I'm hoping some coaches or trainers can weigh in here.
I am a medium framed 5'2" female, age 43, weight 156. (I cannot believe I am admitting my age and my weight publicly! LOL) Having dropped more than 50 pounds in the last 8 months through cardio, strength training, cleaning up my diet, and cutting calories, I decided it was time to get my body fat measured. The trainer who tested me using calipers came highly recommended by the other trainers.
Anyway, she measured me at 28% body fat. She suggested the goal of 24%. Is 24% a good goal for my age? That would mean my goal should be around 147 pounds, assuming I don't lose lean mass. But according to the BMI chart, I should weigh less than 136 to be in the healthy range.
So how do I go about setting a goal weight?
What body fat percentage would mean that I am healthy and fit?
Is 28% considered really overweight, a little overweight, or a lot overweight?
Which is most important for dropping body fat: strength or cardio?
I still can't believe that I'm not obese anymore, even when friends tell me I look great.
First 5k -April 2013
First 10k - Sept 2013 1:23:00
10k PR- May 18, 2014, 1:00:26
Initial goal weight reached Dec 10, 2013 (80 pounds lost)
90 pounds lost as of Feb 18, 2014.
100 pounds lost as of May 2014
| current weight: -4.0 under