So, now you have had your body fat measured, what do the
numbers really mean?
First, your body fat percentage is simply the percentage
of fat that your body contains. If you are 140 pounds
and 20% fat, it means that your body consists of 28
pounds fat and 112 pounds lean body mass (bone, muscle,
organ tissue, blood and everything else).
Men and women differ in their body fat levels according
to their level of fitness and their age. Taking women
first, the typical % body fat levels for female athletes
is between 14 and 20%, fit young female adults range
from 21-24%, for average women- acceptable levels would
be from 25%-32% (under 40 years) and up to 35% in the
And for men, male athletes would typically have levels
of 6-13%, fit men would have levels ranging from 14-17%,
acceptable levels for the average man would range from
N.B. The resting metabolic rate provides an estimate
of how many calories your body needs a day while at
rest, before taking into consideration any calories
needed for exercise.