Body fat percentage is thankfully gaining more popularity as an effective marker of overall health and fitness instead of the BMI Index. Body Fat Percentage – is the amount of body fat (lb, or kg) divided by total body weight listed as a percentage. Body Fat Distribution – We all have different body fat distributions, or how fat is distributed across our body. Body Shape -Similar to body fat distribution is we all have different body shapes, so two different body shapes may have the same body fat percentage even if they don’t look like it. Muscle Striations – As an individual becomes more defined, the actual muscle can be seen more clearly, which looks like thin rods, referred to as striations. Vascularity – This is the appearance of veins in different areas of the body as body fat decreases.
Bodybuilders can drop as low as 3-4% body fat when preparing for bodybuilding competitions.
Approximately 6-7% body fat for a man is a bit less extreme than competition bodybuilders, but it’s still hovering at a level that is not sustainable for most men.
This is a sustainable level for most men where you should be able to see your abs, but they will likely not be as defined as a man in the 6-7% body fat range.
There is more fat all around the body at the 30% level including waist, back, thighs, and calves. As men get heavier and heavier gaining more fat, most of the fat is funneled right in the stomach. Similar to the 35% level, even more fat accumulates in the stomach and waist region, so that waist sizes can approach 45 inches, or more.
This is still considered a very low body fat for women, which is similar to the 6-7% body fat for range men.
This is on the low end of what’s average for most women and is characterized by a shape that is neither too slim, nor overweight.
While most men have fat funnel into their stomachs, as the body fat of most women (but certainly not all) increases, this fat tends to accumulate in the hips, buttocks, and thighs. The hips become even wider at this level of body fat and the face and neck will appear rounder and more full.
The hips and thighs grow larger so that hip circumference can reach 42+ inches, waist of 35 inches, and thighs over 25 inches. Given how confusing measuring body fat percentage can be, I hope seeing these body fat percentage pictures was helpful!
I’d like to know, are those lower fat percentages tightening their muscles or are they relaxed? One thing I’m skeptical about before starting built lean is that I might just become a skinny scrawny guy at low body fat as I have no lifting experience. Fat underneath the chin should start to subside as a man dips below 20% body fat and heads toward 15% body fat. One thing I’m skeptical about before starting built lean is that I might just become a skinny scrawny guy at low body fat as I have no lifting experience.
Additionally, how long did it take to go from your before to your after picture on this website (~20% to 6%); was this done by your version of the Built Lean program?
Would someone (theoretically) notice a big change in how their face looks going from 14% BF to around 7-8% BF or have the gains as far as facial appearance been maxed out around 14%? If it is the case that facial appearance improves at lower body fat levels, then I would most certainly love to join the Built Lean program! I go by measurements and how I look in pictures now, but it is nice to see visually how different people look at different body fat levels.
In order to get to 10 to 12% BF should I continue to increase cardio work or increase weight training? With the right plan and the right discipline, you can get seriously shredded in just 28 days. You'?re training hard every day with your program, going heavy on the weights and sweating up a storm with cardio.
So in general, you’re saying that a physique with low body fat is more attractive than one with more muscle but also more fat? It seems to me that unlike those of men, the pictures of the women in the middle row (ranging from 25-35% body fat) don’t show as much difference among them.
Gee, my body fat has been measured all over the place using under water testing, calipers, measurements, handheld machine, body fat scale and so on…I ammtold anywhere from 17-23% that is a huge range and none of the methods agree even when retaken to see if the numbers are the same. What would cause a man to register at 10%-12% or maybe even less, but look more like the 15% picture.
I have not done any weight training in a year now but am familiar with moderate to advanced training. I recently had a bone density scan and later on when the doctor was going over the scans with me she said that I had a 31.2% body fat percentage. If your protein intake is too low on a restricted-calorie diet, you'll lose a lot of muscle in addition to any fat you'?re lucky enough to shed. Do you think that reflects the general appearance of women or the lower availability of pictures of women with defined ranges of body fat? I haven’t gotten my period in a while, and while she said that my body fat was reasonable, it would be good to increase it a little because it might not be high enough for my body. I would do the Built Lean program, but I don’t believe the nutrition part would be practical here, and therefore not a fair test or use of the program.
Focusing on whole foods such as grains and fresh fruits and vegetables while minimizing processed foods, establishing and maintaining adequate hydration, and being aware of potential adverse reactions to food and food additives contributes to wellness.
