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    I think you're looking at a BMI chart and confusing it with body fat percentage. Your BMI is 25.7, your body fat percentage is 35-39%. 2 different measures. BMI is accurate but pretty worthless, body fat percentage is inaccurate (the way you calculated it) but useful. But they're not the same thing at all.

    For reference, my BMI is over 26, which means I'm classified as overweight. My body fat percentage is 15-16% at the moment, which means you can make out my top 4 abs if you look closely.

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    If I gain any more muscle right now I'll be back into the obese category at 18% body fat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    If I gain any more muscle right now I'll be back into the obese category at 18% body fat.
    I know the feeling! I actually had to do a hydrostatic test to get out of paying a higher insurance rate with a BMI of 29.7

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    Online calculators are of limited use for body fat percentage. They are based on averages taken from large studies and make some big assumptions. If you are really keen to know get a caliper and read up about accurate measuring. LGN is the best measure in my book.

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    I was "overweight" in high school according to those charts. I had 6% body fat. Gymnast muscle FTW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaceyUK View Post
    Online calculators are of limited use for body fat percentage. They are based on averages taken from large studies and make some big assumptions. If you are really keen to know get a caliper and read up about accurate measuring. LGN is the best measure in my book.
    After spending way too much of my life trying to pinch body parts I could hardly reach, I figured out that I can estimate my body fat percentage as accurately with a mirror as I ever did with the caliper. Start with the number 16, subtract the # of "hard" visible rectus abdominus muscles, and voila. Makes life easy.

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    My prior (female) trainer is 5'5" and 150lbs and gorgeously fit and healthy. Absolutely in no way obese or even heavy. It is all relative. Me? At 5'3" I WOULD be fat at 150 the way I put on weight. Some people are just more dense. I hope that doesn't sound negative.

    No more scales. No more comparisons. Eat well. Move well. Take care of your body and your brain and it should all fall into place over time. That is the plan, at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinot-Girl View Post
    Hey

    OK, I know I have a few lbs to loose, I'm OK with that, but I just did an online Body Fat test which says I'm obese???

    I'm 5'4" and 150lbs, wear size 10 US clothes, bra is 36 and my undergarments are a size M.

    These things can't seriously be accurate? I did take a picture the other day of me in a bikini type thing, so I can at least track things.

    I don't have money for any of the more accurate tests, having just googled this?

    Yikes is all I can say, I perhaps will look visually rather than at a number for this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHaselow View Post

    No more scales. No more comparisons. Eat well. Move well. Take care of your body and your brain and it should all fall into place over time. That is the plan, at least.
    Well said! Although I can't stop weighing myself everyday. Still I'm doing pretty well at the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by excursivey View Post
    Well said! Although I can't stop weighing myself everyday. Still I'm doing pretty well at the rest.

    Pack up the scale and/or just give it to GoodWill. Seriously.

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