Body fat is one of the most troubling aspects of one's physique, whether man or woman. But it is not always the big bad enemy that it is touted as. It is required within the body in certain amounts to ensure proper insulation from cold and it is the body's energy storage reserve. It is that which gives a woman her soft curves and womanly shape; it is that which subtly defines all of our own beauty and definition.
On the other hand, too much body fat would lead to a number of health problems like heart diseases and blood pressure problems, strokes and a variety of other major problems which can lead to sudden deaths among those who we consider to be ‘perfectly healthy’ persons. These are the issues that we cannot readily see with our own eyes. But too much fat in the body would also manifest itself within the body as extra weight - something we would all be able to see ourselves. Obesity or overweight is the physical manifestation of this problem in our bodies.
Not everyone however wants to wait for the fat levels to become so advanced that we would be able to physically view its accumulation. Some of us would like to monitor our body fat levels ourselves on a regular basis, whether it is simply to keep track or our own weight loss attempts or whether is to keep track of our health (especially if you are within the high risk group). Some of the ways to do this are described below.
The most common way that many of us track our own body fat accumulation is through the use of scales. Not just any scale would work though - you need a body fat scale. This method makes use of the passage of a current through the body. The amount of resistance met with is an indication of the amount of fat within the body. The machine automatically translates this into a readable percentage that you can easily note and compare. For the woman, anything over thirty percent body fat is overweight, while it is twenty five for the man.
Another common method of measuring body fat is via the skin-fold method. This method requires that special calipers that are designed to take skin-fold measurements.
Hydrostatic weighing is another commonly described method of measuring body fat, but it is a more specialized and even difficult process since it measures your body fat and body density percentages based on the amount of water that you displace when completely submerged in water - granted however that you must completely expel all the air from your body in order to get accurate results.
David Yu writes about Weight Loss and Skin Care for tip4lady.