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It is a well known fact that women tend to carry more fat on their bodies (actually 13%) than their male counterparts (only 3%), for many reasons namely the reproductive system. There are many different machines for home use or even at your local gym that can measure your percent of fat but ideally you should go to your doctor or dietitian to get an accurate evaluation of your fat percentage. If you are looking to get fitter and healthier it’s always best to find out your body fat percentage and also your muscle mass so you can keep checks on it. Therefore you will know if you are doing the correct steps that are safe and effective.

The Significance of Burning Body Fat Rather than Muscle

Your actual lean body mass is made from metabolically lively tissue and is basically everything in your body that is not counted as fat. This includes muscles, bones and organs. It is a fact that the higher your lean body mass is, the more calories you can and will burn each and every day. For each pound of stored fat that your body has, you will need to take in two calories. Here is a simple calculation for you to mull over, let’s say you weigh 150 pounds and you have 25% of fat then this will mean that you have 38 pounds of fat on your body and 112 pounds of lean body mass.

Your Lean Muscle Uses Less Room than your Stored Body Fat

Everyone knows that your muscle is far denser than your fat. Basically by having 5 pounds of muscle on your body is the same as wearing 3 tangerines whereas having 5 pounds of fat would be the equivalent of having 3 grapefruits strapped to your belt.

Burn Fat and Lower the Body Fat Percentage Too many people use an unhealthy method of dieting which ultimately will burn the lean mass in addition to the body fat. This in turn will make it so much more difficult to keep the weight off. Also, exercising will help to reduce the percentage of body fat in women. Instead of following a diet that rarely works anyway just eat healthily and follow a correctly balanced nutritional diet. Perhaps see a nutritionist to see what works best for you. You can even try taking some herbal or vitamin supplements as they can be very beneficial if taken correctly.

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