To all my friends and family that are into fitness out there, I’m following up on my past blog.
I’m still on my journey to meet my goals. Right after a workout a few days ago, My husband Ron asked me to close my eyes and strike a pose. I thought he was just admiring me but to my surprise, he took a picture with his cell phone. At 1st I was in shock, “What are you doing? I haven’t even cleaned up yet!” I said. He told me that he just wanted me to see that I’m making progress. I was a little irritated, but after seeing the picture, I was inspired to keep going. He encouraged me to share it. I thought it was a good idea to show my progress so far.
I’m down to 23% percent body fat. In my research, I thought I’d share what I’ve found. Below, I posted information from myfitnesspal.com. It gives insight about body fat percentages in women. This was posted on 3/13/2013 by the_green_midget
It says: “Ab fact: Girls will start to see abs at around 18% body fat — a six pack will show up around 12%.”
The reason why it caught my eye was that it didn’t seem quite right to me. According to Fat2Fit Radio’s Goal Body Weight Calculator, a healthy body fat range for women is 21-33%. According to Ideal Body Fat Percentage Chart on BuiltLean.com, athletes can have a BF% of 14-20% (though that’s a very specialized part of society, and I imagine their body fat goes up when they aren’t training as hard), but a BF% of 10-13% for women is the absolute minimum needed for the body to function properly.
The point is, I guess, that if a woman has 12% body fat, they are far too lean to be healthy, and even body builders who attain that level don’t stay there for very long. According to this article, also from BuiltLean.com, this is not a safe body fat level for women, and women at this level will stop menstruating. The woman who posted the above quote commented on Pinterest that this was something to strive for. Well, maybe if you’re trying to be a bodybuilder, but that shouldn’t be a goal to maintain for the rest of your life.
The other thing is that 18% BF seems awfully low for a woman to start to see her abs. If 21% is the lower end of healthy, then it seems that it would be impossible for a woman to ever see her abs and maintain a healthy BF%. But I don’t think these numbers are right. Take a look at this picture:
Keeping in mind that two people with the same BF% could carry their weight very differently (and so someone could potentially naturally carry less fat on their belly, allowing them to see ab definition at a higher BF%), I can see ab definition on these women with a BF% even as high as 25%. Believing that you have to get your body fat to such a low level to even begin to see any sort of musculature is unhealthy.
I guess the whole reason for bringing this up is that even though BF% is a better measure of how much fat you need to lose than BMI, one still has to be informed about what a healthy range is and to know when to stop losing fat. My own goal is to reach 21% body fat, and hopefully when I get there, I’ll at least have a little ab definition. I know the muscles are there under the flubb!
I truly believe that fitness is what you make of it. The most important thing is to stay healthy and remain happy!!
Think about it..