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XYZ
02-03-2012, 11:37 AM
Hey guys, I'd appreciate it if you could estimate my bodyfat from the following pics. I'm around 255 lbs, 6'0" and I've been cutting for 3 weeks now, have lost at least 6-7 lbs in that time period. I was thinking around 30%. Thanks in advance.

http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=30530&d=1328290659
http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=30529&d=1328290648
http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=30528&d=1328290633
http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=30527&d=1328290622

ZAR-FIT
02-03-2012, 01:17 PM
Between 30 and 35% is a good estimate. LBM approx. 165-175lbs.

XYZ
02-03-2012, 01:24 PM
Thanks for your reply. I was also guessing my LBM was in that range. So based on my LBM do you think 185@12% is a reasonable goal for me?

Behemoth
02-04-2012, 10:55 AM
Thanks for your reply. I was also guessing my LBM was in that range. So based on my LBM do you think 185@12% is a reasonable goal for me?

It's reasonable. A lot of times numbers can be deceiving with regard to LBM mainly due to the large capacity of water and glycogen that can fluctuate. With regard to body composition I've always considered numbers themselves trivial. Whether or not the composition meets your visual goals is far more important than simple what weight or what bodyfat % you actually are.

XYZ
02-04-2012, 11:14 AM
It's reasonable. A lot of times numbers can be deceiving with regard to LBM mainly due to the large capacity of water and glycogen that can fluctuate. With regard to body composition I've always considered numbers themselves trivial. Whether or not the composition meets your visual goals is far more important than simple what weight or what bodyfat % you actually are.

Weighed myself today, I've dropped 2.5 lbs in the last week, and overall have lost 9 lbs since the beginning of my cut... I was thinking this might be a bit too fast for a cut, since that's an average of 3 lbs a week, I'm consuming an average of 2400 calories per day.
My strength has also dropped a bit, for example I was benching 275x6-7 pretty easily before my cut, now 275x4 is tough lol

Behemoth
02-04-2012, 10:16 PM
Weighed myself today, I've dropped 2.5 lbs in the last week, and overall have lost 9 lbs since the beginning of my cut... I was thinking this might be a bit too fast for a cut, since that's an average of 3 lbs a week, I'm consuming an average of 2400 calories per day.
My strength has also dropped a bit, for example I was benching 275x6-7 pretty easily before my cut, now 275x4 is tough lol

Keep in mind that if you're dieting to BE a lighter body weight (IE get down to 185 and stay there) that the diet essentially never really ends. IMO, if a 2.5lbs per week loss were continued long term it would be too radical to sustain and then transition out of. You may make it to your goal but you likely would not be in a condition to stay there. I also don't think that strength loss should manifest anywhere near as soon as week three of a diet.

Can you give us some more history about your past training and/or diet history?

XYZ
02-05-2012, 11:56 AM
Keep in mind that if you're dieting to BE a lighter body weight (IE get down to 185 and stay there) that the diet essentially never really ends. IMO, if a 2.5lbs per week loss were continued long term it would be too radical to sustain and then transition out of. You may make it to your goal but you likely would not be in a condition to stay there. I also don't think that strength loss should manifest anywhere near as soon as week three of a diet.

Can you give us some more history about your past training and/or diet history?

Well, basically I've been lifting for about 1 year now; in that time period, I gained lots of strength (I got to a 450 lb deadlift, 275x7 bench, 120 lbs DB bench...) and increased my muscle mass considerably. You could say my diet was pretty crappy, I only recently started counting my calories and daily macros with precision but I'd estimate that I was consuming 4000+ calories in that time period all while making sure I got enough protein...that coupled with the fact that I had a medical disorder which slowed my metabolism down (it's been taken care of now) and the fact that I already had a rather high bodyfat when I started lifting caused me to also gain lots of fat.

Initally I was aiming to cut down to 200@12% bf since I calculated my LBM to be 175 lbs (which is also in the range that ZAR FIT estimated it to be in) but like you said LBM numbers can be deceiving so I decided to aim for 185@12%.