Body Fat 12.5%
Athletes- 12.5% Body Fat men
Men who maintain a healthy body fat range have an overall better quality of health and fitness.
Men with normal body fat have more toned muscles and this improves their appearance.
Essential fat- 12.5% Body Fat women
For females, body fat percentages below 15-20 percent are considered dangerous. A low body fat percentage can cause a hormonal imbalance, your menstrual cycle might stop and this can lead to infertility.
12.5% Body Fat Men
Knowing your body fat percentage, as well as the minimum essential fat percentage can be useful if you are trying to lose weight.
Besides knowing how much essential fat you absolutely have to have, you also need to know our lean body mass, the weight of your bones and organs, which is calculated using our height, weight and sex.
Adding lean body mass and essential fat, you can find how much extra fat you have and how much weight you can lose without endangering your health.
This is a sustainable level for most men where you should be able to see your abs, but they will likely not be as defined as a man in the 6-7% body fat range.
A body fat percentage of 12.5 is the classic beach body look that most men want and many women love. While not very defined, there is separation between muscles, some muscle striations potentially in the shoulders, or arms, but striations are not showing on every muscle.
Vascularity is typically limited to the arms, with a little possibly on the legs.
12.5% Body Fat Women
Some body fat is required for overall health. It plays an important role in protecting internal organs, providing energy, and regulating hormones. Excess body fat is linked to an increased risk for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. To lower your body fat, you must eat fewer calories than you use.
The human body is made to store fat so that it maintains reserves of energy. If you take in fewer calories, your body will burn these fat reserves.
A body fat percentage of 12.5 is still considered a very low body fat for women, which is similar to the 6-7% body fat for range men.
Many bikini and fitness models will reach this body fat level and some may not be able to menstruate.
Muscle definition in the abs, legs, arms, and shoulders is apparent, there is some vascularity and some separation between muscles.
Hips, buttocks, and thighs generally have a little less shape because of the low body fat.
Calculate your body fat percentage
Percent body fat is the percentage of fat your body contains.
Exact body fat percentage cannot be precisely determined, but multiple methods are used to estimate it. You can use our body fat calculator to estimate your body fat percentage: