What percent you at bro?!?!?!
There are a lot of misconceptions as far as how percent body fat relates to APPEARING lean or being able to 👀”see your abs”
The attached photo I am 13.7% bodyfat and my abs are very visible where others can be 5% bodyfat and still appear flabby around their mid section.
How the heck is this possible?
🔎let’s closely examine what body fat % is actually measuring which is a ratio of fat to non fat. In the fat bucket is essential and non-essential fat and in the non-fat bucket is lean body weight (bone, muscle, water). Here can lie some of the misconceptions. Say you lose 10 lbs in a month, since your calories are lower your carbohydrate intake is likely lower (along with your fats). So of the 10 lbs, 4 of it is fat and 6 is water. This would register as an ⬆️INCREASE⬆️ in bodyfat percent because even though you LOST FAT you lost MORE lean bodyweight (in this case water)
What! Darn you math‼️😫
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE...
Your Body fat % number still isn’t going to say too much about how you LOOK or if you’re going to see your abs. It can serve as a general ball park figure but lets dive deeper and look at the key factors in ones ability to see their abs or appear “shredded”
BODYFAT DISTRIBUTION (bodyshape)
This refers to how your bodyfat is placed over your body. Is your bodyfat stored all around one place or evenly throughout your body. Males sometimes store more fat in their midsection and are leaner in their extremities where females tend to store more fat in their hips, glutes, and thighs and appear leaner around their waist. Often times different fruits are used to show the difference in bodyshape and fat distribution.
Muscle Development💪 the larger and fuller your skeletal muscles the leaner you will appear. Picture 2 identical sized icebergs. One is 75% under water and the other one is 75% above the water. The one above water iceberg is going to look so much bigger. Muscle mass is the same, large and fuller muscles will gently push the fat out of the way and expose themselves creating a leaner, toned look.
SUBCUTANEOUS VS VISERAL
Subcutaneous & visceral fat also know as surface fat & non-surface fat is your fat stored more around your organs and internally or more on the surface of your body directly below the skin. This is a very key factor as subcutaneous fat is what we see as visceral fat is stored underneath the muscles and around the organs.