Body Fat 8.6%
8.6% Body Fat men - Athletes
Men are prone to storing fat around the abdomen area. Men who gain fat in the abdomen region are at a greater risk for developing serious health problems than men who gain fat in other areas of the body.
8.6% Body Fat women - Essential fat
Women are prone to storing fat around the buttocks and thighs (pear-shaped). Too little body fat can lead to problems with reproduction and too much fat increases the risk of many diseases.
8.6% 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 8.6 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.
8.6% 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 8.6 in a woman is an extremely low body fat level typically attained by female bodybuilders.
Essential fat for women is round 8-10% compared to 2% for men. Why the difference? Women have more fat in breast tissue and the area surrounding the uterus.
This level of body fat is not considered safe, or healthy for women who will be unable to menstruate.
Striations of muscle, separation between muscles, clear vascularity are all noticeable at this level.
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: