Body Fat Percentage Chart: What Is The Ideal Body Weight Is?

Body Fat Percentage Chart: What Is The Ideal Body Weight Is?

Body Fat Percentage Chart: What Is The Ideal Body Weight Is?
Body Fat Percentage Chart: What Is The Ideal Body Weight Is?

Here are some of the body fat percentage chart given by most trusted authorities. I am going to compare their charts on body fat percentage and provide you the exact amount of body fat percentage you need. Basically, the body fat percentage is the total mass of fat divided by total body mass, times 100.

There are two types of fat in our body: One is essential body fat and the other is Storage body fat.

Essential Body Fat:

Essential body fat is the amount of fat needed to keep a person alive and to carry on the reproductive system. The essential body fat amount of women is higher than men because women have to give birth and maintain ovulation.

Storage body fat:

Storage body fat is the fat accumulated in the adipose tissue. Adipose tissue store energy in our body in the form of lipids. It also protects our internal organs in the chest and abdomen area, cushions and insulates our body. When the body requires more energy, it will burn stored fat in a chemical process called metabolism. Though some amount of storage body fat is needed in the body, excess accumulation of it can have dangerous consequences.

BODY FAT PERCENTAGE CHART – 1
Body fat percentage chart by American Council Of Fitness (ACF)
WOMEN (% Fat) MEN (% Fat)
ESSENTIAL FAT 10-12% 2-4%
ATHLETES 14-20% 6-13%
FIT 21-24% 14-17%
ACCEPTABLE 25-31% 18-25%
OBESE 32% Plus 25% Plus

In this chart by American Council of Fitness (ACF), they have classified the body fat percentage of both men and women.

According to them the Essential amount of fat needed to survive for women is 10-12%, and for men is 2-4%.

To get an athletic type of body we have to range our body fat for women 14-20%, and for men is 6-13%.

They said that to remain fit, we have to maintain our body fat for women in between 21-24%%, and for men is 14-17%%.

For an acceptable range of body fat, i,e. neither too fat nor too lean, or you are on the verge of obesity are for women 25-31%, and for men are 18-25%

And we can say the people as Obese when their fat percentage for women is above 32%, for men is above 25%.

BODY FAT PERCENTAGE CHART – 2
Body fat percentage chart by American Council On Exercise (ACE)
DESCRIPTION MEN WOMEN
ESSENTIAL FAT 2-5% 10-13%
ATHLETES 6-13% 14-20%
FITNESS 14-17% 21-24%
AVERAGE 18-24% 25-31%
OBESE 25% PLUS 32% PLUS

The American Council On Exercise (ACE) has divided the body fat percentage of men and women in five points through this chart.

Essential Fat for men is 2-5% and women require 10-13% in order to survive.

Athletes are those person who has 6-13%% of body fat percentage and 14-20% for women.

To remain Fit, according to (ACE), your body fat percentage should range between 14-17% for men and 21-24% for women.

Average people are those between 18-24% for men and 25-31% for women. These people need to be careful that they should not gain wait further and try to lose weight because they are on the doorstep of being obese.

The last point in this chart is Obese people whose body fat percentage is more than 25% for men and more than 32% for women. They are in real danger and have to lose weight in order to live a happy and illness-free life.

BODY FAT PERCENTAGE CHART- 3
Ideal body fat percentage chart by “JACKSON & POLLOCK”
Age (Years) Body Fat% Body Fat%
Men Women
20 8.5% 17.7%
25 10.5% 18.4%
30 12.7% 19.3%
35 13.7% 21.5%
40 15.3% 22.2%
45 16.4% 22.9%
50 18.9% 25.2%
55 20.9% 26.3%

The above body fat percentage chart is provided by “Jackson & Pollock”. They have divided the ideal body fat percentage between men and women aged between 20 to 55 years escaping 5 years.

This chart has provided us the exact data through our ages, the amount of fat we need to have healthy physic. If you are fall between the ages depicted in the chart, not the exact age number, then either increase or decrease some amount of fat according to the nearest age. Suppose your age is 22 years, then for men you can take 9% and for women 18.1%. It is not the exact number but you can assume it which will not be wrong either.

BODY FAT PERCENTAGE CHART- 4
Body fat percentage chart by Fitnescity
CLASSIFICATION WOMEN MEN
LOW BODY FAT RISK UNDER 15% UNDER 5%
ULTRA LEAN 15-18% 5-8%
LEAN 18-22% 8-12%
MODERATELY LEAN 22-30% 12-20%
EXCESS FAT 30-40% 12-20%
HIGH BODY FAT RISK ABOVE 40% ABOVE 35%

This body fat percentage chart by Fitnescity has classified the ideal fat percentage of men and women under 6 categories. By reading the chart we can determine in which category we fall under.

They have depicted whether you fall under Low Body Fat Risk, Ultra Lean, Lean, Moderately Lean, Excess Fat, and High Body Fat Risk.

According to me, you have to keep your body weight in the MODERATELY LEAN category to have an ideal body weight.

The Overview

By going through all these charts of ideal body weight I have come to the conclusion that you have to fall between 15-20% of body fat if you are a man.

If you are a women then try to maintain your body weight between 22-27% to keep it ideal.

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