26 Percent Body Fat To 12-13 Percent Body Fat | How Long?

Akash Sehrawat

2 min read | Dec 29, 2018

Q) Hey Akash, how long does it take a person to go from 26 percent body fat to around about 12- 13 percent body fat?


A) Thanks for your question. It took me ~6 months to go from 26 percent body fat to 12 -13 percent body fat:



In the before photo, I was at 26–27 percent body fat, and in the after picture, I was at 12–13 percent body fat.


I also didn’t lose muscle mass.


Although I suffered some strength loss, I am ok with that.


I dropped down from 26 percent body fat to 20 percent body fat pretty fast, I guess within 8 weeks or so.


Do note weight (fat) loss is never linear.


Here Is A Graph To Depict Weight Loss Behavior:



Usually, when a person starts at 26 percent body fat, he faces the first plateau after 8 weeks. This is what happened to me.


I got stuck at 20 percent body fat. 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 percent body fat 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 Articles:


5 Skinny Fat Diet Tips (And Lifestyle Tips)


7 Skinny Fat Workout Tips (#7 Is My Favorite)


Final Note


Anyone going from 26 percent body fat to 10- 13 percent body fat should do it in phases that’s what I teach in my courses.


Let me know if you have any doubts/queries, and yeah, one last thing sometimes people underestimate their starting point.


Related Courses:



[0-20] Ultimate Fat Loss Transformation Program



Lean- The Ultimate Skinny-Fat Solution


I get so many emails with people sending their pictures and, in most cases underestimating their body fat percentages.


And so, I wrote an article to clear things out. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.


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.


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