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What is a Healthy Body Fat Percentage?

Man Measuring His Waist With a Tape Measure (CC)

Unfortunately there isn’t a definitive answer.  Everybody seems to have a different study that they base their numbers upon.  And some people can be healthy and fat!

The good news is that while none of the published “recommended body fat percentage ranges” match each other exactly, there is some overlap in the ranges.  Take a look at these “suggested” ranges, then do an honest self-evaluation, then set goals that are realistic and good for you!

As with any measure of fitness, these numbers are merely guides.  Listen to what your body is telling you.  Talk to your doctor and monitor your situation regularly.   I encourage you to get these books and read the accompanying information that goes with these charts.  If your local library doesn’t have them, they can request a copy of the book from another library through a process called Interlibrary Loan.  Or you can buy the books through Amazon (just click on the links below).

Now, let’s look at some numbers!

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