I just crunched some numbers. My body fat percentage is currently 32%. If I want to reach my UGW I will have to lose 50 pounds. Using the (very inaccurate) assumption that I lose only fat, my body fat percentage will drop to 8%. That’s well below what women athletes are supposed to maintain - a look I am definitely not going for. In general, women need around 10 - 13% essential body fat, or visceral fat, to keep all those internal organs running effectively. That’s in addition to the layer of body fat, or subcutaneous fat, which sits below the skin.
Just to give you an idea of what’s “normal”: athletes in my age rage usually aim for 14 - 20% body fat, fit women aim for 21 - 24%, while average women range between 25 - 33%. Anything above 34% is considered overweight and anything under 21% is considered underweight.
Guess this means I’m going to be losing muscle. Not such a horrible thing I suppose. It will make me look thinner in the end. Still, I worked damn hard for what I have. I am not one to let things go.