Is It Possible to Be Too Lean

It is not healthy to be excessively lean as it increases the risk for various diseases as well as malnutrition. An excessively lean male would have less than 5 percent body fat, while an excessively lean female would have less than 10 to 12 percent body fat. Do not forget that 0 percent body fat cannot be a goal, as not all body fat is stored in adipose tissue, which is classically called "fat." Some fat is stored in bone marrow and other vital places. Excessively lean girls often fail to produce adequate sex hormones (such as estrogens), a condition which is associated with irregular or halted menstrual cycles, which promotes the loss of bone mineral, setting them up for bone disorders such as osteoporosis.

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