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What is considered to be the optimal body fat percentage in a female athlete?

What is considered to be the optimal body fat percentage in a female athlete?

Athletes: Female athletes usually have 14 to 20% body fat. Male athletes usually 6 to 13% body fat. The numbers are considerably lower for body builders. ...Read more

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What body fat percentage does a woman need for flat abs?

What body fat percentage does a woman need for flat abs?

Flat abs: Well, that's sort of difficult to answer because there are so many body types out there. You could have flat abs at 10%, 20%, and 30% body fat depending on how your fat is distributed. Some people carry their fat in their thighs/buttock, while others carry it in their midsection. So, body fat% doesn't really dictate if you have flat abs or not. Work on your abs and don't think about % body fat. ...Read more

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What should my body fat percentage be? I'm 5' 5" and 22 yr old female.

What should my body fat percentage be? I'm 5' 5" and 22 yr old female.

Just watch your weig: Your weight is a reliable indicator of excess fat(fat percentage is too technical to determine or address). Based on your height, your weight should be in the range of 125 to 135 pounds. If you are 140 pounds or over, you have excess of fat which you need to get rid of by eating less and by increased physical activity like walking extra daily. ...Read more

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I am well within BMI but my body fat percentage is higher than i would like. I am slim 54 yr old female. Work out at curves 3 times a week.

I am well within BMI but my body fat percentage is higher than i would like. I am slim 54 yr old female. Work out at curves 3 times a week.

BMI & % Body Fat : Your absolute body weight includes lean muscle, body fat and water. Changing your "body composition" is more important than just losing weight. Exercising three times a week will maintain your current body composition, but is not sufficient to change it. Strength training in a progressive manner 4-5 times per week, will increase lean muscle mass and decrease your percent body fat! ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a healthy percentage of body fat on an average female?

Anyone know what is a healthy percentage of body fat on an average female?

%: For a woman aiming for 21 to 24% body fat is a good range. For a man aiming for a 14 to 17% body fat is a good range. Numbers are lower for most competitive athletes. ...Read more

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5'3 105 pound 14 yo female 32A cup...will she get her breasts larger after anorexia? She's in recovery. Her body fat percentage is high.

5'3 105 pound 14 yo female 32A cup...will she get her breasts larger after anorexia? She's in recovery. Her body fat percentage is high.

Breast size: For the most part, breast size is determined by genetics. However, as breasts predominantly consist of fatty tissue, overall weight gain can increase breast size. Similarly, weight loss can casue a reduction in breast mass. ...Read more

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Normal body fat for 22yr old active, female. Weight-145lbs?

You decide: Ideal weight" charts are based on fallacies. If we believed them, then most triathletes would be "underweight" and most professional football players -- fantastic athletes -- would be "overweight." your ideal weight is whatever looks and feels right to you and enables you to perform your chosen sport(s) best. ...Read more

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Is a 23% body fat healthy for an 18 yr female/106 lbs/mostly sedentary life? I recovered from an ED and not sure what's normal. I eat very healthily.

Is a 23% body fat healthy for an 18 yr female/106 lbs/mostly sedentary life? I recovered from an ED and not sure what's normal. I eat very healthily.

23% OK: 23% body fat indicates a healthy amount of fat and is commonly seen in fit individuals. If you are recovering from an eating disorder you should still monitor your weight at least weekly. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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