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Look Out - Fat (me) Triathlete coming through....

Posted Jan 28 2010 12:00am

My co-workers are having a "Biggest Loser" contest and they are going by Body Fat % loss as the main factor. I didn't think I needed another competition at this time so I stayed out but I did an initial weigh in just for Sh%&s and giggles.

To my surprise my Body Fat % is at the very high end of the healthy range of things for the 31 to 50 age group. How can this be? Obviously, the folks putting this guidleline in place are leading people to very unhealthy ideals.

If a 35 year old guy that does pretty well in his AG at races, trains 15 to 20 hours a week (at pretty high intensity) and eats a lot better than most of the population is just barely meeting the body fat target what does this mean?

Check out the charts-
http://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/bodyfatpercentage.html

Also, if you look up the male triathlete range, I am way above the 5% to 12% bar so I guess all the triathletes they measured were pros cause I happily see all shapes and sizes out there at our local events.

Even on the Health Canada site, my Body Mass Index is only a fraction of a number off being overweight?

I think it is time they re-viewed these numbers and made them a little more realistic before they drive people to very unhealthy lifestyles.

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