I’ve already lost 18lbs and gotten better muscle visibility through your nutrition guide and weightlifting. Even if you work out hard for an hour every day, that still leaves 23 more hours for you to wreck all your hard work in the gym with just one slip-up: a measly handful of chips, a beer with the guys or a burger at lunch. Choose lean high-quality proteins like egg whites, poultry, lean red meat and protein supplements.
Though many rely on diet sodas, Crystal Light and other low-calorie sweetened drinks, plain old water is really your best bet. There is no magic potion involved to instantly make you slim and fit, only a little bit of learning and practice.A The Body Mass Index (BMI) is the accepted measure for assessing weight most accurately. There'?s just no way around the diet, says Juge, and eating clean is the name of this get-lean game.
The diet provided here contains about 220-?250 grams of protein daily, fine for a male weighing 200-250 pounds. The hardest thing is to develop the new habit of preparing your meals and taking them with you."? The first week is the most difficult, so prepare yourself for some challenges as you abandon your usual routine.
I’ve started count my calories, change my eating habits and also doing my regular exercise. It's the backbone of your entire plan, the foundation of a hard body.Bodybuilding nutrition consultant Jim Juge says nutrition determines your success or failure, plain and simple.
Up your protein only if you'?re heavier than 250 pounds, or you're very hungry and need to add food during the day. Just to let you know that your website has a lot of good and useful information on it to help people get lean and also helping obese people like me.
The nutrition part is difficult, as I work in a remote northern camp, and am subject to eating camp food. You"?ll now have to bring your food with you and resist the temptation of spicing up your meal with the Doritos in the vending machine or your usual can of Coke. As body fat increases and lean body mass decreases, the risk for cardiovascular disease increases. Juge would know, as he'?s helped countless dedicated people reach their goals, from achieving their best body ever to placing first in bodybuilding competitions.You've got 28 days to get to your goal, so we've recruited Juge to help you every step of the way.
It can be a real mental battle to stick to your food plan.To stay motivated and deal with cravings, Juge has a couple of great recommendations. He'?s adapted a traditional bodybuilding competitor's diet for a non-competitor (that means you!) who wants to look his best, shedding as much fat as possible in a very short time.
This ratio is calculated by dividing the waist measurement in inches by the hip measurement in inches.
If you feel deprived during the week, concentrate on the cheat meal to come, knowing you can eat absolutely anything you want to -- pizza, lasagna, doughnuts, beer, chips, you name it! Your goal should be to take your body and make it as healthy, strong, flexible and well-proportioned as you can.
Come breakfast time tomorrow, follow his plan as strictly as you can and get ready to show off those impressive muscles in a month. Thin or plump, young or old, you will be more beautiful, have a prouder carriage, healthier glow and a supple flow of movement which says that you are comfortable and confident about your physical self.i»?The fastest, healthiest, and most effective, interesting and rewarding way to lose weight is by combining 300 minutes of cardio exercise a week with a healthful diet. Afterward, get right back on the wagon with your next scheduled meal.Second, take a few photos of yourself to keep your motivation up. The best results come when you simultaneously cut down on caloric intake and increase the calories you burn up through exercise.A A Some of what you'll learn is basic common sense, but hopefully you'll gain some insight into how you can change your bad eating habits into good eating habits so you can lose weight and keep it off.


I take front, side and back pictures of them at the beginning and have them post the photos on their mirror at home. I tell them, just keep looking at that picture and think of what you'?re going to look like in a few weeks."When it comes to cravings, protein drinks and bars may also help cure your need for sugar, says Juge. In this guide I'm going to give you straight talk about what it takes to rapidly lose weight and get fit in a healthy way.
He recommends mixing a flavored protein powder in a blender with as much ice as possible, so it'?ll taste more like a milkshake. I'm going to show you exactly what you need to do, step-by-step, so you can reach your weight loss goal and keep that weight off for the long term. Day Five'?s protein shake includes a cup of berries, which will also help with sugar cravings. The newest varieties taste more like candy bars, with state-of-the-art sweetening techniques.Your habits and cravings may both rear their heads at restaurants, where it'?s easy to blow your diet in seconds.
Get a salad (no cheese) with either fat-free dressing or a vinaigrette." After his 14 years in bodybuilding, Juge testifies that he'?s found many restaurants are accommodating, so there'?s no reason to avoid them as long as they'?ll cook to your preferences. If you are going to lose weight and stay fit, you have to think i»?long term lifestyle changesi»?.
