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07 Aug 2007

Fat percentage and BMI
What is the significance of Body Fat Percentage and BMI in our bodies?

I have a BMI of 25.2 and fat % of 18.2. Both out of the 'normal' range for males. The one higher and the other lower than the relevant ranges. Is that a problem?
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Marius
The upper limit of normal of the BMI range for adult men is 25, unless you are a body builder? If your BMI = 25.2 then you are slightly overweight. According to Prof Tim Noakes normal men have a body fat% of 14% on average, while elite male athletes are 5%. So both your BMI and body fat% is higher than the normal range values and I would say that you could lower both by following a low-fat diet (the weight) and doing aerobic exercise for up to 60 min a day to lower your body fat%. However it is important to keep in mind that both the BMI and body fat% values are only indications of fatness, and fitness. It may be a good idea to have yourself assessed by a dietitian who can also measure your waist to hip ratio and take skin fold measurements to determine if you are in need of weight loss.
Best regards
DietDoc
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