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20 Apr 2006

Body fat
What is the normal range your body fat should be? What is the best persentage of body fat? I'm 1.73m, 57kg en 28% body fat. I want to gain muscle tone and thus weight through that way because I know my BMI is on the low side - not underweight but close too. I don't want to gain fat. For what body fat % should I aim? I'm not going tro worry about the weight too much because with the muscle gain I'll gain the weight. Ii'm doing Toning exercises 3 times a week and cardio twice a week according a plan a personal trainer worked out for me. Thanks for your help!
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Wanabe
If you are a man and not an elite athlete, Prof Tim Noakes in his book 'Lore of Running' says that the average normal body fat% is 14%. If you are a woman, then it is 24%. Seeing that your BMI = 19, which is very low, you just need to concentrate on gaining muscle by doing exercises, but ask your personal trainer to change your programme from cardio to weight-bearing exercises if you want to develop muscle tissue. Cardio exercises are excellent for overall health and fitness, but they tend to use up too much energy which could make you lose even more weight. For basic information on weight gaining, click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Diet Basics' and 'Weight gaining' and read the articles.
Good luck
DietDoc
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