You can't eat a banana or a bowl of cabbage soup for three days and think you've succeeded in your weight loss goal. You've only developed a nasty habit of yo-yo dieting.A I know that's probably not what you wanted to hear. Most people want instant gratification when they make that all important decision to get fit and lose weight. Granted, obesity does run in some families, but that doesn't mean you have to sit back and accept your overweight as a kind of family curse. More than likely it's simply the result of careless or naive eating habits and far too little physical activity - lazy habits passed on from generation to generation.
Diet properly and you'll not only look better, but you'll eat better than you probably have in years. In that case, he's either being overly kind, or he's overweight himself, or he's simply telling a big fat lie! Let it show you how to add not as much as a single pound though you add five, ten, twenty, even thirty candles to your birthday cake. It doesn't motivate many people to even try to lose weight because a vast majority of those who diet and lose even a little weight will eventually put all that weight (and many times more) back on as soon as they stop dieting.A Therin lies the problem.
Diets are doomed to fail right from the start because most people view diets as a short term solution, something they can follow for a set period of time to get the desired results and then just stop. But unless it's a diet plan they can follow for life, they're doomed to fail.A It doesn't really matter if you believe it or not. You wouldn't be reading this article if you did.A If you want to lose weight and keep that weight off, you need to stop thinking of a diet as a temporary fix. Unfortunately, most people follow an "unhealthy" diet which leads to weight gain, high blood sugar, and for some, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease.A Weight gain is the product of not paying attention to what you put in your body, how often you do it and when.
They also produce long term health problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, constipation, fatty liver, heart disease and more.A You may be feeling great because you've lost a few pounds. But I guarantee you this - If you stop following that diet, and go back to your old eating habits, very soon you'll find yourself on the wrong side of that diet failure statistic.A When you crash diet, you put your metabolismon a roller coaster ride. Instead of speeding up and giving your body more energy, the lower calorie intake that normally goes with a crash diet puts your body in "famine" mode. Your body doesn't want to let go of what it knows it needs to survive.A You need to think i»?long term, healthy eating i»?that will help promote a healthy metabolism, not send it into shock. Some people are unable to digest dairy products because their body doesn't produce an enzyme called lactase. However, because the culture in yogurt produces its own lactase it can be enjoyed by most people. Eating yogurt can combat the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.Eggs- Skip that stack of pancakes and get a fat-burning boost with a plate of eggs. Eating the right meal within an hour or two after exercise can make the biggest difference you've noticed yet. That's the time when your body needs -and most effectively uses- food to turn your effort into stronger muscles and increased energy levels.
Starting a meal with half a grapefruit is an old diet trick that does seem to work, according to scientists.
In 2006, they found that this simple change helped a group of very overweight volunteers to lose weight. Grapefruit is full of flavonoids that repair cell damage, combat cancer, and protect the heart.Avocados- They have a hunger-halting hormone called leptin.
Scientists have found people are more relaxed after a higher-fat meal, and even feel less pain. Some fat is also necessary for the body to absorb nutrients that can improve your mood, such a vitamin E.
Avocados are the healthier alternative: instead of saturated fat, they provide healthy monounsaturated fat. They are rich in tryptophan, along with vitamin B6 and folate, which helps the body turn tryptophan into the feel-good chemical serotonin.Mushrooms- Try swapping out meat for mushrooms in your favorite recipe.
A recent study found that mushrooms were just as filling, but of course don't have the saturated fat that's found in meat. Mushrooms are one of the richest sources of a powerful antioxidant called L-ergothioneine, which combats cell damage.
They are also rich in vitamin B3, which might slow the onset of age-related dementias, and potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure. Research is being done into their cancer-fighting properties, including reducing the risk of breast cancer. Mushrooms might also help to slow down age-related muscle loss, as they provide protein in a form that the body can easily use. Shiitake mushrooms, in particular, are rich in iron.Olive Oil- With all of its heart-healthy qualities, olive oil contains a hunger-busting acid too.
These three nutrients are associated with a lower risk of colon cancer, which becomes increasingly common in later age.
Together, these nutrients protect cells from the damage that can lead to cancer, as well as causing heart disease, hardening of the arteries, and skin deterioration. The vitamin E content can reduce the severity of hot flashes.Whole Grains- To whittle your middle, go for the whole grains. Folks who eat more whole grains have less belly fat.Red Pepper- Do you love crushed red peppers? The heat-inducing compound (capsaicin) that's found in pepper actually cuts your appetite.Fava Beans- Bring on the fava beans if you want to cut that belly fat. So it stands to reason that the first step in weight loss would be cutting back on your food intake. You don't want to starve your body.A When you don't eat enough food, your body will begin to take whatever it needs in the way of nutrients from other parts of your body in order to survive. That means taking nutrients from your bones, teeth, and vital organs, leaving your body depleted. Your metabolism will shut down in order to reserve energy and your body will only use enough energy to stay alive. So while you may think that by starving yourself you'll drop weight quicker, what you're actually doing is sabotaging your metabolism.A The operative word when thinking of food is "healthy". It's not enough to simply eat enough food to keep your metabolism running at optimal performance.
