20 Percent Body Fat To 10 Percent Body Fat | How Long Did It Take You?
It Took Me 6 Months (+-2 Weeks). Here Is My Transformation Picture
In the before photo, I was at 26–27% body fat percentage, and in the after picture, I was at 12–13%. This complete transformation took me 6.5 months. I also didn’t lose muscle mass.
Although I suffered some strength loss, I am ok with that. I dropped down from 27% to 20% pretty fast, I guess within 8 weeks or so. Do note weight (fat) loss is never linear. Here is the graph to depict weight loss behavior.
Usually, when a person starts at 27%, he faces the first plateau after 8 weeks. This is what happened to me. I got stuck at 20%. I had to change a few things, like exercise intensity, calorie intake, and a few other things that allowed me to move forward.
The toughest is at 15%, when your body goes into alarm mode and shuts off its metabolism. You see, the body is designed to love fat. Body fat is essential for its survival. One pound of body fat has 3,500 calories. So one needs to play intelligently with numbers, especially someone who is skinny fat.
Related Article: 5 Skinny Fat Diet Tips [And Lifestyle Tips]
Anyone going from 20% to 10%-12% should do it in phases; that is what I teach in my courses. Let me know if you have any doubts/queries.
Yeah, one last thing sometimes, people underestimate their starting point. I get emails with people sending their pictures and, in most cases underestimating their body fat percentages.
Related Article: Body Fat Percentage Chart For Men Women (With Pictures)
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About Akash Sehrawat
Akash is a creator of 25+ programs and certificate courses in which more than 200,000 students have enrolled both on Udemy and Fabulous Body's native platform. Akash is also an author of three books that can be found on Amazon. His answers on Quora have gathered more than 12 million views in less than a year.