I posted a question several days ago regarding my weight loss. It's stabilized and is slowly going back up to where I want it to be (thank you everyone for your ideas--been drinking some goat's milk every day and including more starchy foods).
I figured that since I don't work out that I'd have a pretty high BF% despite my low weight. Turns out, I have a BF of 15.6%--at least according to my b/f's bioelectrical thingy (after it was set for my height, age and weight). I don't lift weights (although I'd like to get into using my own body mass as a workout), do cardio or anything. Should I lift weights on top of having an already low (athlete level) BF%? I do have a bit of muscle, but am still pretty small. Not looking to get hyper-athletic or anything, I'm just trying to weigh the risks of potentially losing any more body fat in case it might be detrimental. Both of my parents are naturally lean (mom was always able to put on some serious lean muscle--it's freaky), so perhaps I'm just genetically inclined to have a low BF%?
asked byNemesis (11157)
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on July 31, 2011
at 02:59 PM
Hand-held or scale 'biometrical impedance' devices are simply not accurate. If you're on the skinny side by BMI, they will tell you you have have very low body fat. I've had scales tell me I have 10% body fat, LOL. In reality (DEXA and calipers) I've always tested at 17-19%, at total body weight from 95 to 105 lbs - and I look really lean, since I'm a naturally slim pear shape.
Outside of truly accurate/scientifically proven methods like BodPod, professionally administered calipers, DEXA, and hydrostatic weighing, I've found the US Navy body fat calculator to be quite accurate for many women (who have had it confirmed with more accurate tests). It is for me - says I'm at 19%.
on July 31, 2011
at 05:56 PM
You cannot reach optimal health without exercise. Every body should be lifting something somehow on a regular basis. Lifting is about so much more than losing body fat. You certainly can lift and not lose body fat if you are eating properly for your body. Sounds like you are working on that part which is great. Just add in a bit of movement to keep your body function well now and into the future and you'll be in great shape.