Body Fat Percentage. What should it be?

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    Sep 01, 2007 10:57 PM GMT
    Hi guys.

    I check out my body fat very regularly because I have a scale which makes it really easy.

    It varies between 15.3% and 16.9%

    I think I look ok and not fat but feel i would like to get it down a bit. U hear about these body builders that get down to 5% and less. Do they have a life? Is it worth the sufference?

    I have tried dropping my body fat but its hard work and I start to look gaunt in the face. So, question is should I work really hard and lose the body fat? Any hot tips on doing so?

    Any of you guys with pics and who know there body fat % would be great do do comparisons so post ur body fat % here too.

    Cheers guys!
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    Sep 02, 2007 2:08 AM GMT
    Mine varies between 6% and 8%.

    Back when I was a varsity wrestler, I had my bodyfat measured under 3% a few times.

    I've heard that anything below or around 10% is considered "very good" for most normal people.

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    Sep 02, 2007 2:28 AM GMT
    I'm gonna get "dipped" on Wednesday. Never been fat tested before. I have no idea how where I am on the fat scale.
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    Sep 02, 2007 3:56 AM GMT
    First, below 14% is considered healthy by much of the medical community. Of course, they don't have to show up at a pool party in speedos and get laid.

    The scale is good for trending info, but not much else - it's too dependent upon hydration level.

    And with all due respect to Greg, who looks phenomenal, 3% body fat = dead. 4% is considered a hard minimum. If the measurement was by calipers, you can pretty much toss is out.

    Bodybuilders who achieve 5-6% BRIEFLY for a show have no life. Period.

    In short, forget the numbers and look in the mirror. If you like what you see, you're there. Probably 8% is going to get you stares without making you look sick and drawn, but it varies according to the way your body distributes fat.
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    Sep 02, 2007 12:31 PM GMT
    PSBigJoey: I completely agree with you that nobody needs to "strive" for 5% or lower. I also think that almost ANY of the types of testing out there have a standard error of probably 2% at least, making measures under that amount unreliable.

    However, that being said, when I was in college, I knew guys on my varsity wrestling team and varsity gymnasts who regularly measured less than 5%.


    As always, though, I'm sure it's worth pointing out that bodyfat measurements vary highly depending on the method used, etc etc etc etc.
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    Sep 02, 2007 5:25 PM GMT
    I am always checking my Omron HBF-306 to see my body fat %

    Just checked moments ago, my body fat is at 12.5--which is where i've been for a while now; but I'm shooting for 11% and under. I am aware that diet & cardio have tremendous affects with my body fat percentage.

    You have to be EXTREMELY dilligent of every thing that you eat and how often you burn off what you eat so that you can get under 10%

    People don't get into that category because of good genes or by accident. There's a great deal of focus, activity and conscious CONSISTENT effort to sustain that--especially as one gets older.

    For me, I'm fascinated to see if I could push myself to get under 11%. When/if I ever reach there, then I'll consider if under 10% is a sustainable lifestyle for me.
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    Sep 03, 2007 3:51 AM GMT

    First off...A1972, your 12% looks like a lot of peoples 9-10% (job well done!) PSJoey makes a great point, the MIRROR is the best judge. With my physique, I carry a LOT of my bodyfat on my middle back, so I see my six pack at 11% instead of the 8-9% like most folks. in order to really see my back definition, I have to go lower. Go Figure...

    Island Boy: If you're looking for an "asthetic improvement," try hitting the weights a little harder. Putting on lean muscle will also help you burn more fat on a continual basis. And as I'm sure you know, more muscle/less bodyfat makes for a better "Look" in or OUT of clothes.