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Truth About 10% Body Fat

Time to discuss the truth about body fat. Readers always ask me, "How many percent are you?" and "What have you been doing all year?"

Well, here's the answer and the truth will surprise you. I'm 10%. In my opinion, you want to be there to see your abs.

(NOTE: Due to differences in physiological gender, women who are not obese with abs are 16% - but will have more fat in lower regions.)

Yes, I'm 10%. Not 8% like many think. After all, I shake my head at men who tell me they are <8% fat all the time. Very, very, very few people are 8% fat. Be skeptical when someone claims they are a single fat percentage.

But don't worry about the real%, because it's hard to measure accurately. If you can't measure it, just focus on hip & waistline and progress in before and after pictures (take every 4 weeks).

In this way, I have known people to get results with almost all types of programs and diets. Your job is to find the right diet for your personality and lifestyle and use the fitness program you love - to keep yourself consistent - with some resistance training.

If you are struggling, write down your sticking point. In addition, create a basic set of measurements, including height, weight, and waist circumference, hips, arms, and thighs. Then take a photo before yourself. This is more important than body fat measurement.

If you want to know your measurements, I really believe the cheapest and easiest way to find this out is to go to a respected veteran trainer in your area and ask them to estimate it by just looking at your belly fat.

Seriously. A great coach will be just as inaccurate (and expensive) in their home.

Once you do that, consider the data as your baseline. The next step is to turn your body into a giant experiment. After all, two legends believe that experimentation and self-measurement are essential to success.

"All life is an experiment. The more you try, the better." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"What is measured can be managed." - Peter Drucker

So here's what I want you to do:

4 week trial

Write down what you eat for the next 4 weeks and note how you feel after eating this meal. Make the connection between food and mood / energy. Do this short experiment to help you eat better throughout your life.

Most of the training and nutritionists I know have recorded their training - and eating often - from the start. These records are powerful and act as a plan to help you lose fat.

Record your diet and exercise, and you'll learn a LOT about yourself and what works for your fat loss.


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