories Will It Take To Lose 1 Pound Of Fat?

A calorie is a unit of energy. The deficit needed to lose one pound of fat is approximately 4000 calories. This rule of thumb may vary considerably depending on the nature of the fat lost. For long term weight loss, this figure is probably quite accurate.

There is a real difference between weight and fat.

Weight could be fat, water or even muscle tissue, where-as fat is FAT! The loss of weight through excess sweating is not fat, but water. Such weight returns immediately as you consume liquid.

A certain amount of fat is essential to bodily functions. Fat regulates the body temperature, cushions and insulates organs and tissues, and is the main form of the body's energy storage.  Knowing your body fat percentage can help you determine if your weight loss goals are realistic.

Remember, weight loss doesn't aways mean fat loss.

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