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Lowest Healthy Year Round Bodyfat Percentage? (Male)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM

What's the lowest healthy, year round bodyfat percentage for men? As I approach single digit bodyfat percentage, I wonder how low I should go.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 28, 2012
at 12:27 AM

^ He has made great progress, but to me that looks > 10& bf. However, it might just be a little lose skin, not sure.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 28, 2012
at 12:25 AM

^ He has made great progress, but that looks more like > 10%BF

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 28, 2012
at 12:25 AM

http://cavemantoday.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/l1070736.jpg

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on September 27, 2012
at 09:27 PM

You know what's funny? I bet if this guy walked into a conventional medical practice and got on a scale, his BMI would have him as "morbidly obese." =)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 27, 2012
at 09:26 PM

...but I did come from being largely underweight though, so getting to a low body fat percentage was largely achieved by just gaining muscle mass.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 27, 2012
at 09:24 PM

I also came from being largely underweight though, so seeing my abs and reducing body fat percentage was really just a matter of building muscle.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on September 27, 2012
at 09:10 PM

It is going to depend at least in part on your natural body composition and set point. I would not worry about any "harm" from being a low body fat as long as you aren't overly restricting and/or overtraining to get there. I am told a good way to tell who is going to last with abs is by looking at their face. If they look sick or gaunt, they'll never keep em. YOu shouldn't just feel healthy, but you should really LOOK healthy too.

I sit around 6-8% year round, but have been lower. I get full blood panels/physicals 2x per year and am in good health...and aside from that I feel terrific. Have not been sick in years either. Once you get abs though, it's so easy to maintain. My guess is dropping enough fat to see them is more than 70% of the battle. Once you have them though, you'll likely not see them go without putting a lot of effort into and really being bad to yourself.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 27, 2012
at 09:26 PM

...but I did come from being largely underweight though, so getting to a low body fat percentage was largely achieved by just gaining muscle mass.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 27, 2012
at 09:24 PM

I also came from being largely underweight though, so seeing my abs and reducing body fat percentage was really just a matter of building muscle.

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on September 27, 2012
at 11:55 PM

Johnny has been maintaining about 6% body fat for a few years now:

www.thesimplesaloon.com

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 28, 2012
at 12:25 AM

^ He has made great progress, but that looks more like > 10%BF

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 28, 2012
at 12:25 AM

http://cavemantoday.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/l1070736.jpg

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 28, 2012
at 12:27 AM

^ He has made great progress, but to me that looks > 10& bf. However, it might just be a little lose skin, not sure.

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on September 27, 2012
at 11:19 PM

As an ACSM cPT they say 10% is lowest people should be while staying healthy. However, I don't believe in that. You should stay at whatever you feel comfortable at. For me, it's around 8-9% where I don't have to make any kind of crazy diet changes or change my training program to something I don't want to do...

If you want to drop into the single digits, is it only going to be for a certain period of time?

If you don't mind me asking, how much do you weigh?

I'd suggest playing around at different percentages and see how you feel. However, the lower the muscle mass, I'd say you should be careful in those single digits.

If you feel you are low in muscle mass do some powerlifting, gain some mass, then lean out.

Good Luck!

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on September 27, 2012
at 09:07 PM

There are guys like Ido Portal

lowest-healthy-year-round-bodyfat-percentage?-(male)

Walking around all year long with sub 10% BF and he's doing fine. Don't go much lower than that though.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on September 27, 2012
at 09:27 PM

You know what's funny? I bet if this guy walked into a conventional medical practice and got on a scale, his BMI would have him as "morbidly obese." =)

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