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Body Fat

Body fat is the most important indicator of an individual’s health profile and professionals need to identify the possible health risks associated with having too much or too little fat.

The human body consists of two types of fat deposits, the essential and stored fats. The essential fat is the fat required for your normal physiological function. The stored fat consists of fat that builds up in adipose tissue.
Included in this nutritional reserve are the fatty tissues that protect the internal organs as well as the larger subcutaneous fat volume beneath the skin surface. Women tend to carry more fat than men; it makes up approximately 25% of a woman’s weight and 15% of a man’s.We all require some fat as a source of energy reserve. Obese people tend to have an excess amount of fat. This may look obvious and some people believe they can easily recognize when one is overweight, this is far from the truth. Fat is not distributed evenly and different people put on extra fat in different places.

Fat has a very high concentration source of energy. It is easy to consume too much of it. What is not burnt up as energy is laid down as body fat, leading eventually to obesity. Fats (lipids) that accumulate on inner wallsof blood vessels are particularly concerning as they have implications in health related illness.

Healthy body weight is based on present Fat Free Mass and % Body Fat goals. It is important to remember that current amount of fat is required for a healthy lifestyle. It is therefore better to achieve a % Body Fat between minimum and maximum values to avoid disease risk.
The very minimal % Body Fat for adults is estimated to be 5% for men and 8% for women normally associated with elite athletes.
With ageing the % of Body Fat increases and lean mass decreases this is associated with declining of physical activity levels.
It is not necessary to accept an increase in Body Fat as we grow older. We should attempt to maintain healthy levels of Body Fat at all times.
Climate conditions can affect body weight and fat. During the cold weather months our weight changes although our lean body weight (body weight less fat weight) does not.
These changes are attributed to differences in the amount of fat being stored in adipose tissue. Body Fat increases during the winter months as it insulates us against the cold. Summer months sees a slight decline in our weight and fat due to the energy expenditure and a decrease in appetite.
Regular monitoring of body fat with Maltron Body Composition Analyser in addition to good nutrition and exercise is essential.

By regular monitoring and keeping within the recommended body fat levels, you will feel, look better and most importantly live a healthy lifestyle.

Maltron is the first British manufacturer to offer you low cost, high precision and a highly accurate way of measuring body fat.