The types of weight loss calculators explored in this article are: BMI Calculator, Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator, Body Fat Calculator, and Calories and Fat Calculator.
Three, Free, Weight Loss Calculators
Most everyone is familiar with the BMI Chart that is used for calculating ideal weight ranges. The body mass index, or BMI, was developed in the 19th century as a formula to give the government a quick and easy way to measure the degree of obesity in the general population.
However, BMI does not give an accurate picture of healthy weight. Read: “How Much Should I Weigh?” For one thing, BMI does not consider waist circumferences, a clear indicator of the level of obesity.
In addition, BMI does not measure level of fatness accurately. A person could have a high BMI but not be overweight or obese. A person can be fit with very little fat and have a high muscle mass.
That said, most of us are not athletes with a high muscle mass. If your BMI is high then you probably need to lose weight. Use this free BMI Calculator on HealthCentral.
For greater accuracy, specialists recommend using a combination of Body Mass Index (BMI), Body Fat, and Lean Body Mass to calculate ideal healthy weight.
Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator
Central obesity is measured by comparing the circumference of the stomach to the circumference of the hips. Use this free Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator from SparkPeople.
Women with waist-to-hip ratios of more than 0.8 have increased health risks because of their fat distribution. Men with waist-to-hip ratios of more than 1.0 have increased health risks because of their fat distribution.
Body Fat Calculator
Body fat calculators give an indication of body composition (muscle and fat). Two people with the same body weight and height can have completely different body compositions. This free Body Fat Percentage Calculator from FitWatch estimates body fat using weight, age, and waist size.
You will want to be in a lean or moderate classification for body fat percentage.
Body Fat Rating Scale
Home Body Fat Test
You can test body fat by using different methods. Health Central has developed a method that is both accurate and convenient. You can do it yourself right now – all you need is a cloth tape to measure different parts of your body. Take HealthCentral’s Home Body Fat Test.
Also, check out this comprehensive guide to body fat testing on Mind to Muscle Fitness.
Recommended Daily Calories and Fat Calculator
The average American gets approximately 45 percent of his/her calories from fat. This is too high for most of us. If you are trying to lower the fat in your diet, exactly how many calories and how much fat should you eat? Get your recommendations for daily calories and grams of fat by using HealthCentral’s Recommended Daily Calories & Fat Calculator.
For example, the recommendations for my fat and calorie intake using this weight loss calculators is as follows:
Percent of total calories from fat: 20%
Total recommended calories per day: 1400 to 1700
Total grams of fat per day: 30-40 g
Bear in mind, these weight loss calculators are not meant to be a source of medical advice and should not be used as a substitute for advice from a medical professional. Before starting any diet to lose or add weight, be sure to consult your doctor to discuss what is the best weight for you.
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