Know more about your body, and be healthier

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Know more about your body, and be healthier

Why body composition analysis can help you stay in step with your health and fitness goals?

Unlike body weight -- which just takes into account the number on the scale -- your body composition takes into account where your weight comes from. Knowing what percentage of your body weight is fat offers more insight into your health, since carrying too much fat tissue affects your health, even if your actual weight falls into a healthy range. Being overfat -- whether you're also overweight or have a healthy weight but a high body-fat percentage -- poses a major health risk, so maintaining a healthy body composition lowers the risk of certain obesity-related diseases.

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A definition of a healthy body composition changes according to your gender and age. As you age, it's normal for your body fat to increase a little -- a woman in her 50s, for example, should try to maintain a body fat level of 22 to 31 percent. It can be hard to get an accurate body fat measurement at home, but your doctor or an expert at a sports clinic can help you determine your body composition. Keep in mind that you can have an unhealthy body composition even if you have a healthy weight -- a condition sometimes called "skinny fat," or normal-weight obesity -- so you could still face a higher disease risk even if you're not overweight. While you can have normal-weight obesity at any age, you'll face a higher risk of it as you get older, due to your body's natural tendency to lose muscle and gain fat.

Remember -- when it comes to health, every little bit counts, and even a modest weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of your body weight significantly lowers your obesity-related disease risk. If you're not sure where to begin, consult nutrition and fitness professionals for help with your diet and exercise regimens.

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