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Monitoring Weight Loss Progress- BMI Vs Body Fat %

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Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Body fat percentage is a better indicator of your weight loss progress!

Body fat percentage is a better indicator of your
weight loss progress!

While you are on your weight loss journey it’s best to keep track of your results. There are two ways you can monitor your progress. Firstly you can calculate your BMI and secondly you can opt to measure your Body fat percentage. Both are not only used to keep a check of your weight loss developments but are also utilized to examine your fitness levels.

BMI takes into account an individual’s weight and their height. However, when it comes to Body fat percentage, it utilizes a person’s weight, height, age, waist measurement and the hip circumference. Hence, as advocated by countless fitness enthusiasts, body fat percentage gives one a far better idea of their progress as compared to BMI.

Unlike BMI reading, body fat percentage will give you a complete profile of your body composition which includes your muscle mass or lean body mass, fat mass and total water weight. Being aware of your muscle mass is crucial as during a weight loss program many individuals end up losing a lot of muscle instead of fat. Such a scenario will only make your skin sag and your body will no longer look toned.  Hence when you are on the track of losing weight, instead of checking your BMI reading, aim to measure your body fat percentage every month.

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