Body Fat Percentage
This is an assessment of the percentage of how much your body is made up of fat. It includes the vital organs, muscle tissues and especially water.
Methods of Measuring
Skinfold Measurement (Skin Pinch)
Bioelectrical impedance analysis (Handheld/Scale Deviced)
Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (Dexa Scan)
Height and circumference methods (Measurement Collections)
Hydrostatic Testing (Underwater Density Test)
The third method, Dexa Scan, gives the most accurate result apart from autopsy. But you do not really need the exact computation of your body fat percentage. At the gym, the Bioelectrical Impendance is usually conducted, either you step on a cold weighing scale with metals on it or your hold a device that has metals on it as well.
Nutritionists usually use the BMI (Body Mass Index) in computing your total well being because it is the easiest. But for more health conscious and people who rat at the gym with obscure goal to show off toned muscles, body fat percentage is the right method to use.
Below are different pictures and nearly-like images of a human body in their corresponding body fat percentages.
Similarities and Differences
Not everyone look the same if they have the same body fat percentage. I am showing you the extremes of differences when people do their regular workout compared from those who do not but have the same percentage, in short, skinny.
Likewise, the body fat percentage is not an indicator of composition of lean muscle mass nor muscle composition.