You want to shed your love handles and let your six pack finally shine through. But arbitrary goals like this are hard to measureâ€”and therefore harder to accomplish. Something like, say, shedding 5% of your body fat? Thatâ€™s a number you can form a game plan around (check out these workouts if you donâ€™t know where to start).
But shaving 5% off lands you in a different state depending on where your starting line is. At 20% body fat, youâ€™re smack in the middle of the average range for men. Knocking 5% off will launch you into the â€śfitnessâ€ť category and start to give you that coveted abdominal definition. At 15% body fat, on the other hand, ditching 5% will land you a fully defined six pack and serious vascularity.
Most guys want the latter (although at 15%, youâ€™ll still be more cut than most guys you know). But if youâ€™re starting at a higher number, you have totally different habits to break than the 15% guysâ€”so focus on the first 5% first. (If youâ€™re not there yet, check out 25 ways to lose fat faster first.)
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