You need foods that will give your body energy while allowing it to function with a minimal amount of effort.A It is true that there are no bad "foods" if you eat them in moderation and balance them with healthy foods.
No one wants to feel deprived of having their favorite dessert or a fast food burger every so often.
However, if you have that fast food burger every day of the week or eat that piece of triple chocolate cake before you go to bed every evening without giving a thought to how your body will react to it, you've established a bad eating habit.A A The trick is to balance the amount of food you eat with whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits, along with lean meats.
That means that whatever it is you're eating is sitting in you while you relax rather than being burned off as you go about your day.A A Furthermore, when you skip a meal, you're famished by the time you finally do get to eat later in the afternoon or early evening. By then end of the day, you've already burned most of the calories you are going to burn during the day. Your body ends up storing those excess calories in your body fat and keeps them in reserve for the next time you skip a meal.A A This can become a vicious circle of you trying to desperately cut back calories by skipping meals and your body is desperately trying to hold on to whatever nourishment it can get. Instead of eating 3 big meals a day, eat 5 or 6 smaller meals.A A Start your day with proteins and any carbohydrates you might want to have during the course of the day.
That fat contributes not only to weight gain, but other health issues that are detrimental.A A But not all fats are created equal. Monounsaturated fats can be found in foods like almonds, walnuts, peanuts, avocadoes, and olive oil. Not only are they good for weight loss, as an added health benefit they help to lower your bad LDL cholesterol.A A Polyunsaturated fats also help lower LDL cholesterol levels as well as aid in weight loss.


Foods rich in polyunsaturated fat are salmon, cod, corn and sunflower oils, flaxseed and other fish oils. Foods that contain polyunsaturated fat also contain omega 3 fatty acids, which help aid the body in weight loss.A A You want to avoid saturated fats such as foods fried in vegetable oil or prepackaged foods that add fat for flavoring.
I say changing lifestyle habits instead of focusing on just the kind of food you eat and when you eat it because losing weight, getting fit, and staying that way is not a short term gig.
Stored calories are held in fat cells.A A Break this bad habit by replacing your sedentary lifestyle with exercise in the late afternoon or early evening.
A Another reason why exercising later in the day is good is because not everyone has the time during the morning before work or the day gets underway to do justice to a solid workout. If you are a busy mom of two and need to get your kids off to school or to daycare before you head off to work, when is there time to get to the gym to workout? More times than not the workout gets bumped from the daily schedule and all the efforts at eating right and trying to lose weight are reduced significantly.
A Get around this by scheduling your exercise at a time you know you won't have any conflicts that will interrupt you. Most people make the mistake of only writing down the foods they eat during a planned meal. But they forget about the cream they put in their coffee, a spoonful of ice cream they snuck when serving dessert, a few crackers they popped in their mouth because they suddenly had a sugar craving.A A Some people will find themselves disciplined enough to resist mindless eating. But if you're just starting out in your diet, or not sure how your willpower will hold out, the best thing you can do to kick this habit is to keep a small notebook tucked away in your pocket or in your purse. Every time you get the urge to bring food to your mouth, pull out that notebook and write down what you are about to eat.
That one small move will snap you into the realization that you might be consuming calories that will negatively affect your diet.A A There are a whole lot of reasons why people eat mindlessly. That depression can range from life changes or even frustration over your current health and happiness. It could be anything from a sluggish thyroid to faulty genetics to just not having enough time to think about weight loss.A A I'm here to tell you to knock it off! The only way you will lose weight and keep it off is stop making excuses for why you're not succeeding. In fact, having a sluggish thyroid or other genetic problem may be an additional barrier to how fast you can lose weight. People with "bad" genetics and even health problems do manage to lose weight when they put their mind to it. The thing that keeps them from losing weight is falling back on the reason it is so difficult for them.A A Use symbols of physical activity to represent your new lifestyle.
This takes your attention away from food and refocuses it on the new behaviors that will make you feel good. Put an apple, or a copy of diet books on your desk, put your walking shoes in a conspicuous place rather than in your closet. Buy some books on walking, yoga, or other physical activities and place them on tables in different rooms. Each time you lay your eyes on them, you can give yourself a quick pat on the back for all the changes you are making.
