Monday, June 8, 2009

Healthy Body Fat Percentage

On my initial meeting with my trainer, she measured my body fat percentage. Needless to say, it was WAY too high. And if I remember correctly, I had 116 pounds of lean body mass, i.e. muscle, bones, organs, etc. I didn't think too much of it at the time, but lately I have been trying to set a realistic and healthy "goal weight" for myself.

I was 120 in high school, but I've come to the realization that that ship has sailed. So I was thinking maybe 130 would be more realistic.

I couldn't remember what my trainer had said a healthy body fat percentage was, so I googled it and several different sources said for women age 20-40 the range is 21%-33%. I was stunned! That seems like a TON of body fat. I took out my little calculator and figured that with my 116 pounds of lean body mass I have now, adding 21% body fat, I would weigh 146 pounds. That doesn't seem like the weight of a fit, healthy 25-year-old.

Then on top of that, I calculated what my BMI would be if I were 146 and it's 25.1, which would put me in the overweight category. But at 130, I would be at 22.3, which is right in the middle of the normal range.

So now I'm totally stressed out and confused. Does this mean that 130 pounds is unhealthy even though the BMI says it's good? Or does it mean that 130 is completely out of reach for me since it would put me below the healthy body fat percentage? WTF!


Ashleyandsteve said...

Hey becky. It is different for every body.. I remember my trainer once telling me that a good healthy person who is in a good weight range is about 16-18% . Thats just what i remember hearing. Just get to where you feel good and look good to yourself. love you!!

The Just's said...

Becky - quit stressing! When you get down to the first weight see how you feel (i know you are trying to set goals but you should realize you already look great!) If you feel like you should lose a bit more then do so but if you get down to the second weight and don't feel as good gain it back. I don't think it's all about the math - it's about how you feel!