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Normal weight, high body fat?

Postby Moomie » Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:25 pm

I am 5'4", and I weigh 119 pounds. I realize that this is not overweight for my height. However, I have a body fat percentage of 26.3, and I have a lot of fat and cellulite around my hips, buttocks, and thighs. I have been off of sugars and white flour since the middle of December, and I have been following SB for about 2 weeks (in Phase 2). When should I start to see some body fat reduction? Or should I be on Phase 1?
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Postby luvs_torun » Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:31 pm

I think you posted a very similar question in this thread..
http://www.southbeach-diet-plan.com/for ... ht=#875817 .... and got some good answers.

How was your body fat measured? Are you sure it was correct?

Just from reading your prior posts, my best suggestion would be to exercise more. Longer bouts of cardio are great for fat burning, keep strength training for toning and gaining lean muscle.

Also....

Don't return to Phase 1....

Be patient........
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Postby Lynt » Tue Mar 06, 2007 2:11 pm

Yes, I was puzzled about your body fat percentage too in your previous post. especially as I am your height, and at a weight of 142lbs my body fat percentage is around 24.4. What method was used to measure it? I'd expect yours to be between 20 and 21! Go figure..
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Postby AleciaBneedstobefreed » Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:15 am

Ya, I would venture to think that the measurement you arrived at was wrong.
You are a very low weight and that kind of body fat just isn't adding up at all.
You never get rid of cellulite. It is hereditary. I have a strange body shape (or at least I think so) and it is hereditary. Some things you just have to keep .
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Postby penguin993 » Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:33 am

What is the most reliable method of body fat measurement? The scale I have at home measures body fat, but it claims that at 5'5 and 149 lbs, I am at 40% body fat! I admit I'm not very muscular, but I also have a hard time believing that my body is two-fifths fat from how it looks. It also claims that my very thin husband, who does long-distance cycling and is 6'0, 160 lbs is about 21% body fat.
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Postby luvs_torun » Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:35 pm

Home scales that measure body fat are usually quite inaccurate.

The most convenient method to test body fat is by using skin-fold calipers. Find a trainer you feel comfortable with and have the test done every three to four weeks. This method is only an estimate. The most accurate method is hydrostatic weighing, sometimes called underwater weighing. This can usually be performed in a university human-performance lab. (Kimboroni has had this done. You might pm her if you have questions.)

If you decide to use the caliper test, choose a trainer who's highly experienced. They should take three measurements in each site and then take the average of the three. Have the same trainer take the readings every three to four weeks and that should provide some degree of consistency.
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Postby skinnypeep » Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:25 pm

The internet ate my post!! :shock:

As I was saying, thanks for clearing that up. I am 5'7" 142 and the scale says I am at 33.5% body fat which seems like a lot. :? Unfortunately I don't have a gym membership so I'll just have to hope it's wrong and move on.
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Postby luvs_torun » Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:36 pm

The internet ate my post!! :shock:


I hate that!! lol

FWIW..... I've never had my body fat tested...........
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Postby oldpjams » Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:33 pm

Sometimes there are local health fairs that offer tests. Or, ask your doctor. A dunk test is the most accurate method, btw.
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Postby Moomie » Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:31 pm

Hi. Thanks for all of the replies. I measured myself back in October, and after reading all of the posts, I decided to do it again. My measurements are exactly the same! I am going to continue in Phase 2 and try to bump up the excercise. I hope that helps.
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Postby RedRox » Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:54 pm

You could also try a bodyfat calculator. They can be surprisingly accurate.
http://www.davedraper.com/bodyfat-calculator.html (Never used this one, but one I found before and can't find again was pretty close to my caliper test.)
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Re: Normal weight, high body fat?

Postby dave147 » Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:48 am

Moomie wrote:I am 5'4", and I weigh 119 pounds. I realize that this is not overweight for my height. However, I have a body fat percentage of 26.3, and I have a lot of fat and cellulite around my hips, buttocks, and thighs. I have been off of sugars and white flour since the middle of December, and I have been following SB for about 2 weeks (in Phase 2). When should I start to see some body fat reduction? Or should I be on Phase 1?


Hi Moomie, Could you please tell me how you know your body fat accurately?
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