Am I Fat?

Am I fat?Am I fat?” How many times have you heard this question? I do not know about you, but I have heard it enough times to know that many people are trying to figure out whether or not they are overweight, and need to lose weight.

There are some scientific ways to determine if your excess body weight is due to fat. Skinfold thickness, for instance, can be measured with a caliper, and body density can be figured by weighting a person underwater.

But you do not need to go to extremes to find out if you need to shed a few unwanted pounds. So let us put an end to the Am I fat? question with these simple tests.

Mirror Test

Be your own judge. If you see too much of you in the mirror, it may be the time to shed a few pounds.

Pinch Test

Using your thumb and forefinger, pinch a fold of skin and the back of your upper arm. If the fold is more than an inch thick, your may have some excess body fat.

Ruler Test

Lie on you back. Place a 12-inch ruler on your stomach pointing from head to toe. If both ends of the ruler fail to touch your body, unless you are pregnant, guess what?

Girth Test (for men)

Place a belt around your middle. Mark the spot where you fasten the ends. Now place the belt around your chest. If you are wider at the waist than at the chest, you are carrying more fat on your body than you need. [source: The American Dietetic Association]

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