Body Fat, Body Muscle %

  • janu88

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    Jun 12, 2011 1:12 PM GMT
    So, the first time i checked all those stuff out.
    and here´s the results icon_confused.gif

    Weight : 59.9kg
    Height : 179cm
    Body Fat : 3.9% (is that even possible or normal? :O )
    Body Muscle : 50.9% (this seems kinda odd too, i have almost no muscles)

    and there was some third one too, i dont remember it. I think it was water, but i dont remember the %.

    So my question is , is that even possible to have 3.9% body fat. That must be very unhealthy :S
    Any ideas, what to eat more as a vegetarian.
    And could it be a reason for bulging veins, due to basically no fat what so ever, since the 3% are the fat which lays over organs which protects them.
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    Jun 12, 2011 1:23 PM GMT
    I wish I could get down to 3.9% bf.
    Currently at ~47% muscle mass and 7% bf.
    And just because you don't have LARGE muscles doesn't mean you can't have 50% muscle mass.
    Next time track your body water % also. It's important not to be too hydrated or too dry.
  • janu88

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    Jun 12, 2011 1:34 PM GMT
    heybreaux saidyeah that is pretty low body fat %

    Where or how did you get those numbers?



    Somekind of a body scale which shows those %.
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    Jun 12, 2011 2:05 PM GMT
    janu88 said
    heybreaux saidyeah that is pretty low body fat %

    Where or how did you get those numbers?



    Somekind of a body scale which shows those %.
    I also use a body scale (Bowflex Body Scale).
    Don't take the numbers seriously, as they're not accurate. Let it record your progress and use the graphs for trends. That's all it's good for.
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    Jun 12, 2011 2:14 PM GMT
    Body fat % measured by house scales is really affected by how hydrated your body is. You probably have a really low bf% (8%? that's like the lowest healthy for a man...) and were dehydrated when you measured. Was it right after waking up?

    Or maybe your feet were dry and it didn't show well. My scale manual said the feet must be a bit moist when measuring.
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    Jun 12, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    Faulty scale or dehydration, like some others mentioned.

    You're probably in 12-13% range which is still pretty lean. I don't think anything under 5% would be healthy. You're stomach is definitely flat, but abs would be super ripped at 3.9%, even at 9%. You'd be more vascular ("veiny") too. Use calipers and tape measure instead, or have them do it for you at the gym.
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    Jun 12, 2011 3:07 PM GMT
    most body fat testing is for excess body fat, and doesn't really consider visceral body fat percentage.

    Unless you use a DEXA scan, you're only measuring excess fat. So for example, when in school, i had 5.3% excess body fat when using calipers or BIA, however when using a DEXA scan (which is an xray), i had 10% total body fat, which includes visceral.


    just thought i'd FYI. and yes it can be deemed unhealthy to have a too low body fat %
  • vintovka

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    Jun 12, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    The hand held scanners seem to be more accurate (for whatever reason) but I wouldn't trust any of them (as others have noted they might be ok for tracking improvement as long as they are self consistent but even this is not certain particularly with varying hydration levels). I like this site--it won't give you an exact measurement but when combined with some honesty and a mirror I would trust it more than I'd trust the scanners.

    http://www.leighpeele.com/body-fat-pictures-and-percentages
  • janu88

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    Jun 12, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
    Kev1 saidFaulty scale or dehydration, like some others mentioned.

    You're probably in 12-13% range which is still pretty lean. I don't think anything under 5% would be healthy. You're stomach is definitely flat, but abs would be super ripped at 3.9%, even at 9%. You'd be more vascular ("veiny") too. Use calipers and tape measure instead, or have them do it for you at the gym.


    I am quite veiny, my legs have bulgy veins... from thighs to calfs, and my hands are really veiny. And i have no abs which can be super ripped. I havent done much exercise the past 3 years. icon_rolleyes.gif
    this is old muscles trying to survive. icon_lol.gif

  • janu88

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    Jun 12, 2011 6:00 PM GMT
    bulk007 saidBody fat % measured by house scales is really affected by how hydrated your body is. You probably have a really low bf% (8%? that's like the lowest healthy for a man...) and were dehydrated when you measured. Was it right after waking up?

    Or maybe your feet were dry and it didn't show well. My scale manual said the feet must be a bit moist when measuring.


    It was day time, but my feet werent dry because, i just came outside from swimming in the pond and before that i had some sun i guess which could dehydrate a little.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 12, 2011 6:21 PM GMT
    Yeah, you aren't suppose to do it after swimming. There are certain times in the day where you are suppose to do it.

    I bought one just a couple weeks ago, but sent it back. Those things are shit. They completely inaccurate. I would go so far as to say they're less accurate than using calipers. Those monitors have always been different than when I have been professionally tested.
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    Jun 12, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    Gaydar saidYeah, you aren't suppose to do after swimming. There are certain times in the day where you are suppose to do it.

    I bought one just a couple weeks ago, but sent it back. Those things are shit. They completely inaccurate. I would go so far as to say they're less accurate than using calipers. Those monitors have always been different than when I have been professionally tested.


    Okey okey, well one thing is sure still, that i have extremely low bf.
    since i´m soo fucking veiny, that its ugly already.
    and my BMI is 17.5? or something.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 12, 2011 6:35 PM GMT
    Veins are hot D:
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    Jun 12, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    I guess it all depends on what you want. Numbers mean nothing to a lot of people since all body types are different. If you want to look physically fit you definitely have to start working out and eating more, unless you really dont care. Although judging for the pictures you do look very skinny but u dont seem to have bf% any lower than 8%.
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    Jun 12, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    Gaydar saidVeins are hot D:


    Extremely!