A visible token of the new you in every room of the house will stimulate you to keep up the good work, keep your eating under control, and remind you to keep up the positive dialogue with yourself.A A Deposit a certain sum of money to a savings account for the successful completion of your behavior change strategy each day. If you deposit a dollar for every mile walked you will soon have enough to buy the new clothes you are going to need. You deserve a good new wardrobe.A A Learn everything you possibly can about your "excuse" for not losing weight.
For instance, if you have a sluggish thyroid, talk to your health care provider about being put on medication to regulate it, if needed.
Learn what foods interfere with thyroid hormone production.A Allowing yourself to use excuses for why you are unable to lose weight will only be self-defeating.
Empower yourself to change those excuses around and become proactive in your desire to lose weight.A A You may not lose weight as fast as someone else who does not have the same issues you have. And I can guarantee that you won't lose any weight if you continue to use your excuses as a crutch.A If it were really that easy to lose weight then everyone would do it. We wouldn't be a society of overweight people.Weight loss takes dedication and a conscious effort to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly. It may not be intentional but most people underestimatethe amount of calories and fat they eat in any given day. If you're supposed to exercise for 30 minutes and you only exercise for 20, you're not giving yourself the truth.
Anyone would argue that 20 minutes of exercise is still better than zero minutes of exercise. But you will go further over the long haul and make more progress towards reaching your goal if you are honest about exactly what it is you are doing. If you're eating something healthy like fresh garden greens and lean meats it may not make a difference.
But there will come a time when you've reached your weight loss goal where you'll start introducing higher calorie foods occasionally. Not everyone in your household will be on a diet and not everyone will want to eat the same foods you need to eat to lose weight. It's also tiring to have to make two different meals to satisfy different people.A A Remember that no one is going to keep you on track but you.
When there are differing menu choices for the family, make sure you incorporate your diet menu into the overall meal plan. For instance, if everyone else is having tacos for dinner, instead of using high calorie, high carbohydrate tortillas, make a taco salad for yourself.
For every hour of the day, enter in what chores everyone in the family wants to do and needs to do for an entire week.
Occasionally, you will find that you have cheated on your diet or skipped your exercise program and think you've blown it.
Instead of getting right back on the wagon after you've fallen, you continue cheating and then decide to start back up eating right and exercising the next day.A A While I applaud you for getting right back on that wagon and getting back into your weight loss and fitness program again, I need to caution you about the mindset of blowing it all the way. But there are mistakes, and then there are disasters.A If you overindulge one evening or cheat on your diet, the best thing for you to do as soon as you realize your mistake is to stop right there and make yourself get right back on track. But as soon as you recognize it, then make sure you stop and get right back on the program to prevent further damaging your momentum. It's not enough to say that you'll do an extra set of crunches or an additional 15 minutes of aerobics. In this guide I'm going to give you straight talk about what it takes to rapidly lose weight and get fit in a healthy way.
I'm going to show you exactly what you need to do, step-by-step, so you can reach your weight loss goal and keep that weight off for the long term.
Granted, obesity does run in some families, but that doesn't mean you have to sit back and accept your overweight as a kind of family curse. More than likely it's simply the result of careless or naive eating habits and far too little physical activity - lazy habits passed on from generation to generation.
Some people are unable to digest dairy products because their body doesn't produce an enzyme called lactase.
Eating the right meal within an hour or two after exercise can make the biggest difference you've noticed yet. That's the time when your body needs -and most effectively uses- food to turn your effort into stronger muscles and increased energy levels. It's not enough to simply eat enough food to keep your metabolism running at optimal performance.
You're body is only going to use what it needs at that particular moment and nothing more. By then end of the day, you've already burned most of the calories you are going to burn during the day. Sure, popcorn has a high amount of fiber, something that is good when you're on a diet.
A Get around this by scheduling your exercise at a time you know you won't have any conflicts that will interrupt you.
But if you're just starting out in your diet, or not sure how your willpower will hold out, the best thing you can do to kick this habit is to keep a small notebook tucked away in your pocket or in your purse.
It could be anything from a sluggish thyroid to faulty genetics to just not having enough time to think about weight loss.A A I'm here to tell you to knock it off! The only way you will lose weight and keep it off is stop making excuses for why you're not succeeding. If you're eating something healthy like fresh garden greens and lean meats it may not make a difference.



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