3 Ways To check your Body Fat percentage…

1. Use the visual body fat charts below…

Women click here for your chart
mens visual bodyfat chart

womens visual bodyfat chart

The pictures above are from LeighPeele.com and she goes into more detail here about visual bodyfat percentages but look at these other 2 pictures from LeighPeele.com…

men and women visual bodyfat

As you can see from the pictures above body fat % means how much fat you have and not how much muscle you have so for example…

You can be 10% body fat and look ripped or you could be 10% body fat and be very skinny with very little muscle mass & very little ab definition.

2. Use the cartoon chart…

men and women visual bodyfat cartoon

3. Use the body fat calculator below…

  1. Select "Man" or "Woman"
  2. Enter your height in inches (measure without shoes)
  3. Enter your waist size in inches (measure at the navel/smallest point)
  4. Women only, enter your hips size in inches (measure at your hips' largest point)
  5. Enter your neck size in inches (measure at your neck's largest point)

Man Woman

  • Height (inches)
  • Waist (inches)
  • Hips (inches)
  • Neck (inches)

Your Estimated Body Fat % is &…

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For Men A Body Fat Percentage of…

For Women A Body Fat Percentage of…

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1-35 of 219 Comments

retired disabled and cannot lift heavy things well
61 Y/O,5' 7",174 lbs,using treadmill walking a mile almost everyday is about the only exercise I get beside playing with my dog,anything else I might do with my limits to get back into my clothes

September 17, 2015

miriam archelous

I am 17 years..old but i have that big ass and good shape but my stomach is getting big which causes my shape to not shown up...so i need my stomach to be flat so that my shape to be good i am At TANZANIA in Africa continent....

August 24, 2015

Adrian Bryant

use this workout and this diet to lose belly fat

August 25, 2015


Terrible calculator. I'm 5'2" and 120 lbs right now. I have wide hips but my abs are visible and defined, my arms are toned. Only my thighs need a little work. I am working on losing 10 lbs but according to this calculator I am over 35% fat and therefore obese. I work in the medical field and I can tell you I have seen obese - I'm not it. I am well within normal range for my height and age. I hope this calculator doesn't mess with the head of a perfectly healthy person. WAY OVERESTIMATED! Use calipers instead

July 24, 2015

Courtney Graley

Assuming heavy work out 5-6 x per week, that brings you to a total of around 2800-3000 calories per day. I think that’s a decent estimate, but it’s hard to determine how rigorous you are working out. Tracking your weight is a good way to figure it out. If you are concerned you are eating too little, or too much, you may consider getting a BMR test using a metabolic analyzer. The Calorie Calculator will find out your weekly calorie need after analyzing your age, gender, height, weight, and the level of activity you undertake usually.

June 29, 2015


I am a 5ft 6 inches 228 lb male. This calculator says I am at 37% body fat. Complete nonsense because people say I am built like a line backer. I have very large muscles with minimum fat on my limbs. My excess is on my chest and stomach. I look more like the 20% pictures but it's still not close enough. Can I just pick an arbitrary 23% body fat to get my macros?

June 08, 2015

Bobby Watson

At 228 lbs and 23% body fat your lean body mass would be around 176 lbs. That is just massive. That would put you in a category with Franco Columbu and/or Chris Dickerson (both relatively short body builders in the 70's/80's). Franco could bench press over 500 lbs. I suspect your lean body mass is a little lower, and your body fat a little higher than you think. Mine was too.

August 03, 2015


I'm 18 years old, 135 pounds and 5 foot 7. I'm content with my body except for my stomach. I'm a good size except I have lots of lower belly fat that keeps me from a flat toned stomach. I've been watching what I eat and working out but I feel like nothing is getting me the right results and it's almost summer time.. Any suggestions on the quickest way to lose that lower belly fat?

May 18, 2015

Adrian Bryant

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May 18, 2015


It says that my body fat is 26% but I know that's not right because my stomach is flat and part of my obliques are visible. I know it's because of my larger hips. Is there a calculator that's more accurate for those of us that lift and have a big booty?

April 25, 2015


hght: 64
waist: 30
hips: 45

My stomach is nearly flat, but I have a little bit of lower stomach pudge. The body fat % calculator says that I am 36% body and need to lose around 20lbs (I weigh 169) to see any abs. Due to my body shape, is it possible to actually see abs prior to a 25% body fat percentage?

February 22, 2015


I am Physically Chanllenged Person. I need to reduce my body weight. I am not able to do exercises also. I need to be fit and slim. I dont know how it is possible i am on diet still the body has not been reduced. Fed of trying all the possibilities. So could please anyone wat to do and how to reduce body weight and get slim.

January 22, 2015

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January 22, 2015

Adrian Bryant

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January 23, 2015

John T.

First you have to accept a truth: Level of fitness, health, and fat percentage (skinniness) are all completely separate. You can be a sumo wrestler who is over 300 pounds and be a gifted athlete (fit), perhaps healthy as a horse, but also incredibly obese at the same time. Or you can be a stick figure who is very skinny, but have poor fitness and/or ill health. Not one of these things is absolutely tied to the others. That being said, you said you want to be fit, and fitness is usually defined as the ability to perform physical work. You can get skinny by dieting, but without exercise muscle will be lost at the same time. Continue dieting to lose fat... just don't expect fitness to be achieved at the same time without exercise.

June 02, 2015


Hello. I am 14 years old weighing 130 pounds average. I'm 5'2. Me waist is 29 inches, my hips 39 inches, and my neck 14 inches. I squat 180 pounds (max) and 145 for a general workout. However, I only bench 90 pounds and clean 95 pounds. How much weight can I lose to still be "healthy"? Also, how can I do it?

