View Full Version : Female BF% numbers..?
07-23-2004, 04:48 AM
Anyone know what a good bodyfat is for women? I ask becasue I have a friend who wishes to diet and train down but neither of us have any idea what a target BF for a lean girl may be. This isnt fomr a competition or anything...just to get into good shape. So for me a good BF is 8%. Whats the equivalent in a female?
07-23-2004, 08:03 AM
They can usually get to low-mid teens before they start looking like dude-stuff. 14-16% looks pretty tyte IMHO. Going real low for a female may not be the best as it will reduce their 'cup'(i'm at work) size.
07-23-2004, 08:29 AM
Depends on the person, but generally somewhere in the mid to high teens would be where most women look great (assuming they don't want to compete in physique contests)
07-23-2004, 08:45 AM
Thanks guys....thats pretty much what i thought. I just wanted some more experienced second opinions :)
07-23-2004, 09:01 AM
my girlfriend just had hers tested and it was 21%......she looks great so i would think anything in the low twenties is fine.....i guess if your looking to be a swimsuit model shoot for mid high teens or so
07-23-2004, 09:17 AM
my friend has saeetled for 18% as a goal. when she gets close...she cal always stop short if she likes how 20% looks. or whatever. I just didnt want to be trying to get her down to 15% and discover thats the equivalent of a guy trying to get to 6%. I just wanted to find her a target thats going to be achievable but also make her look great. i didnt want to make a schoolboy error.
Appreciate the input :)
07-23-2004, 10:26 AM
15% seems nice... :)
07-23-2004, 11:04 AM
my friend has saeetled for 18% as a goal. when she gets close...she cal always stop short if she likes how 20% looks. or whatever.
I believe at 18% she will look better BF-wise than the average female her age that doesn't hit the gym. For females I believe norm BF% is about [20 to 23].
I just didnt want to be trying to get her down to 15% and discover thats the equivalent of a guy trying to get to 6%. I just wanted to find her a target thats going to be achievable but also make her look great.
At 15% I believe it would be comparable to a male at roughly 7-8%, you would most likely see an ab-line.
07-23-2004, 12:17 PM
even though a girl may look 'tight' at lower bodyfats - it's unadvisable to maintain a leanness below 14-15% because it disrupts all those naturally occurring female things. as stated before - ~18% is a decent bodyfat, readily attainable, healthy and pleasing to behold.
07-23-2004, 04:41 PM
But Im 18% and I think I still would like to lose more bodyfat. :(
If its slow I think I could maintain it at 14-15%
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