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 with me.
I got stuck at 20%. I had to change few things like exercise intensity, calories intake, and few other things that allowed me to move forward.
The toughest is at 15% when your body goes into an 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 be play intelligently with numbers, especially someone who is Skinny Fat.
Anyone going from 20% to 10%-12% should do it in phases that what I teach in my courses.
Let me know if you have 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.
I wrote an article to clear things out: