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Body fat percentage. 7.7% Too low?(6 posts)

Body fat percentage. 7.7% Too low?Jefferson
May 9, 2002 8:16 AM
I just bought a Tanita body fat scale. I am 5'9" and weigh 148 pounds. My body fat is at 7.7%. How does this compare to most cyclists? Is this too low.
re: Body fat percentage. 7.7% Too low?schills
May 9, 2002 8:22 AM
I think many of us dream that we could get ours below 10%. It is probably lower than many/most, but enviable. I'm 6ft, 176lbs and stuck at 19% based on the Tanita..
IME- Tanita scales are not accuratemixinbeatz
May 9, 2002 8:23 AM
They can help you estimate whether you are losing fat or not, but I would not count on them for accurate results. I have seen a range from 6% to 14% on one of these in the same day. Your hydration level will either shoot your percentage way down or way up. Get your body fat done professionally and use the scale only as a guide.
IME- Tanita scales are not accurateJefferson
May 9, 2002 11:18 AM
The scale registered 7.7% before bed last night and 10.1 %this morning. I think there is something mentioned in the manual about being hydrated for accurate results.
Mine fluctuates between 4% and 8% on my Tanita.JS
May 9, 2002 8:56 AM
depending on the time of day (hydration level), I'm probably about 6%. Your best bet for an accurate reading is in the afternoon before excercise. As far as being too low, I have about 5 teammates and myself who are in the 5-7% range and all are heathy( if you can call suffering on a bike heathy). It's dependent on the person but as a rule anything below 4% is potentially dangerous.
What does the mirror tell you?brider
May 9, 2002 10:14 AM
This is going to be a far better guage than any scale or caliper. How' are your energy levels? Don't be too concerned with numbers. BTW, I've been tested at less than 6% (didn't believe it) and was doing fine, so even if you are at 7.7%, you have nothing to worry about.