Monday, February 7, 2011
Our weight scale is wonky. Unreliable. And usually makes me 3 to 4 pounds heavier than the scale at the gym. Which means that the gym scale is ALWAYS good news. Well, today I put an end to the wonky and invested in a body fat scale. So cool. And so scary. It's like looking in the far end of your closet under the pile of stuff that's been tucked away there for a very long time.
So now I know my stats, what percentage of me is body fat, what percentage of me is water (55%!) and what I weigh down to the ounce, sort of. Still, this new-fangled scale can't tell me certain things: like that all my excess body fat is in my front pouch. Seriously, it's like my body thinks another kangaroo is coming someday. Not happening. But this new found knowledge led me to investigate body fat generally and here's what I found in a nutshell: We are all fat, ladies. and we all should be, bare minimum 14%!
A certain amount of fat is essential to bodily functions. Fat regulates body temperature, cushions and insulates organs and tissues and is the main form of the body's energy storage. The following table describes body fat ranges and their associated categories:
*General Body Fat Percentage Categories
Women (% fat)
Essential Fat: 10-12%
Obese: 32% plus
*American Council on Exercise
The pamphlet that came with my scale defined an athlete as someone who exercises 10 or more hours a week, which puts me squarely in the fitness category with an occasional athletic week in the spring and summer.
Hoping to hop around a bit today...finally, after 5 long days of sick lethargy!
Posted by Apis Melliflora at 9:40 PM