January 14, 2015


Was your but always big or did it get like that from squats?if it's from squats how long about did it take to get that big

January 18, 2015


I currently weigh 130 and I did the calculations above I have 29.58% of body fat how much weight do i need to lose??
Thank you,
Regards Jenny.

January 09, 2015

Adrian Bryant

how tall are you

January 10, 2015



January 19, 2015


I am 26 year olf mother of 4! I am weighing 200 lbs. I have a body fat percentage of 47.31%. Sad! I dont know where to begin to get healthy and back on track to losing weight! I want to lose weight to be a healthy active mother that can keep up with my kids! I want to look good and feel good about myslef! I currently have a gym membership but I dont know what I am doing obviously! I need a meal plan and and workout plan that I can follow on a daily! Please please please help me!
Thanks Nicole!

January 06, 2015


Go to livestrong.com

Free exercises and free meal plan!

January 17, 2015

John T.

That would make your lean body mass 94 pounds. You would look good by the time you reach 25-30% body fat. Female fitness models are in the range of 21-24%, and ripped athletes in the 14-20% bracket. Less than that and... you don't want to go there. That being said, your goal would to get below 122 pounds while not losing any more lean body mass. If you don't want to spring for a trainer, find a gym partner who can at least help you get started on doing total body exercises like squats.

June 02, 2015


Hi Adrian. ........ plz help me .... my body fat is 49% ... how much should I lose to be 31% body fat plz answer :) ....
And thank u so much ... u always have answers to my questions and helped me alot

January 04, 2015


I'm 15 years old, 5'7" at 18.98% body fat. I'm not worried about that other than my ass is flatish and all my fat is stored in my stomach. Can I even get a bubble butt? And if so how? Also how can I get rid of a little bit of this fat poich on my lower abdomen so I can acctually have definition but not a six pack? Thanks!!!

December 24, 2014

Adrian Bryant

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December 25, 2014


I have lost 127lbs. and now weigh 158 (female, 5'5"), but your calculator says I'm obese at 37.41% body fat. I don't think I can lose much more. I ride 40 minutes weekdays and an hour or more weekends. I walk 20 minutes every day. The calculators at www.nhlbi.nih.gov and www.webmd.com say I'm at 26.3% body fat. How can there be such a huge difference?

October 29, 2014


Here are a couple of things for you to consider:
First, congrats on your weight loss. It's pretty darn awesome. Second, you need to take your bone structure (frame size) into consideration. You can find the info online fairly easily. Third, at 158lbs for 5'5", you may still be obese, or at least marginally obese if not overweight, though you MUST consider your frame size. Finally, you're off to a great start fitness-wise, so just keep it up. You should eat a healthy, balanced diet, and when you are ready (bear in mind acclimatization to prevent injury), increase the intensity of your fitness activities. For example, you can run a portion of your 20 min walk, or ride uphill for a portion of your cycling time. Remember, calories in-calories out.

October 29, 2014

Adrian Bryant

all that matters is what you think and not some chart UNLESS your goal is to be at a certain bodyfat percentage?

October 29, 2014


Okay, www.nlm.nih.gov says I have a big frame size (wrist 6 and 5/8" with 5'5" height). As for eating healthy, I eat no grains -not even quinoa, no added sugars, juices, processed foods, dressings, or sauces (except tomato).
I was riding 20 miles a day on weekends, but it was taking up too much time. I won't run, because I don't want to mess up my joints any more than the excess weight already did. But I think I will go back to the 20 miles a day on weekend bike rides for a while. The terrain is all uphill out and downhill on the way back.

October 30, 2014


Actually, the calculators you linked don't give you %body fat, they give you BMI. BMI is a measure of the relative relationship between weight and height, and is measured in kg/m2, not %body fat. BMI is useful because it is very fast to calculate for any individual, but it does have some short comings. First it can't tell the difference between a muscular individual and an low muscle mass individual who may weight the same. Second, it can't tell someone with a large frame from someone with a small frame who may be the same height, but have different ideal weights. %body fat calculators try to account for these shortcomings by including your waist, hips, and neck into the calculations.

December 14, 2014


Hi t.ferree and CONGRATULATIONS on such a remarkable feat!!!!!
YOU are FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A couple things to keep in mind:

1) Of the two websites you listed, WebMD is more accurate, because it's NOT just BMI- but also takes into account 1) AGE (important factor) and 2) pants size, which gives an estimate of your waist. (Knowing your actual waist size - measure right across the belly button) is even better.

Without incorporating AGE, bodyfat % is not very accurate. Also, waist circumference is very important since some people (read the comments) can be slim, but have more visceral (belly fat). Belly fat is the most harmful type of fat to the body because it poisons the liver and since belly fat is hormonally active (unlike adipose tissue), it negatively affects the heart's rhythm. Belly fat also compresses other organs and negatively impacts their function. Belly fat increases risks for CHD, Stroke, diabetes and other diseases.

You don't need to necessarily do more cardio. Continue doing walking, bike riding and swimming (if you like it and have access to a pool), but you'll also need to start some light weight training, so you can begin to build muscle and continue to burn fat, especially visceral fat. Even body weight training (planks, lunges, squats, pushups will be very very helpful for gaining muscular strength).

It's great you're avoiding sugar and grains if that works for you. (each of us are different). I found that drinking green juices and smoothies as well as avoiding sugar and all types of flour / processed foods, worked for me. Im not heavy, just wanted to lose 10 pounds, but despite being very athletic and a personal trainer, yoga and pilates instructor, could not lose those stubborn 10 pounds. Not craving sugar is a wonderful thing, isn't it??

I hope this is helpful for you and again, congratulations on your wonderful feat!!!!

January 03, 2015

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