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what's everybody's body fat percentage?(40 posts)

what's everybody's body fat percentage?elviento
Jun 11, 2003 8:25 AM
15% here, a long long way to go.
100%rollo tommassi
Jun 11, 2003 8:31 AM
All of my fat is unspoiled by any kind of muscle, twitchy or not!
Too high, I'm SO weak when it comes to food.noveread
Jun 11, 2003 8:34 AM
But then again, it is my love of food that got me back on the bike! :) For May, I rode 100 miles more than I did in April and I gained 2lbs! I just can't help myself when it comes to food! Now I want to drop 4lbs instead of 2lbs by the second half of July. May not seem like much, but for me, it'll be tough! Ha-ha!

Hmm, what shall I make for dinner tonight? Oh yeah, tonight is shrimp pasta in homemade alfredo sauce. Guess the "diet" will have to wait... But then again, that's why I ride the bike! And it's not like I'm overweight at 5'7" and 142lbs!

Floating around 10-11%...biknben
Jun 11, 2003 9:14 AM
6' and 155.6 lbs this morning. My scale can also check %BF which I do monthly.

I saw 8% for a little while two years ago. I'd like to be back at that level. Then again, 4 years ago I was in the 20s so I'm not complaining.
It would be easier to ask me what % ISN'T fat...Fez
Jun 11, 2003 9:32 AM
Actually, I really don't know. Maybe 10%.

I had the calipers method done once and another time I had the little electronic thingy that you enter info like height and weight and then it estimates it. I think the Tanita fat scale calculates it this way as well.

Either way was probably not too accurate.

I think the underwater method probably gives the most accurate reading.
Jun 11, 2003 10:08 AM
5'11.5", 152lbs, 7.3% body fat.

I would like every one of those numbers to be higher.
10-12 depending on the week (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 11, 2003 10:28 AM
rule of thumb for determining BF percentage for guysColnagoFE
Jun 11, 2003 10:32 AM
If you can start to see a "six pack" on your abs you are probably 12 or under. If your six pack is super well defined with little subcutanous fat visiible you are likely under 10%. I can eat pretty normal and stay around 10-12% at my activity level, but to get under 10% requires some strict dieting. I would imagine thats true for most guys.
Good rule53T
Jun 11, 2003 10:43 AM
I'm about 17%, but that's by the Tanita, which could be measuring wind speed as far as I know. I'm 163# and about 10 # away from having a real 6-pack. That would mean I would have to drop 10/160=6.25% of my body fat, leaving me with about 10.75. Thanks for the guidline.
4.7%.. nmblakester
Jun 11, 2003 10:35 AM you eat?!!ColnagoFE
Jun 11, 2003 12:36 PM
that's really low--even for an endurance athlete or bodybuilder. i mean lance only gets down to about 6% for the TDF. Do you have problems gaining weight?
where does one get BF percentage measured? (nm)Becky
Jun 11, 2003 10:38 AM
where does one get BF percentage measured? (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Jun 11, 2003 10:44 AM
Any health club or fitness center with certified personal trainers should be able to measure your body fat.
The majority is using some type of Tanita scale...biknben
Jun 11, 2003 11:14 AM
Tanita make a scale that measures weight + BF%. They cost about $80-110.

I actually found a no-name brand at Target that is giving me consistant readings. It only cost $40. All these scales are not highly accurate but probably better than calipers (unless the user is highly experienced). Sometimes what is more important than the actual number, is the trends you notice.
I've had calipers done as well as TanitaColnagoFE
Jun 11, 2003 12:41 PM
The Tanita was pretty close to the calipers reading (within .5 to 1%) so I now just use the Tanita at the same time each day to track progress or lack thereof. Hydration levels make the reading vary quite a bit so it's a good idea to use it at the same time under similar circumstances. For women all bets are off. The Tanita is not all that accurate, but for men it seems to work OK. I use the "Athlete" setting by the way.
where does one get BF percentage measured? (nm)No_sprint
Jun 11, 2003 11:21 AM
The only accurate way to measure is to be *dunked* at some kind of sports or other physiological lab or office that does this.

The Tanita things have been rumored to be off by HUGE amounts sometimes.

