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Starting Leangains with a high BF%?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 01, 2013 at 8:19 PM

I've been lifting for a while now, and ready to turn the switch to making fat loss my primary goal, as opposed to strength. I just had by BF checked last week, and it came back at 28% (180lbs lean, 70lbs fat). Obviously this is way too high.

I am interested in trying Leangains, not so much because of the fast weight loss, because getting strict with my diet should do that for me anyway, at least for a good portion of what I need to lose. I am more interested in the claims that implementing Leangains can lead to a 90/10 split of fat loss to muscle loss.

Can anyone with Leangains experience provide guidance? With this limited info, is there any reason why I shouldnt be doing Leangains? I've seen some comments that you should be under 15% bodyfat before starting LG, but then I've seen other testimonials that show people in my situation having success. Also, if you have done or are doing Leangains, what was your experience with the advertised 90/10 split for weight loss?

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I myself just went from about 25% to 17ish% using the methods outlined by Tim Ferriss in the 4 Hour Body, without IF. I plan to consider Martin's approach when I get to 12ish and see how I feel and if I plateau there. Just my n=1, and I do not think it makes it not worth considering, just that for now you need to pick the plan you will stick too and tweak from there. If you think you'll stick to IF, try it. I stick well to 4HB, so I do that and I'm happy with the results. Also in the future just edit your original post to make it easier on people answering, to see everything in one place.

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on April 01, 2013
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I think if you're 28% BF your diet probably sucks as is and getting relatively strict on any program would give you some results. Everybody is different. Martin has written that he hasn't found IF to be necessary until people are dealing with what he calls "stubborn fat", which is when you're trying to go from a 4 pack to a 6 pack, but that you can get results at a higher BF% as well, just that it's not as necessary at that point. As with everything YMMV. Try it for 30 days, see what happens.

The good plan you can stick to is better than the perfect one you can't.

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on April 01, 2013
at 10:26 PM

I agree that anything should work. I am interested in the 90/10 piece though. If I'm lucky/work hard enough to lose 50 lbs, I'd much rather it be a 45/5 split than a 38/12 split. Does starting at a higher bf% make this not worth considering? Seems like the goal should be to minimize muscle loss no matter what my starting point is.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on April 01, 2013
at 10:42 PM

I myself just went from about 25% to 17ish% using the methods outlined by Tim Ferriss in the 4 Hour Body, without IF. I plan to consider Martin's approach when I get to 12ish and see how I feel and if I plateau there. Just my n=1, and I do not think it makes it not worth considering, just that for now you need to pick the plan you will stick too and tweak from there. If you think you'll stick to IF, try it. I stick well to 4HB, so I do that and I'm happy with the results. Also in the future just edit your original post to make it easier on people answering, to see everything in one place.

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