Calculating your Body Fat Percentage before you start the diet is extremely important and helpful - in particular with the cabbage soup diet. I will explain this in a minute.
Another more general tool is to check your BMI. The result shows you, if you are really overweight.
To see how a professional might view your current state of health here our recommendation. Start with checking your BMI here below and proceed with calculating body fat percentage, described in the following.
Enter your weight in pounds and your height in inches in the form below and press the "Let's see" button (Please read disclaimer below before using this form)
If you want to look behind the BMI calculation here a short explanation:
Body Mass Index can be calculated using pounds and inches with this equation:
Weight in Pounds/((Height in inches)x(Height in inches)) x 703
For example, a person who weighs 220 pounds and is 6 feet 3 inches tall has a BMI of 27.5.
220/((75 inchesx75 inches))x 703= 27,5
Body Mass Index can also be calculated using kilograms and metres (or centimeters).
Weight in kilograms/((Height in metres)x(Height in metres))
For example, a person who weighs 99.79 Kilograms and is 1.905 Meters tall has a BMI of 27.5.
99.79 Kg/((1.905 m) x (1.905 m))= 27.5.
< 19: NO diet please!
19-25: ideal weight, low health risk
> 25: light overweight, with the successful diet cabbage soup you
will lose some pounds
> 31: significant overweight, you should
always consult a medical
practitioner on diet
Is your BMI higher than 35? Then maybe the successful cabbage soup diet can't help. Check here if the bariatric surgery concept could be something for you.
Exceptions to a high BMI score include competitive athletes and body builders whose score is high due to increased muscle mass, or women who are pregnant or lactating.
The BMI is not intended for use in assessing growing children or frail or sedentary elderly individuals.
Have you ever heard of calculating Body Fat Percentage? Excess body fat, associated with high blood pressure, heart desease and diabetes, is not always visible and cannot be measured on a ordinary scale.
On the other hand somebody with an high BMI may have high muscel mass and a very low fat mass. If you think this is you then please stop! You really should not go on diet!
A Special Body Fat Scale measures your weight and then calculates your body fat percentage.
There are several fat scales on the market.
Our family uses a Tanita Scale for body fat monitoring. Tanita is the Pioneer of bringing Body Fat Monitors to the world and also for me the best quality choice!
Especially Tanita Scale BF 682 has been wonderful. So many scales when I get off and then immediately reweigh I get a different result. This scale is repeatable!
The special feature this product has, Athlete Mode for my husband, Adult Mode for me, and Child mode for the kids, as well as Memory for all 4 of us is a great benefit.
In addition, I can see my previous weight and Body Fat % and compare the difference to the current measurement.
With an investment in a body fat scale you make steps towards a longer and healthier
life. It gives you a fuller picture of your overall fitness in seconds and you can make informed decisions about your diet.