Real Weight Loss Science part 3
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Calculating Your Weight Loss Goals
Once you know your body fat percentage (BF%), you can then calculate how much fat mass you have, and how much you need to lose based on what a healthy BF% is for you. This can help you determine how to achieve healthy weight loss that doesn’t put your body’s health at risk.
Let’s use an example of a woman in her 20’s who weighs 160 pounds and has 35% body fat. She wants to reduce her body fat to 22% to get into the healthy range for body fat percent for a female her age. Let’s calculate how much weight she needs to lose:
1. To calculate how much fat mass she has, we need to take her weight and multiply it by 35%:
a. 160 lbs x 0.35 = 56 lbs
2. Now that we know that 56 lbs of her body mass are made up of fat mass, we can find out how much fat-free mass, or lean mass, she has. Fat-free mass includes: muscles, bones, tissues and basically anything that doesn’t include fat.
a. 160 lbs - 56 lbs = 104 lbs
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3. Now that we know that 104 lbs of her frame are made up of fat-free mass, which is body weight she does NOT want to lose, we can figure out how many pounds of fat mass she needs to achieve 22% body fat:
a. 104 lbs x 0.22 = 23 lbs
b. 104 lbs + 23 lbs = 127 lbs
4. We have now determined her healthy weight goal, which is 127 lbs. So, to achieve this weight, she will need to lose:
a. 160 lbs - 127 lbs = 33 lbs
Therefore, this woman needs to lose 33 lbs of purely body fat in order to reach her healthy weight goal of 127 lbs and 22% body fat.
Once you’ve determined your body fat percentage, by using any of the methods we talked about, you can then use that number to calculate exactly how much weight you need to lose in order to reach a healthy weigh and healthy body fat percent.
So now you know a little bit more about weight loss. Even if you don't know everything, you've done something worthwhile: you've expanded your knowledge.
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