Weight Loss- Are You Obese? – Lean Body Mass

Weight Management

LBM is weight of your organs, skin, bones, body water, and muscle mass.
A healthy body fat percentage for women is between 14 and 31 percent, and, for men, it’s between 6 and 24 percent. Women with body fat more than 32 percent and men with more than 25 percent are considered obese.For a common man it is difficult to understand Lean Body Mass.
To start with our body is made up of cells which together combine to form tissues. Each cell is made of carbohydrate, protein, fat and water. When we subtract our Body Weight from body Fat, we get our lean body mass.

Lean Body Mass= Weight of your body – your fat mass.

How to Calculate Lean Body Mass?
LBM can be estimated using mathematical formulas:-
For men: LBM = (0.32810 × W) + (0.33929 × H) − 29.5336
For women: LBM = (0.29569 × W) + (0.41813 × H) − 43.2933

where W is body weight in kilograms and H is body height in centimeters.
Eg- a woman weights -60 kg and her height is 160 cm then her LBM=41 approx So , 41 (LBM)=60 (her body weight )- fat
Fat= 60-41=19 so this means she is not obese.

What is Lean Muscle Mass used for?

  1. To Maintain Weight :- Lean mass requires more energy to sustain than required by fat, so it makes our metabolism high. Thus making weight management easier.
    Building more Muscles, provide with strength and stamina, while excess fat only puts you at increased risk of disease. A lean body mass diet helps you maintain, and even build muscle while losing fat. Exercise should be a critical part of your plan, along with quality, nutritious food.
  2. For Medication:-The Lean Body Mass (LBM) has been described as an index superior to total body weight for prescribing proper levels of medications and for assessing metabolic disorders, as body fat is less relevant for metabolism.
    To achieve a lower body fat percentage, you need to build muscle or lose fat, or both. Just 10 weeks of resistance training can help you reduce fat by 4 pounds and increase muscle by 3 pounds, as indicated by Current Sports Medicine Reports in 2012. Resistance training can also produce improvements in bone density that can be 1 to 3 percent. Without exercise, you experience a loss of 3 to 8 percent of your muscle mass per decade after age 30, as a natural result of aging.
    You generally want to keep your lean body mass the same while you lose weight, so that the weight you lose is all from fat.

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