May 23, 2008

How Much Body Fat Should You Have?

Your body needs a certain amount of fat in order to function, and body fat can be determined in several ways, including calipers, underwater or hydrostatic weighing, and body fat scales.

How much should you aim for? Check out the table below:

Categories Female Male
Essential Fat 10-12% 2-4%
Athletes 14-20% 6-13%
Fitness 21-24% 14-17%
Acceptable 25-31% 18-25%
Obese >32% >25%


  • This site has a useful guide on how to measure body fat.

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