Body Fat 12%
12% Body Fat men - Athletes
Men who exceed the normal body fat range have greater risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, fatty liver disease and some types of cancer.
12% Body Fat women - Essential fat
Women with too much body fat range have greater risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, fatty liver disease and some types of cancer.
12% Body Fat Men
Body weight consists of muscle, bone, fluids and fat.
Excess body fat places a load on the body and can be a health risk for men, depending on the percentage of body fat.
Men tend to gain body fat in the belly region, and this places them at a higher risk for heart disease.
Knowing what is the normal fat percentage and staying within that range will promote overall health and lower the risk of disease.
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 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% Body Fat Women
To know our body fat percentage, as well as the minimum essential fat percentage can be useful if we are trying to lose weight.
Since our goal is usually losing fat, monitoring our body fat percentage shows us how successful we are.
If most our weight loss efforts are through increased exercise, just checking our weight might not be useful. We might actually gain weight, as muscles are heavier than fat.
A body fat percentage of 12 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: