Many people here seem very concerned with reducing their body fat to what I consider very low levels. In particular I see women complaining about persistent fatty deposits on their hips and thighs (!).
How many of you have what is considered 'low' body fat? By calipers or water displacement if you've had it done, those vibrating scales are BS.
I would be surprised if many people eating primal (and not lifting a lot of weights and supplementing) had truly 'low' body fat. Lower than what's considered 'normal', sure (over 21% for women). And much, much lower than the average...
We are a naturally fatty animal, as far as I have read. Few land mammals have the level of subcutaneous fat we do. You can see this in pictures of 'primitive' people who still eat our kind of diet (Masai, Kung Bushmen, etc). They are slim and narrow, but have a layer of fat all over, and are soft around the hips and middle, especially as they age.
So, why this concern with lowering body fat as much as possible? Is it mainly to do with looks? Or do you believe it's healthier to have a low body fat percentage?
I am a 24-year-old woman, underweight and always have been (BMI 17), eat a high-calorie diet, and have 18-19% body fat as measured by calipers. I consider this healthy, normal, and attractive and wouldn't want to go any lower. Actually I would like a higher percentage! I haven't had weight loss and haven't noticed any fat loss from eating high-fat, low-carb... if I did I would up my carbs!