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I'm Average/Normal for my BF % but Obese/Very High for my BMI (?)

Thursday, July 04, 2013

I take my body fat % at the same time each week (or two), after doing a weigh in. Some times I also cross reference it with a body fat percentage calculator based on waist size, weight and height:
ntage.php Each time they are within one percent of each other. This week I got 32.9, yay!! According to the majority of body fat charts I've seen, this is average/normal. The max in that category- but in it. Some show that the cut off is actually 30, 32 or even 25 but when I googled it, most gave 21-32.9 as ideal.

My BMI is still in the maximum range/obese on almost all of the charts I've seen. WTF? From what I've read the electronic monitor I use is not entirely accurate. I understand that but my numbers have consistently gone down since I started using it, have followed the suggestion regarding hydration, time of day and when to eat before doing it. The fact that the other calculator got the same results leads me to believe that it's not off my much if it is.

I was happy to learn that a better measure of health for people who are active is body fat percentage. I'm tempted to slow down a bit with my weight loss efforts to preserve my muscle mass but I think I can afford to lose some, as silly as that sounds. I have very muscular calves and huge thighs. As I get smaller, I won't need them as much to hold up my previously 255 pound body. I still get a thrill from lifting 235+ pounds with my legs but I think from here I'm going to see about maintaining the setting on the resistance machines, rather than going up. Even as I type that though, I know that I'll probably disregard it, wanting to further my progress.

I can still move myself into the 'fitness' BF range or lower end of 'normal' so I'm certainly not where I'd like to be. My goal is to be between 20 and 25% body fat, BMI 22-27 (that will be a secondary focus though or may lose all importance) Still have more goals to accomplish and lots to do before I'm at my maintenance phase!

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