LEAN BODY MASS
Lean Body Mass is the total weight of your body, excluding your body’s fat mass.
Lean body mass includes the weights of below:
- Fluids in the body
- Muscle mass
The range of weak body mass that considered to be healthy is 70% to 90%. This rate is closer to the lower limit for women and closer to the upper limit for men. The clearest way to calculate your lean body mass is to have a body composition monitor that will accurately measure body fat percentage. For example; if your body fat percentage is 27%, your lean body mass will be 73%. You can also measure your bone mass, muscle mass and total body fluid. After meausirng you can sum up all of them and then you can check if your calculations is correct.
For example; Let’s say your percentages are like below.
Total body fluid: %55
Bone mass: %5.6
Muscle mass: %15
The result gives you the percentage of lean body mass as 75,6%.
Since your muscles and internal organs have a higher metabolic rate than equivalent fat weight, a good percentage of lean body mass increases your metabolism and facilitates the maintenance of your desired healthy weight. There is evidence that a high proportion of lean mass reduces inflammation. Because small fat cells in thin individuals promote healthy function, while enlarged fat cells in overweight or obese people promote inflammation and chronic disease.
There are many factors that can affect an increase in body weight. A few of them are as follows:
- An undigested meal or drink
- Water retention due to glycogen
- Water retention due to sodium
- Body fat gain due to an excess in calories
There is only one way to calculate your Lean Body Mass: Analyzing your body composition. Without testing your body composition, there will be no way of knowing any gain or loss in your body weight.