Body Fat %

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11/11/2002 at 13:47
Does anyone know the ranges for a man...on my scales I am 21%. This seems high to me..having trained for Dublin marathon I foiund my weight went up and my body fat stayed the same.
11/11/2002 at 13:57
Ian, Depends a bit on your age, and I know that men should be lower than woman. My 'ideal' range as a 45 yr old is between 22 and 32. As far as I know, men should be a bit lower, I believe somewhere in the region 14 and 25 depending on whether you would class yourself as an 'athlete' or not!
Sounds like you are ok to me! NB
11/11/2002 at 13:58
ian you look great in your picture!
11/11/2002 at 14:02
Mmmm, I had 26.19 miles below me at that point...the grimacing was just to look the part.
WildWill    pirate
11/11/2002 at 14:03
Male Body fat % guide

Age 20 – 39
Under = 0 to 8
Good = 8 to 20
Over = 20 to 25
Obese = 25+

Age 40 – 59
Under = 0 to 11
Good = 11 to 22
Over = 22 to 28
Obese = 28+

Age 60+
Under = 0 to 13
Good = 13 to 25
Over = 25 to 30
Obese = 30+

Based on NIH/WHO BMI Guidelines
11/11/2002 at 14:15
well your looking better than me and you beat me by an hour but I would agree one might hope for a lower figure if one had put in the training.

I'm 23.5 on the scales and am visibly carrying a few xs pounds.

To get down to 21% I'd only have to loose 3kg but I still wouldnt be exactly sylph like.
11/11/2002 at 14:19
I'd allow 10-25% for a man.
WildWill    pirate
11/11/2002 at 14:24
I seem to average anywhere from 19% up to 21% but would like to achive 17.5% before Ironman next year
11/11/2002 at 14:30
Anything under 30% nicely in the middle of normal.
11/11/2002 at 14:30
I saw those WHO guidelines too. Why does it go up as your age goes up? Is that just because people tend to lose muscle as they get older - in which case is that just a guide as to what is normal rather than an ideal. I mean is there any reason why a 50 year old man should have more fat than a 20 year old?

I mean at the moment I could be smack in the middle of the good group at 13% but if I maintain the same level until I am 60 that wil suddenly be counted as being unhealthily lacking in fat.

WildWill    pirate
11/11/2002 at 14:34
All I can think of is lubrication :o)
11/11/2002 at 16:33
Back to the original message Karen. I hope I can help.

I used to use the bathroom fat scales until I realised that they aren't 100% accurate. I have my body fat tested monthly by professionals and it always comes in at 19%.

On the scales at home it comes in at 27% - I was concerned about this and asked my instructor why. Basically the scales only measure fat in the botton half of your body so if you've got slightly larger legs the fat count will come out higher than if you did an all over body fat test. I have very little fat on my upper body and carry a bit more down below, but overall I'm caryy 19%.

I would throw the scales away and try your local gym for a proper fat test.
11/11/2002 at 16:35

Thanks for that. I am a classic pear shape and my weight is definatly lower down.

I'll get mine measured at the gym.
11/11/2002 at 16:39
mmm thats interesting as most of my fat is hip/bum belly yet i can see my clavicles and bf is 40% according to Tanita - must just need 'a twist in my diet, me' (groan!)
11/11/2002 at 16:58
If you CAN'T see your clavicles, you don't need a body fat monitor! It takes a fair amount of fat accumulation before it starts collecting around that area. Apparently, complete annihilation of the clavicles is what counted as a desirably matronly bosom in Victorian times.

Most of my fat is bum and saddlebags too. Of course, that's all just cosmetic really. The NASTY fat is what accumulates INSIDE your abdomen - hence the value of running a tape measure around your tum at bellybutton level. More than 32" for ladies or 38" for men suggests too much abdominal fat and indicates an increased risk of nasties like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
12/11/2002 at 06:39
Bloody hell - we are fat obsessed! We all have different places where we hold onto fat. Mine is the hips and belly. I'm less than a 32'' waist though, so I'm happy to know that I have less risk of heart disease (thanks V-rap).
We should all be glad that we are running to do something about our fat and any health risks! Throw away the fat calipers!

P.S. Caz - I am also a pescetarian.
12/11/2002 at 09:30
My goodness - there really are some obsessed people out there. Work on the view that if you feel good and you're eating a balanced diet and keeping fit then don't get hung up about the readings. I don't have scale or a fat monitor, and my moniker - fatbutfit - sums me up. I know I weigh over 100kg but can run a half marathon in 1:45, and have a resting pulse in the 40's. Seems OK to me for a 49 year old - better if I could shed the beer belly but as I know what causes that, I know the cure as well.

Remember, all these figures quoted are based on distribution across the population. Somewhere you will fit on the curve. It is almost impossible to be "normal" on all factors. Don't get too obsessed about whether you conform to the normal or not - just avoid the abnormal. But if you're on this forum it's unlikley you will be in the abnormal anyway.

MY view is - get fit, stay fit and enjoy good health and life.
12/11/2002 at 13:57
I have heard so much about body fat but not beign a member of a club or gym I havent a clue what body fat I have.

I am 5' 10'' , 12.5 stone, 36 waist,
should I worry about or get my body fat checked ?
WildWill    pirate
12/11/2002 at 14:04

A 36 waist @ 12.5st and 5'10 may be a little high try and find somewhat to have it checked

I’m about 19% body fat – 6’2” 14St 4lb and have a 34 waist

12/11/2002 at 14:09

Thanks, the weight is still going down I am aiming for 12 stone or better 11.5 stone.

Is the doctors the best place to go ?
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