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Ideal body fat %

I’ve read a couple times in T-mag that a low body fat % correlates to good health due to things like tissue turnover rates. Is there a fairly precise body fat % for good health? Is body fat % in itself healthy or is just a signal of exercising and good nutrition which leads to good health.

If you’re a woman planning to bear children, then yes, there is a lower level above which you want to keep your BF%.

If you’re a male bbuilder, anything below about 20% is considered healthy. Anything below that is just a matter aesthetics for the most part :0)