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Body Fat Estimate (7 Skinfolds) Calculator Help

Calculating your body fat percentage by taking some measurements from the fat-storing zones will reveal your fitness level more accurately than scale weight alone. Combine these measurements with your gender, weight, and age and this calculator will find your percent of body fat, how much of your weight is lean mass and how much is fat mass, and your general fitness category.While the water displacement test is the most accurate way to determine body fat percent, skinfold tests are valuable because they can be done at home with the same person measuring each time, providing good measurements to monitor body composition changes over time.

Input Fields:

Title A title for these calculator results that will help you identify it if you have printed out several versions of the calculator.
US/Metric Choose US or Metric units.
Gender Select your gender.
Age Your current age.
Weight Your current scale weight.
Chest
Use calipers to measure a diagonal fold halfway (male) or two-thirds of the way (female - further from the nipple) between the nipple and the crease of the underarm. The angle of the fold should be along the imaginary line between the nipple and the underarm crease.  
Abdomen
Use calipers to measure a vertical fold about 2 inches (5 cm) directly right or left of your navel.  
Thigh
Use calipers to measure a vertical fold directly on the front of the upper leg and halfway between the knee and the crease created when you lift your leg.  
Triceps
Use calipers to measure a vertical fold directly on the back of the upper arm and halfway between the shoulder and elbow.  
Axilla
Use calipers to measure a vertical or horizontal fold on the side, straight down from the middle of the armpit to the same level as the lowest point of the breast bone (or xiphoid process).  
Subscapula
Use calipers to measure a diagonal fold on the back about 2 cm below the lowest point of the shoulder blade. The fold should be at about a 45 degree angle along an imaginary line from the middle base of the neck toward the outer edge of the hip bone.  
Suprailiac
Use calipers to measure a diagonal fold directly above the hipbone. The angle of the fold should be about the same angle as the hipbone.  

Output Fields:

Body Fat The approximate percentage of your body's mass that is made up of fat.
Fat Mass The portion of your weight that is fat.
Lean Mass The portion of your weight that is lean (not fat).
Body Fat Category Your body fat category depends on your gender and your body fat percentage.
Body Fat Categories Table This table shows you the Body Fat Range for each Classification so you can see how close your calculated Body Fat percentage is to the next Body Fat Classification range.

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All calculators are made available as self-help tools for your independent use with results based on information provided by the user. All examples are hypothetical and are for illustrative purposes only. Calculated results are believed to be accurate but results are not guaranteed. Exercise, Fitness, Health, and Weight Loss calculators are not for providing medical advice and should not be used as a substitute for advice from a medical professional. Users are advised to check with a physician before undertaking any strenuous exercise or diet plan.
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Updated 04 Jul 2007