The percentage of body fat: how to find out, photo examples

Previously, the human body mass index was used to determine overall health. Today, for this purpose, the percentage of body fat is monitored.

A lot of articles can be found on this topic, including the definition of this indicator using tables, formulas or other methods. This material discusses the main ideas of these articles, and the result is presented in pictures for a visual representation of the state of the male and female body, depending on this indicator.


  • 1 What is the percentage of fat> 2 Fat distribution
  • 3 Features of the figure
  • 4 Age
  • 5 muscle grooves
  • 6 Percentage of fat: male body
    • 6.1 3-4%
    • 6.2 6-7%
    • 6.3 10-12%
    • 6.4 15%
    • 6.5 20%
    • 6.6 25%
    • 6.7 30%
    • 6.8 35%
    • 6.9 40%
  • 7 Fat content in percentage terms: female body
    • 7.1 10-12%
    • 7.2 15-17%
    • 7.3 20-22%
    • 7.4 25%
    • 7.5 30%
    • 7.6 35%
    • 7.7 40%
    • 7.8 45%
    • 7.9 50%
  • 8 How to reduce the percentage of body fat - Video

What is the percentage of fat?

To have an idea of ​​what is discussed in this material, it is necessary to deal with several terms and concepts.

How is this percentage calculated? The amount of fat in kilograms is divided by body weight and then converted to a percentage. For example, with a total weight of 80 kg of a man and a weight of fat of 13 kg, the percentage of fat content will be 16.

Fat distribution

Each has its own characteristics of the body and body, including the distribution of body fat. So, some women have a small amount of fat on their stomachs, and there is an excess in the triceps and hips. Others have the opposite. For men, in most cases, fat deposits are mainly observed in the abdomen. The pictures clearly show in which parts the fat is most often deposited in the female and male sexes.

Figure Features

They are also different for everyone, so people with the same percentage of fat will look different in appearance. As an example, here we can cite models and athletes who have this indicator exactly the same, and the differences are visible to the naked eye.


The pictures show people in the age category of 25-35 years. It should be noted that the older a person becomes, the greater the amount of fat contained in his body . For example, men aged 20 and 50 years have the same percentage of fat in the body, but the first (young) it will be 15%, and the second - 20%. This is due to the property of fat increase with age around organs and muscles.

Muscle grooves

In the process of pumping the body, a relief is formed, the muscles become more noticeable and resemble grooves in appearance. It is also important to have an idea of ​​what vascularity is. As the percentage of fat content decreases, veins appear on the body - this is the meaning of this term.

Fat content as a percentage: male body


This percentage of fat is typical for bodybuilders in preparation for sports. In this case, increased vascularity is observed - veins are visible on almost every muscle. Even the muscles on the buttocks have small gaps, and the absence of those indicates a very low fat content. The norm for men is about 2% fat. It is this amount that is necessary for the body to function normally, since fat protects organs in the abdominal cavity and thoracic region.


This indicator is not as categorical as the previous one, but it is still not normal for most representatives of a strong field. The fact is that this is reflected in the appearance, for example, the person looks emaciated, which causes concern to the people around him. Such a percentage of fat content is typical for most models, their muscles are clearly distinguished, there is a bright vascularity, including muscles of the limbs and abdomen. When the abdominal muscles are clearly visible, the muscles are clearly separated - this indicates a low fat content.


It is a normal level for a man. Of course, the abdominal muscles are not as clearly visible as in the previous case, but the muscles of the press are clearly visible. This is exactly the state and shape of the body that most men aspire to. He is considered attractive to the fair sex. Such a percentage of fat content is characterized by grooves only on the arms and shoulders, and not on each muscle.


This level corresponds to men with a fit and slender figure. The contours of the muscles are clearly visible, but there is no visible separation between them. As a rule, grooves are covered with a small amount of fat. However, this does not negatively affect the shape of the body - the figure is beautiful, despite the fact that there is no obvious muscle allocation.


This level of fat content is characterized by a not very clear allocation of muscles and blood vessels. In most cases, men have a small tummy. For example, the male population of New York mainly has a fat content of between 20-25%. But in other places this indicator may vary. As a rule, in a man, with a height of 180 cm and a body weight of 81 kg, the body fat content is about 20% fat.


In this case, there is a significant increase in the volume of the waist, muscles and vessels are practically not visible. With a man’s height of 180cm, the minimum volume of his waist can reach 91cm. Also, such a percentage of fat content is characterized by a slight increase in neck volume, small fat folds. But all this is beautifully hidden by clothes. Men who have a higher fat level than that indicated in this paragraph are faced with obesity. An abdominal type of obesity is recognized if the waist size exceeds 101cm.


This indicator is characterized by the spread of fat throughout the body, including the formation of fat deposits in the waist, hips, back, and calves. Visually, the waist looks more than the hips, the muscles are not visible at all, the stomach sags.


When body weight is constantly increasing, the amount of fat increases, a greater amount of which accumulates in the abdomen. At this level, an even more sagging belly is observed, the waist as such disappears altogether (its volume can exceed 101 cm). Such a stomach is called a "beer".


As in the previous case, body fat is concentrated in the waist and abdomen. Waist size can exceed 145cm. With this indicator, a person is faced with a number of movement problems, especially on stairs. It's hard to bend down. These are the first signals of obesity!

Fat Content Percentage: Female Body


The minimum level that can be observed only in women engaged in bodybuilding. Vessels and muscle grooves are clearly visible. For the normal functioning of the body, a fat content of 8-10% is permissible. What is the reason for this difference compared with the minimum indicator for men (2%)?> 15-17%

Corresponds to the second male fat level. Such an indicator is typical for the bulk of models advertising underwear. Moreover, most of these may encounter problems associated with impaired functionality of the body. The muscles of the limbs, shoulders, and press are clearly visible. Due to the low fat content, the shape of the hips and buttocks is not pronounced.


In the body of most athletes, this is the percentage of fat content. A small amount of fat is observed on the extremities, abs muscles are clearly visible. The minimum level of muscle separation among themselves.


It is characteristic of the majority of the fair sex. Such a woman can not be called too thin, but not fat. A small layer of fat is present on the buttocks, the bend of the hips is clearly visible. This level is characteristic, for example, at 163cm height and 59kg of body weight.


Unlike men, in whom fat accumulation is mainly observed in the abdomen, in the majority of women it is deposited in the buttocks and hips. The latter are pronounced with a rounded shape. 30% fat is the upper limit for an ordinary woman.


An even greater increase in the hips, rounded shapes take on the neck and face. Hips can exceed 100cm, waist - 80cm. Begin to sag belly.


The circumference of the hips can exceed 106cm, the waist - 90cm, the hips - 63cm.


At this level, the appearance of noticeable folds is characteristic, the skin condition worsens. The hips may exceed 115cm, waist - 90cm. The shoulders look noticeably narrower than the hips.


The hips become even larger, significantly exceeding the width of the shoulders. The skin condition worsens, the fat is clearly visible. The hips may exceed 115cm, and the waist 101cm. Example: with a woman’s height 163cm and body weight 90cm, half of them are muscle mass, the remaining 50% is fat.

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