Your body fat percentage is basically how much of your body consists of fat. The normal percentage for a woman is between 20%-30%. Anything over 30% is considered fat and anything over 34% is considered obese. The world is actually experiencing an epidemic of obesity. According the World Health Organization there are one billion overweight adults with 300 million of them being obese. In this article we will talk about some of the causes and some of the cures.
Part of the reason there are so many overweight people is because the things we eat cause us to get fat. Sure we all know that overeating on cake and ice cream is something to avoid. But, even if we watch our consumption we are likely to get fat. This is because the majority of things that are produced for our consumption these days have additives that aren’t good for us. For example, High Fructose Corn Syrup replaced sucrose as a sweetener back in the 1960’s. That is because it was cheaper to use. The problem is that it converts to fat faster than sucrose and is now in virtually everything, even so called health foods.
To maintain and even lose weight you should avoid as many processed foods as possible. Eat things that are closer to the way nature intended such as fresh fruit, nuts and vegetables. Eat lean beef, chicken, fish and bison.
Now, the best way to reduce your body fat percentage is by lifting weights. Yes, you will burn more calories by running for the same amount of time you spend lifting weights. However, you will continue to burn calories well after your workout when you lift weights. This is because lean muscle weighs more than fat and the body must work harder to carry it. Consequently you burn more fat.