Someone above posted a 4.7%. I find that almost laughable and likely measured on a Tanita thing. 7% is so ridiculously low that it's almost a genetic thing at that point and unobtainable for most who eat healthy and work out.
where does one get BF percentage measured? (nm)blakester
Jun 11, 2003 11:59 AM
Sorry you find I laughable... I'll try and eat more cookies. It was measured 3 multiple times and different methods including by My college instructor, a person with thousands of times of experience and a degree in exercise science/physiology. All said under 5.5% and high 4% was typical.
where does one get BF percentage measured? (nm)No_sprint
Jun 11, 2003 1:19 PM
Sorry I came off a bit harsh. For you I'll mention again as I said, it's probably largely genetic. In my experience under 7% is tough for anyone without a genetic profile lending toward that low percentage. In fact, I know of no one personally who was dunked and received a figure of under about 6.5.
where does one get BF percentage measured? (nm)blakester
Jun 11, 2003 1:54 PM
It might be higher if dunked, the fact that all three other types of tastes said about the same thing (sub 7%) is just why I think that.
Jun 11, 2003 12:44 PM
water dunk is the "gold standard" of measuring BF, but modern electrical impedence works pretty well--at least to track progress up and down. Even if it isn't totally accurate you can usually tell if you are gaining or losing fat and that is what is really important. Calipers work pretty well too as long as the person using them knows what they are doing. Dunk tank is also only truly effective if the person exhales as much air from the lungs as they can. If there is still air in the lungs it can be way off too.
Jun 11, 2003 1:09 PM
Pretty much everything depends, as I stated below, other methods should just be used for *trending*.
Jun 11, 2003 1:10 PM
Yeah, I eat. I'm also 17 with a very high metabolism, bike a lot, Row a lot more, and I am kinda at the peak of spring training now.
Jun 11, 2003 10:40 AM
height: 5'11.5", 145lbs.
Jun 11, 2003 10:44 AM
Body fat % goes up, regardless of whether one exercises or not, as one gets older. Consequently - in order to accumulate relevant 'data' - BF percentage along with age should have been asked for.
I don't buy itColnagoFE
Jun 11, 2003 12:46 PM
Body fat goes up when you eat more than you burn regardless of age. It may be easier to gain fat the older we get as metabolism will slow somewhat but all it takes is a push away from the table and a good exercise routine to remedy that.
you have to get this done in a dunk tunk !!climbo
Jun 11, 2003 10:53 AM
I've had this done very recently, the calipers are not very accurate. I was 12 or 13% on the caliper test and about 18% on the dunk tunk test. The calipers do not count any internal fats so the Dr. told me that you can add at least 5% to any caliper test to get your true body fat number. Of course, it still means the same thing if you reduce any one of them. Let's not forget, 15% is very good anyway.
accuracy is different from precisionJPRider
Jun 11, 2003 11:02 AM
For me, it's not what my body fat percentage is - it's what is it with respect to my previous month's reading. Or my previous two or three. I don't really care about the actual value, I more care about the change from month to month. Just a thought.
Right on climbo. Only way is by dunking.No_sprint
Jun 11, 2003 11:26 AM
Anything else, as stated above can only be used for *trending*.
14.5 % (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Jun 11, 2003 10:53 AM
Sinking like a rockninelittlepiggies
Jun 11, 2003 12:24 PM
I'm at 8% (dunked, and in some "pod" that measures density, air displacement, and weight - both were at the univeristies exercise sports science facility). 5'10" 165lbs, age 24. I ride/excersice a lot, but pretty much eat what I want. It might be gentic though. My dad, 48 (ex-racer) doesn't do anything physical anymore and you can still see his six pack (and he wears his High School PE shorts with pride). Not all is good though.

My younger brother (20) is a track and field runner and is at 6%. He had to take a lifeguard test this summer and they almost didn't pass him because he had negatice bouancy with his lungs filled! I can't swim hardly at all (just enough to save my life), so the triathalon is out.

Also remember that 4% of your body fat is taken up by your brain/neurons (all that myelin wrapping around those neurons telling your muscles to keep working even when they're spent). Gerry Rice the ex-49, got under 4% and started having neurological problems. Remember too that fat has 9 k/cal of energy, while carbs only have 4k/cal. Fat gets a bad rap in our society (maybe justifiably), but for athletes it is a great energy source. There is an evolutionary reason that our bodies have adapted crave the taste of fatty foods - cause we're supposed to eat it.

Just some thoughts
my %, how to measure, getting olderJeff Rage
Jun 11, 2003 1:41 PM
I'm currently between 7 and 8%.

There is a huge misconseption that the underwater weighing is the most accurate. The most accurate method for most poeple seems to be a 7 site caliper test. However, the caliper reading is only as good as the person taking it.

I've used a Tanita to track my progress. However, your reading can fluctuate based on amny things: hydration level, whether or not you've gone to the bathroom or not, how many meals you've eaten, etc. I found that the most consistant reading for me was in the middle of the day.

I did find something that's better AND CHEAPER. It's called a Fat Track II. It's a digital caliper that you can actually use on yourself. You can find it for about $25 in the Yahoo Shopping search engine. It is far more accurate than the Tanita.

The average man will have a slower metabolism when he gets older. This is due to a dtop in the Testosterone level, which leads to a drop in muscle mass, which equates to a lowered metabolism. Men eventually hit Andropause, the equivalent method of Menapuase. Weight training is the best way to combat this. It keeps your matablosim up by preserving the lean mass you have. A lot of lifters will enter "20 years old" into our Tanitas and Fat Tracks, despite out age.
<5%, 5'11" male, only 59kgs total, low bone density, climberwillem72
Jun 11, 2003 4:13 PM
5% and proud of it!the Phantom
Jun 11, 2003 5:41 PM
5% as of this morning. Measured on a Tanita bathroom scale-body fat tester (works well). Other stats, 5-10", 140 Lbs. Climb like nobodies business but get caught on the downhills for lack of momentum. Bike, water and myself, ready to roll only 159Lbs, less than most of you guys naked...
3 inches on a pinch test of the love handlesneng
Jun 12, 2003 3:49 AM
someday I oughta go find out my percentage
23% and I'm probably faster than most of you (nm)lonefrontranger
Jun 12, 2003 5:24 AM
I would put some serious money on it. nm.No_sprint
Jun 12, 2003 6:55 AM
no fair...women are supposed to be higher BF anyway! (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 12, 2003 7:37 AM
re: what's everybody's body fat percentage?mackgoo
Jun 12, 2003 6:55 AM
44, 5' 9" 155 19% want to get under 15%, and still eat my Ben and Jerry's 4 or 5 times a week and...............
don't know, don't care. tacos good. pizza good. beer good. ride good. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 12, 2003 7:01 AM
2%, 5' 10" - 128lbsjsbx
Jun 12, 2003 5:22 PM
My doctor recommends that I eat 8(!) meals a day, including waking up in the middle of the night to do so--having an extremely low percentage can cause hormone imbalances.