I’ve noticed the fat analyser in my gym but never had the courage to use it. Would the personal trainers come over to sell me their services if I use their machines, I wondered.
My wonderment came to an end a few days ago when I saw a man step up to the fat analyser, not once, but twice. He received two print-outs for his efforts. I waited until the gym was mostly empty before I got onto onto the machine.
I entered my height, age and gender. The machine did the rest.
As I waited for my diagnosis, I felt like a child waiting for my exam results.
It turned out that my body was made up of 20% fat.
I found this illustration online that shows you what that should look like. This is a great visual guide that helps you estimate if you don’t have access to such a nifty machine.
Source: Fitt Chicks
And here is the men’s equivalent:
I think it’s quite difficult to make a value judgement on what is “ideal.” For someone who is obese, maybe 20% body fat seems really low and desirable. For an athlete who is fighting against an uphill cycle, a lower percentage of body fat (and higher percentage of muscles) may be more advantageous.
In fact, women body builders aim for an average fat body percentage of 6-10%, while a fitness competitor would go for 9-15% body fat. This post explains the difference between bikini models, figure models and body builders.
Are there such competitions in Singapore I wonder?