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Every time I see Prince Fielder on the field, I wonder just how much better a baseball player he would be if he lost a chunk of that bodyfat. Then I see him run. Prince is surprisingly quick.
My guess is due to the "creeping obesity" factor. I wonder if they factored in the effects of regular strength training on body fat percentages when the made the charts? But as we age if we don't maintain muscle mass, we gradually lose it, and metabolism slows down. It may be due to hormonal changes as well.I don't understand why the "ideal" BF would increase about 5% from age 40 to 55. "Attainable by the average person" (or "realistically ideal") I could understand, but wouldn't the "ideal" be the same?
A friend, 30 years ago, coined a phrase for me; he calls that little bit of belly fat his "good life." The explanation? If you don't have it, people think you aren't living the good life.I liked to be ~15-18% on deployments in order to live off the hump for a few days if necessary and not be fatigued.
I look fatter than I did 10 years ago but my weight is the same. I have no clue about any possible change in body composition - too many variables, and not important enough to me.You have stayed light and lean, Steve -- do you think your BF% has increased as much as the chart says?
Yes...but often women weigh less than their natural settling point would be and in addition to that they work out too much and avoid fat (assuming it would make them fat). Disordered eating and nutrient deficiencies occure, period gets irregular or does not happen. And too low bf is a part of this.My understanding is that one has to be very thin, much thinner than most women would want to bother with, for this to happen.