Do I Still Need to Lose Weight?
I'm about 10 pounds heavier than I'm supposed to be, but it's all muscle! (My body fat is 20 percent.) Do I still need to lose weight?
Submitted by FitnessEditor

Probably not. "It's very possible for someone who is fit and toned to be 10 pounds above standard weight recommendations, provided the weight is evenly distributed," says Ann Kearney-Cook, PhD, a psychologist and author of Change Your Mind, Change Your Body (Simon and Schuster, 2004). Excess pounds stored around the midsection can raise heart disease risk even in otherwise lean people.

To check, calculate your waist-to-hip ratio (waist measurement divided by hip measurement). If yours is below 0.85, you're in the clear, says Kearney-Cooke.

Answered by FitnessEditor
Community Answers (3)

You will probably not need to lose weight. Its all about body fat and muscle mass. If you are around 20% body fat then that is a good range to be in for a women.
Submitted by support29228

when you find the remedy for losing muscle please let me know. that is what we are trying to achieve. muscle good fat bad! use those charts as a guide. if you feel healthy-this is what matters most.
Submitted by copayextra