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I'm more than 2 stone lighter than you - and admittedly shorter - with a 'healthy' BMI, work out regularly (cycle 70 miles a week and go to the gym) and my Salter scales still put me at 30-31% most of the time.
I would say you are more like 30% with your height and weight? My Wife is a bit taller than you and a bit heavier and that what she comes out on our scales at.
The OP at 25.7 BMI fits this.
If she lost 2 stone without losing muscle the 40% would drop to 28%.
Franglaise wrote: You've done brilliantly in losing 21lbs already and I can understand why you are concerned about the fat percentage being 40%. I'm curious as to why you think you would be way too skinny at 10 stone? 8and a half stone is skinny at 5 foot 8 but 10 stone isn't.
It's Skinny for Cornwall!!!!!
We like our women with somein to hang onto! Not like all them girls up the line!
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/72/3/694.long, check table 3
I would repeat the measurement a couple of times (if it is a good quality calibrated scale). If the percentage consistently is that high, I would consider finding some way to increase muscle mass. Disproportionally high body fat in normal BMI is associated with helth risks. Mosley mentioned he was a TOFI (Thin(nish) on the Outsidea, Fat on the Inside), which is associated with health risks.
"Exercise" can be so many things - I used to hate it, but I found some things that I can stick with that don't take a lot of time and mental effort.
If you wanted to reduce body fat %age you can do with more than just diet. Adding resistance and strength training will mean that you are more likely to retain your lean body mass while the weight you lose will be mostly fat. Although this can cause you to lose weight a little slower it means you will retain more muscle as you lose weight and your body fat % will drop. Just dieting and losing weight usually results in a loss of fat and LBM which can mean that even though someone might be considered as a healthy weight for their height, their body fat % could still be classed as too high.
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