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What does your body fat percentage represent?

Your body fat percentage or body composition is the percentage of your body weight which is comprised of fat. Body composition can be assessed through several methods, one of the most accurate of which is hydrostatic weighing. Measurement of subcutaneous (surface) skin fold fat is a method that is commonly used for an estimate of body composition, but it is only as accurate as the skill of the person doing the measurement. This method of body composition assessment involves using special calipers to measure the subcutaneous fat at specific sites and then plugging these numbers into a formula to obtain one's body fat percentage. Make sure that if you choose to have a body composition assessment done that you choose an educated fitness professional to do it.