High Body Fat Percentage?
Topic: High Body Fat Percentage?
July 19, 2019 / By Emmett Question:
Im a 20 years old girl. My height is 153cm and my weight is 54kg.
My body fat percentage is 35%. I checked my body fat percentage using the scale machine. is my body fat percentage possible for me or it has been an error in the machine?
I went to one of the slimming outlet and they checked my body fat using a scale machine that can check my weight and body fat percentage. I dont know what machine is it. My friend who is fatter than me do have a less body fat percentage than me. She only have have around 26% while mine is 35%.
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Clive | 3 days ago
Why and How to Measure Your Body Fat Percentage
Your body fat percentage is one of the best indicators of your fitness and nutrition program. Many people weigh themselves and judge their results on the bathroom scale. However there is one major problem with using the scale to determine your progress.
The best way to illustrate this is by using an example. Let’s say you have been working out for a month now. You initially weighed 160 pounds. You weigh yourself this morning and you are 157 pounds. Your cannot believe that you’ve only lost three pounds! You become frustrated and want to give up.
The scale shows that you lost three pounds, but it does not tell you if you lost fat or muscle. Testing your body fat percentage will tell you how much fat you lost and how much muscle you’ve gained. You see even though the scale says you lost three pounds, you could have lost 8 pounds of fat and gained 5 pounds of muscle. That would equal a net loss of 3 pounds.
There are three main ways to measure body fat. They are calipers, bio-impedance devices and hydrostatic testing. Hydrostatic testing can be done at universities or hospitals but tend to be more expensive than most people are willing to pay for a body fat test. Calipers and bio-impedance, or hand held, devices are more common. Both have a margin of error of about 3-4%.
Calipers are better if someone else takes the measurements for you and they are trained professionals. Caliper measurements need to be taken in at least three areas (usually belly, thigh and triceps) and then average them all out to get an overall body fat percentage.
Bio-impedance devices are easy to do by yourself. It takes about 7 seconds for a reading to register. The reading can vary depending on your body's hydration levels, sodium levels, temperature, and a host of other things. There are devices that you can hold in your hands or ones you can step on. Overall the actual number is not as important as the range you are in. You also want the overall pattern of your body fat percentage to decrease until you are at healthy levels.
Calipers and bio-impedance devices will both give you an estimate to as to how much body fat you actually have.
Here are ranges of body fat levels for women:
Essential Fat= 10-12%
Obese= 32% plus
Here are ranges of body fat levels for men:
Essential Fat= 2-4%
Obese= 25% plus
Knowing your body fat level is a far better indicator of your progress. It allows you to accurately assess whether your fitness and nutrition program is working for you or against you. Simply using a bathroom scale will not let you know how much fat you have lost or how much muscle has been gained.
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Originally Answered: body fat percentage. too high?
It is hard to give you any specific answer as you did not include enough details such as your gender or your height. However, I can give you some general facts and figures about body fat percentages.
Here is a chart from a good resource I found (I will include the link below):
*Body Fat Percentage Categories*
Classification.......Women (% fat)..Men (% fat)
Essential Fat.......10-12%............ 2-4%
Acceptable........... 25-31%.......... 18-25%
As you can see from the chart, you are in the acceptable body fat category if you are a female, but if you are male you are heading into the overweight body fat category.
You also indicated that you exercise most days of the week and that is excellent, keep that up! However, I am not sure what you are doing as far as nutrition goes. It is important to eat a balanced, lower calorie, diet along with exercise to ensure that you lose any weight and body fat desired.
Here are some tips to lose weight based on the information you gave me:
It is important to first determine your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). I will include a link for you below to help you determine that. Your BMR tells you the amount of calories you need daily to MAINTAIN your current body weight. You should try to cut that number down by 500-1000 calories depending on what the original number is and activity level. Remember males should not go below 1500 calories a day and females should not go below 1200 calories a day.
The most important thing is to make sure that you eat plenty of foods that are high in fiber and low in fat, sugar, sodium, and calories. These foods are also supposed to help sustain you and keep you from being hungry.
These foods include:
1. Fat free or low-fat dairy products
2. Fruits and vegetable
3. Lean protein
4. Whole grains
You may also want to take a daily multivitamin to ensure that you are taking in enough of the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
If you follow these guidelines, you will lose weight and you can expect to become healthier. You will lose body fat and gain lean muscle mass. Your weight is just a number, but your health should be your overall goal.
You already know never to help skip breakfast, but it's also crucial to eat within an hour of waking to further improve your metabolism.
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Sure it's possible. But that depends on this "scale". Weight scales with BF meters arnt very accurate. They are based on averages.
I'm certainly not average. Are you? :)
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I think body fat scales are pretty useless at measuring body fat. You might as well pick a random number from 1-100 and probably get a better estimate!
If you want a more accurate body fat reading then I'd suggest one of the following methods:
1. DEXA scanning - very accurate, measures internal fat as well as external fat. high cost.
2. Hydrostatic weighing - fairly accurate, but must expell all air from your lungs. reasonable cost.
3. Calliper test - fairly accurate although depends on user experience and number of sites tested. low cost.
Hope this helps.
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Originally Answered: Is my body fat percentage high?
Jane is correct to say that you should be careful not to confuse BMI with Bodyfat Percentage.
But her information about bodyfat levels is DANGEROUSLY WRONG.
(Unfortunately, some suppliers of bodyfat monitoring equipment try to scare their customers with this kind of misinformation!)
Marissa is right; 'normal' healthy bodyfat averages around the figure of 25%.
Most athletic events require a bit of bodyfat; boxing can be more dangerous if your bodyfat gets below 15% (it's a form of padding). Duration running (50 miles or more) is mainly powered by fat, but as the distances reduce, the amount of stored fat you need also gets lower.
Track runners and professional cyclists often have bodyfat levels below 10%, but for people who run or ride less intensively, such a low bodyfat can be dangerous and often indicates 'exerexia' (an obsession with exercise that is related to (and a 'classic' symptom of) anorexia).
Bodybuilders aim for a bodyfat below 3%, but this is so difficult to achieve that they usually follow a 'cycle' from about 8% 'off-season' to a series of 'peak lows' timed to coincide with their chosen competitions.