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Old 07-15-2012, 03:23 PM   #4
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Re: Suggested body weight & body fat %

Originally Posted by Brendan McNamar View Post
At 5'3" you will probably be looking at a body weight of 130 to 140 @ 18% body fat.

18% looks damn good but is not quite 6 pack abs on most women.

These are very general guild lines. If you happen to be very thin boned or very thick boned it could be somewhat higher or lower.

The formula is:
current weight - (current weight * current body fat %) = lean body mass


lean body mass + (lean body mass x .18) = health target weight

Remember the only really accurate body fat test are when they weight you on land and then in water (I think that is how the test is done) everything else will be generally close but not exact.
This is a pretty good estimation of where you would want to be at.

Depending on your genetics and type of build you may have more or less mass than the 130-140 range though so I wouldn't worry about it too much.
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