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New goal? ~4% body fat?

Thursday, February 22, 2007 by  
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I wonder what my body fat percentage was back in the summer of 2003? At the time I estimated that I was around 8%, but now when I look at all the pictures I took in June 2003 I’m pretty sure that I was actually lower than 8% body fat – probably closer to 6%.

Just look at how skinny I was in these pictures, which were taken on June 17th, 2003. These photographs were taken on the very last day of my initial fat loss phase. I weighed just 160 pounds!

June 17th, 2003

June 17th, 2003

June 17th, 2003

June 17th, 2003

As most of you know, my current fat loss goal is 6% body fat. Because I’ve added over 40 pounds of muscle in the years since the above pictures were taken, it’s going to be a much nicer looking 6% body fat! The reason I mention all this is because I’m wondering if 6% is going to be low enough to get rid of the stubborn fat below my belly button. If I was at 6% back in 2003, then the answer is probably “No”. I still had some fat in that area back then. It was not a lot, but it was there.

Somewhere on the forum yesterday (I don’t recall the specific thread), someone mentioned that Tom Venuto, author of the extremely popular e-book Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle, once wrote that he must diet down to ~4% body fat before his lower abdominal fat is completely gone. The area bellow the belly button is a very common trouble spot for a lot of men. Us guys just tend to store fat in that location first, and it’s the absolute last place it comes off.

Tom’s statement (which, by the way, I have not seen firsthand – if anyone has a link I’d love to read what he has to say on the subject) got me thinking. Maybe I need to go all the way this year. If for no other reason than to prove to myself that it is possible to get rid of the small amount of fat in that area that has plagued me throughout my entire transformation.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m thinking very seriously about changing my body fat goal to ~4%, or whatever it takes to completely eliminate the fat below my belly button. I’ve always resisted cosmetic surgery, and the idea that I can get the look I’m after through hard work and dedication really appeals to me. Stay tuned!

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