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Body composition

DIET MATTERS TO EVERY BODY

Whether you want to shed a few pounds, put a few on, reduce your body fat or add muscle, the healthy way to do it is through exercise and diet. As a rule of thumb, consuming more energy (calories) than you use will result in weight gain, while consuming less energy than you use will result in weight loss.

General Ranges for percentage body fat

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  • ATHLETES
  • FITNESS
  • AVERAGE
  • OBESITY

MALES

  • 6-13%
  • 14-17%
  • 18-24%
  • ≥ 25%

FEMALES

  • 14-20%
  • 21-24%
  • 25-31%
  • ≥ 32%

Source: Adapted from American Council on Exercise

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