I'm not really quite sure how it works, but I measured myself and did the calculation, (you can click on images for a bigger, clearer image)
|Screen grab from http://www.bmi-calculator.net/body-fat-calculator/metric-body-fat-calculator.php|
and it says I have 24.94% body fat, which just gets me into the fit category.
|Screen grab from http://www.bmi-calculator.net/body-fat-calculator/body-fat-chart.php|
Only just. Apparently, the body fat calculator works on some formula used by the US Navy. I've always just been using the BMI calculator, and have always been within the normal BMI zone. Using the above stats, plus my height of 160cm, my BMI is 19.9. The healthy zone is 18.5-24.9 using the regular BMI stats, and and 18.5-23.9 for Asians.
In both BMI calculations, my weight falls into the healthy category, but I am carrying more body fat than what I originally thought. I'm sure it is possible for some people to be in a normal BMI range, and yet be obese in the body fat calculator, or just in the essential fat zone.
My current goal is to keep it within the 21-24%, perhaps... I'm barely scraping the margins of that category. I've never been too hung up on weight before, because I've always been fairly light but body fat... now that's another issue! Ultimately though, my belief is that no matter what your body percentage or your weight is, as long as you are fit, and you are exercising regularly, numbers don't matter in the end.
If you do work out your body fat, do share your reactions to your result. Was it what you expected?