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csproul


Mar 26, 2013, 12:17 PM

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Re: [mr.tastycakes] Inclined walls
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mr.tastycakes wrote:
csproul,

I don't know how going under essential BF percentages would affect men and women differently, aside from reproductive issues in women (female athlete triad and all that fun stuff).

For both men and women, going under essential bodyfat percentages is seriously bad for multiple organ systems, including, perhaps most importantly, the heart.

6% bodyfat would be about half the amount of essential fat for a woman. She'd have no period, osteoporosis, decreased thyroid function, a slow/inactive GI track, decreased kidney function, and heart arrhythmia. Her hormones would be whacked the fuck out (that's a technical term). She'd have no energy. She'd always be cold. She couldn't climb the stairs, much less the Nose.

-Dr.tastycakesCool
I guess what I am asking is why the "essential" BF% is so different for a man and a woman?

I realize women have higher BF% than men, even at similar athletic builds. BUT, why would a woman at 6% be any more prone to "osteoporosis, decreased thyroid function, a slow/inactive GI track, decreased kidney function, and heart arrhythmia" than a man at 6%? I can assure you that 6% for a male athlete is low but not extremely abnormal, but it is not normal for a woman. Sure I can see a woman with 6% having all sorts of repro problems, but why would it be more likely to cause all these other life threatening problems? Not arguing that you aren't correct, I guess I just don't understand why. Maybe it's time to open a physiology book.

BTW, after testing many athletes, I can tell you that most all overestimate their own BF%.


(This post was edited by csproul on Mar 26, 2013, 12:26 PM)



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