Body Fat 18%
18% Body Fat men - Average
Men who exceed the normal body fat range have greater risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, fatty liver disease and some types of cancer.
18% Body Fat women - Athletes
Women with too much body fat range have greater risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, fatty liver disease and some types of cancer.
18% Body Fat Men
Body weight consists of muscle, bone, fluids and fat.
Excess body fat places a load on the body and can be a health risk for men, depending on the percentage of body fat.
Men tend to gain body fat in the belly region, and this places them at a higher risk for heart disease.
Knowing what is the normal fat percentage and staying within that range will promote overall health and lower the risk of disease.
In the 18% body fat level, the separation between muscles starts to blur, almost no vascularity, or striations can be seen, typically there is a small stomach pouch of fat, the look is “soft” but not very round.
Most men are within the 18-24% body fat range.
18% Body Fat Women
To know our body fat percentage, as well as the minimum essential fat percentage can be useful if we are trying to lose weight.
Since our goal is usually losing fat, monitoring our body fat percentage shows us how successful we are.
If most our weight loss efforts are through increased exercise, just checking our weight might not be useful. We might actually gain weight, as muscles are heavier than fat.
A 18% body fat percentage in women is usually in the “fit” category of most body fat charts and is typical of many female athletes.
Some definition in the abs is apparent, there is body fat on the arms and legs, but it’s not too pronounced.
There is minimal, but some separation between muscles.
Calculate your body fat percentage
Percent body fat is the percentage of fat your body contains.
Exact body fat percentage cannot be precisely determined, but multiple methods are used to estimate it. You can use our body fat calculator to estimate your body fat percentage: