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“Reality: Having SOME Lower Ab Fat Is NORMAL”
What’s going on guys, Sean Nalewanyj, SeanNal.com, and today
I want to talk a bit about lower ab fat, and the fact that, despite a lot of the pictures you see on instagram or in magazines or advertisements, unless you’re competing and/or you’re dieting down to very low levels of body fat for a temporary period, having some visible lower ab fat is normal for pretty much everyone.
I get a lot of questions about this where someone will tell me that they’ve been in a cutting phase and have leaned down their entire body and are happy with their results, but they still have that last bit of lower belly fat remaining that they can’t seem to get rid of.
Like I’ve talked about many times before, it’s not possible to “spot reduce” and to target fat loss from specific areas of your body, and so the only way to reduce that lower belly fat is by reducing your
overall body fat percentage as a whole. And the truth is that it’s actually very difficult to get your body fat percentage down low enough to where that very lower portion of your stomach is
The vast majority of people will hold onto that last bit of abdominal fat unless they’re very, very lean, in which case they probably won’t be able to maintain it over the long term anyway unless they’re an extreme genetic outlier or they’re using drugs to help out.
Can you get an impressively lean and muscular body without side effects? Yes. Can you have visible six pack abs? Yes. For most guys, hovering somewhere around 10% body fat would be possible without side effects assuming they’re willing to put in the work for it.
However, this idea that you’re going to be a permanently shredded 7% body fat with ripped lower abs all the time is just not realistic, and even 8% properly measured on a DEXA scan won’t be possible for most guys if they want to maintain optimal health. Even 10% is pretty low for that matter if we’re talking about a true measurement, and probably 11% or 12% will be more realistic on a year round basis.
Your body is a survival machine and it’s meant to carry a certain amount of body fat/abdominal fat for proper functioning. The leaner and leaner you get, the harder and harder it becomes to get increasingly leaner. And as you push that boundary further and further and try to maintain it for any real length of time, you will start running into side effects, which is just your body’s way of protecting itself and trying to restore balance.
Your energy levels will decrease, your hunger will increase, cognitive function will decrease, sex drive will decrease – these are just a few things that happen as you drop your body fat into those very low levels in attempt to lose that last bit of lower ab fat.
You certainly can have a defined midsection and relatively lean lower abs if you’ve determined that it’s really worth it for you, but again, having shredded six pack abs from top to bottom with no visible lower ab fat just isn’t going to happen for 99% of natural trainees year round.
Again, keep in mind that there are diminishing returns with this. So, going from, say, 16% body fat down to 12% might take the same amount of effort as going from 12% to 10%, and that might take the same effort as going from 10% down to 9%. So, you really have to take a look at your life as a whole and decide what amount of effort and sacrifice is really worth a particular result for you.
But, bottom line guys, unless you’re competing or you’re getting temporarily very lean for whatever reason, having some visible lower ab fat is normal and it’s probably not going to disappear completely.
If you really truly want to get that lower belly fat down to the lowest level possibe then that’s up to you, but for most guys on a year round basis, going lower than 10% body fat is probably not realistic without side effects, and at 10% and above, you’re still going to have some lower ab fat, and that’s just the way it is.
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Slim Down With These Great Ideas
We all know keeping yourself in shape is vital, particularly with being overweight rates in the us rising easily. Want to work out, but don’t possess any great ideas? There are lots of methods to focus on your own health and fitness, and also this article describes some good ways to enjoy yourself while training and keeping yourself healthful.
To help tone up your biceps for development and definition, a two-handed left arm curl is by far the very best workout that you can do. Using a simple body weight club as well as minimum 30 lbs of body weight, make sure you do three groups of 7-10 curls every day. This workout will take mere moments as well as the effects is going to be leaner, stronger, larger biceps.
Something you have to do is make certain you workout all areas of your body. You may not require to work out all areas of your body everyday, but rather possess a timetable of doing various things and several of the identical exercises every day. It is essential to workout all areas of your body with various workout routines.
Therefore, acquiring and keeping yourself in shape does not have to be the unreachable pinnacle in your life. It’s just a matter of developing endurance by doing some thing you love, an activity which get your pulse rate up and you can do at least once or twice a week. A program like that might not allow you to into an Olympic star, however it can present you with a healthy body, make your body weight straight down, consequently making you feel better about on your own.