There are basically three different methods for you to measure your body fat percentage levels.

The first method will be the skin fold caliper test. This can be one of the most accurate ways to measure the amount of body fat you are carrying around. This test will help you measure the amount of fats which reside directly underneath your skin. Measurements of this type of fats are made with a caliper. This test is carried out between your elbow and shoulder, right above the hipbone as well as on your abdominal region.

These measurements are then compared to a certain established standard for obesity. The only drawback is that the accuracy of the test depends on the skill of the person performing it.

The next type of measurement for your body fat percentage levels will be underwater weighing. For this method, you are weighed underwater. As fat tends to float while muscle tends to sink due to the differences in their density, we can measure the proportion of fat in your body by comparing your weight in and out of the water. However, this is not a feasible nor convenient method for most people.

Next, you can make use of height and weight charts. This is comparing your own measurements to an established standard for height and weight. In general, being 15 to 20 per cent over your acceptable weight is classified as obesity!

However, there are actually some problems in making use of these tables to determine if you are in the healthy weight range. This table can prove to be inaccurate if you have an exceptional amount of muscle or fluid within your body. In similar words, if you are a muscular athlete, you may be classified under overweight using this table, but it clearly is not the case! This is because muscle weighs more than fats. Also, if you are suffering from an usual case of water retention in your body, your weight will seem to be artificially high.

When making use of these tables, it is crucial to remember that these standards are based on figures by insurance companies. They also mean that the weights need not necessarily reflect the weights at which people look their best; being at those weights just mean that the chances of dying is lowest.

Although these body fat percentage measurement techniques are definitely not 100 per cent accurate, they can still serve as a general gauge.

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