I bought this cheap scale to monitor my water/muscle% and it also monitors body fat%. Long story short, the scale is saying I only have like 4%BF and from what I've read online and in Doug Grahams book (the 811 diet), for an athletic woman I should be aiming for more like 10%. I don't understand, I just switched (in the past month) from a hfrv to lfrv. Shouldn't I have too much fat, not too little? Any suggestions on how I could raise my levels? Or will they mb adjust by them self?
In other notes, my BMI is normal and I'm 5'2' and 130lbs, so its not like im not anorexic in any regards. I've managed to greatly reduce my allergies and acid reflux by going raw. But on a high fat diet I had no energy, my hair was thinning and I had this gnarly skin rash on my hands that was so painful and itchy. Things are slowly getting better now that I've reduced the fat to only about 5-10% of my daily diet. But I don't know what to about the body fat %.
Thanks for any light you could shed!
these kind of scales dont show right numbers...how could they? ... get the pincher type done in a gym or something... best would be with the water weighing things:)
if you feel and look healthy, dont worry
4% is impossible for a woman to have, considering your height and bodyweight as well it's hard to tell from it alone. I would use skin caliper measurements or even better, just look at yourself in the mirror or see how your clothes change to fit.
Totally can't trust bioimpedence scales WHATSOEVER - not even for "averages" as some people do.
They go off hydration or lack there of.
I recently had a DEXA (can't get more accurate than that., seriously, you can't) and I'm 19% fat at 5'3 and 123lbs.
Got on MY stupid scale that does the same thing as yours, just for giggles, and it had me at 30% fat. Puh-leeeeeeze.
I think at your weight and being 4%, you'd be an absolute skeleton with really heavy bones. Ha!
So anyway, don't believe that scale at all.
Initially i chalked it up to my scale being cheap and BIA being a poor way to get any sort of accurate information. But then i thought even if it wasn't 4%, it was just low, maybe there was cause for concern. I think i just let it get to me, clearly i'm not wasting away. its all good. thanks again for the reassurance!
You are definitely not wasting away. You look great!
5'2" and 130 pounds, you are not low body fat. Unless you are a body builder, your body fat percentage is most likely between 25-30%.