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6% body fat goal remains; Interesting forum discussion.

Friday, February 23, 2007 by  
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February
23
2007

So, yesterday I was musing on the possibility of cutting back to 4% body fat instead of 6% body fat. As a result, a few interesting discussions were sparked on the forum. This thread is a particularly good discussion, and it covers a lot of ground (health, cosmetic surgery, what is attractive and why?)

There are a whole host of reasons people train with weights, workout and eat a careful diet: general health, strength, athletic performance, aesthetics, endurance, etc. In my view none of those reasons for training and eating right are any more valid than any other. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to “look good naked”. I’ll be the first to admit that is a big part of why I train. I’m not ashamed of that, why should I be? I don’t understand what we’re supposed to say when asked questions like, “Why do we find ripped abs attractive?” Hey, some people do, and some don’t. Some people like steak and the color blue. Great, but how can anyone be expected to explain why? Is “why” even important? Nah, I don’t think so.

Having said that, health is my number one priority. This whole fitness thing started because I felt like I was dying. I would never put my appearance over my health. That’s why I don’t use steroids or other substances that I feel may be potentially harmful. My diet over the past four years has always been very healthy, but ever since I switched to a 100% all-natural diet I’ve felt better than I have in my entire life. Of course I don’t need to eat an all-natural diet to get ripped, but my health is very important to me. Countless guys my age are dropping dead from heart attacks and undergoing serious surgeries for other very avoidable health problems. I barely had a cold over the past year, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

So the point of all my rambling is that I feel having a healthy body and an aesthetically pleasing body are fully attainable goals. These things are not mutually exclusive, although they certainly can be if you value your appearance more than your health.

As for me, after talking with Mastover I’ve decided to keep with my original goal of 6% body fat and not cut back to 4%. Cutting to 4% body fat will certainly result in some muscle loss, and I’m not willing to do that for a week of pictures. When I return to a more sustainable 7-8% body fat, all I’ll have to show for my efforts is a handful of photographs that are no longer accurate depictions of my body, and less muscle. It seems pointless to me. 6% body fat is already mighty low, and I will be able to get there healthily and with minimal to no muscle loss. That’s the path that makes the most sense to me.

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